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COVID-19 caseload stable

COVID-19 cases are slowly declining nationally and across Virginia, while cases in the Three Rivers Health District remain stable, according to the weekly report from Dr. Richard Williams, district medical director.

The number of cases nationwide averaged about 100,775 cases per day over the past week, he said, while the Virginia average was 2,446 cases per day. Three Rivers had just under 30 cases per day, with continuing outbreaks in vulnerable settings.

Around 549 people were hospitalized in Virginia daily over a seven-day average as of Monday, said Williams, and about 73.9 percent of Virginia’s total population is now fully vaccinated.

Williams said that an increase in Covid cases is expected due to the BA.4 and BA.5 variants of the virus, but that “it does not appear at this point that these variants will lead to increased severity of disease on a case-by-case basis.”

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