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Delta variant still ‘surges on’

The COVID-19 Delta variant still “surges on,” with a Virginia case rate of over 3,400 new cases per day over a seven-day average, according to the weekly update from Three Rivers Health District Director Dr. Richard Williams. This is up from 2,900 new cases per day last week.

In the Three Rivers Health District, there were 491 new cases during the past week, down from the 638 new cases recorded last week, but still significantly higher than the case rate has been since the vaccine began to be widely distributed in the district. On top of that, the district’s contact tracers are currently tracking around 2,000 people who might have been exposed to the virus.

In Gloucester, 153 new cases were identified during the past week, for a total of 3,106 cases since the pandemic began, and one person was hospitalized with the virus, for a total of 77.

Mathews had 29 new cases during the past week, for a total of 757 since last March, while Middlesex had 37 new cases, for total of 715. N...

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