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COVID-19 numbers rise, yet at slower rate

In the midst of a nationwide surge of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of cases in Virginia is also accelerating, but at a slower rate, according to Dr. Richard Williams, director of the Three Rivers Health District.

The U.S. as a whole recorded a seven-day moving average of over 119,000 cases—an all-time high, said Dr. Williams in a press release, and the number of people hospitalized with the virus has doubled nationally since mid-September.

As of Monday, the seven-day moving average of cases in Virginia was up to 1,437, but the positivity rate, at 6.1 percent, remained below the state’s previously-announced target range of under 10 percent.

Statewide, according to the Virginia Department of Health website, 196,506 people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, with 10,670 cases occurring since last Wednesday. A total of 13,273 people have been hospitalized with the virus, 476 during the past week, and 3,741 people have died, 64 between last Wednesday ...

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