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Covid case rates stable this week

COVID-19 cases were stable nationally, statewide, and across the Three Rivers Health District during the past week.

According to a press release from Dr. Richard Williams, medical director for the district, the U.S. as a whole averaged around 103,000 new cases per day, while Virginia had around 2,873 cases daily. The uptick that occurred in Three Rivers last week continued, he said, with more than 30 cases per day districtwide and continued outbreaks in vulnerable settings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the community level of Covid in Gloucester and Mathews was low as of Wednesday morning, while Middlesex was high. The remaining seven counties in the district had medium community levels of the illness.

Around 577 Virginians were hospitalized with Covid on Monday.

New variants

Williams said that two new Covid subvariants that arose in South Africa, BA.4 and BA.5, now account for about 10 percent of the new cases in the region where Virginia is located. Th...

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