WASHINGTON – COVID-19 cases are rising slowly across the United States as the nation prepares for what could be a possible summer rise.
On April 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the current seven-day moving average of daily new cases was 53,133 – an increase of just over 25 percent compared to the previous seven-day moving average of 42,427.
The increase in cases can be traced to Omicron’s BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 subvariants. That Virginia Department of Health says behavioral changes and Omicron’s sub-variants may drive the summer rise with models suggesting cases and hospitalization stops somewhere between levels seen below the Delta and Omicron waves.
VDH officials say that Omicron’s BA.2 subvariant is dominant in Virginia at the moment, and that the BA.2.12.1 subvariant has begun to make inroads – especially in New York and the Northeast.
Health authorities with VDH say the expected deaths are much lower than previous waves in Virginia.