CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – While COVID-19 cases in the Blue Ridge Health District are rising again, doctors at UVA Health say it’s due to a newer variant that is taking over.
“I think what we are seeing is an increase in the number of cases locally as well as regionally and across the state,” Dr. Costi Sifri said on Monday, April 18th.
Medical experts track the subvariant of the omicron variant of coronavirus as it spreads.
“BA.2 has replaced the original omicron in the United States, and it’s even more contagious,” said Dr. Bill Petri. “It is responsible for the increase in COVID-19 cases in Virginia and the Northeastern United States”
Dr. Sifri says the good news is that this variant does not cause increasing hospital admissions: “What we do not see is a significant increase. In fact, we do not see a significant increase in the number of cases in the hospital of people diagnosed with COVID “, especially people diagnosed with severe COVID. The ICU count has remained relatively stable and low,” he said.
Sifri says the increase in cases is affecting hospital staff.
“We also see this reflected in some of our staff here at UVA, and that was what we anticipated seeing. We approached the bottom of the number of cases after the omicron rise, and we reached a bottom level. Now we see a increase, ”said Sifri.
Dr. Petri says it’s even more important to get a booster shot.
“Now is a good time to get your second booster if you are eligible,” Petri said.
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