CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) – Dr. Denise Bonds, The Blue Ridge Health District health director issued a report during a face-to-face meeting Wednesday, exactly two years after the pandemic began in the Charlottesville area.

“Today we meet in person, which is a symbol of the first two years,” she said.

Since the onset of the pandemic, BRHD has seen nearly 44,000 cases, more than 1,200 admissions and more than 1,600 violation complaints of the COVID-19 Executive Order introduced in 2020.

Bonds say COVID cases are low right now, but that the pandemic is here to stay, pointing to a sub-variant of Omicron that has been discovered in the health district.

“So far, we have had a few cases in our health district so far of BA.2, but we are primarily seeing the original variant,” she said.

Bonds also say further eruptions and increases in COVID are unlikely to be over.

“What we need to do now is learn to live with it in a way that is safe,” she said.

This means that you try to hold parties outdoors.

“Hold birthday parties and barbecues and other things, socialize outside,” Bonds said.