Central Virginia COVID circumstances are climbing once more


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – COVID-19 cases across much of central Virginia have been increasing recently, but the numbers are still relatively low compared to Omicron’s level.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, new cases in the Chesterfield Health District have risen steadily since April 11, from 13 new cases to 140 new cases yesterday. This is the highest number of new cases reported in one day since March 10, when 309 cases were reported.

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New cases in Chesterfield were at an all-time high for the first two weeks of January. From January 1 to 14, between 400 and 1,000 new cases were reported every day. At the end of January, new cases began to fall sharply and have fluctuated ever since.

In the Chickahominy Health District, which includes Hanover and New Kent, new cases have remained relatively low since February but have increased slightly since last month. On April 9, the 7-day average for new cases (average of new cases over the previous seven days) was 11, today’s 7-day average is 23.3.

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Chickahominy County had the highest 7-day moving average of the pandemic on Jan. 13 at 320.3. Thereafter, new cases began to decline but did not reach the levels observed in the region today until late February.

The Crater Health District, which includes Petersburg and Prince George County, has steadily declined since Omicron peaked.

The crater district on March 18 had its lowest 7-day moving average since the summer of 2021, when it recorded an average of 6.3 new cases. It climbed to 25 by April 14 and has trended steadily down ever since.

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Crater recorded 598 new cases as of Jan. 12, the highest number in the district to date. The district’s highest 7-day average, 407, was recorded a few days later on Jan. 16.

New cases in Henrico County trended down following Omicron’s peak, but have shown a notable upward trend over the past month.

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Henrico recently had its lowest 7-day moving average, recording 25.1 on March 24th. New cases have increased significantly in the month since then, and the 7-day moving average now stands at 56.7.

Henrico’s highest number of new cases to date, 942, was recorded on January 2 and the highest 7-day average to date was 700.1, recorded on January 12.

New cases in the Richmond Health District have remained low since Omicron peaked. The district 7-day moving average was up in early April but is currently in a downtrend.

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On March 17, Richmond had a 7-day moving average of 11.4, the district’s lowest reading since the summer of 2021. The average rose until April 15, when it reached 59.6, and has been declining since.

Richmond had its highest 7-day moving average on Jan. 12 when it hit 487.3. Richmond had its highest-ever number of new cases on Jan. 26, when 659 new cases were reported.