Virginia COVID numbers are climbing. Is one other surge on the best way?

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Just as life feels like it’s getting back to normal, Virginia’s COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

The number of positive cases is double what it was in early April and up 27% over the past week, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

“Overall, we’re still in a much better place than we were in January with the Omicron surge, but this is a sign we need to remain vigilant,” said Dr. Lisa Thanjan of the Virginia Department of Health.

Most of the state, including all of the Hampton Roads, is green on the CDC cardindicating low prevalence in the community.

Southampton County is yellow, indicating moderate community spread of COVID-19.

Hospitalizations are also low. The Virginia Hospital and The Healthcare Association reported 166 Covid patients nationwide Monday.

“We have a high proportion of vaccinated people and we also have a high number of people who have recently contracted the disease. So we don’t expect a big increase in the current variants,” Thanjan said.

Omicron is what goes around. its subvariant, BA.2. 12.1, is responsible for the current COVID-19 surge in New York, Thanjan said.

So we need to keep monitoring the numbers.

This sub-variant is much more contagious than the original virus, but the symptoms appear to be much milder – like a cold.

“But people should still not think of this as a mild virus. People can still get really sick. This is especially true for unvaccinated people,” the doctor said.

Her advice, if you have a runny nose or a sore throat, get tested. If you are COVID-19 positive, quarantine for five days, then mask for another five days and stay away from people who are at high risk of serious complications.

If you haven’t already, get vaccinated and stick to the booster shots. That Booster recommendations vary and can be found here.

Virginians who have not been fully vaccinated or are eligible for booster doses may attend vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877) 829-4682 to find vaccination clinics nearby.

Those who wish to find or schedule a test appointment can visit vase.vdh.virginia.gov/testingappointment.