Health District adds 10 deaths in three days as Virginia monitors omicron | Everyday

The Virginia Department of Health is warning residents this week to continue practicing virus mitigation efforts following reports of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in southern Africa, Europe, Brazil and Japan.

As of Monday, there were no known cases of the new variant in Virginia or the United States, according to a press release from VDH.

However, officials are certain it is happening, like previous variants, particularly the highly contagious delta variant that arrived in Virginia and the northern Shenandoah Valley this summer.

“In Virginia, we are fortunate to have a robust genetic sequencing program to quickly determine if any variants of concern are circulating in our communities,” Denise Toney, Virginia Division Director of Consolidated Laboratory Services said in the release.

“Our network of labs across the Commonwealth are committed to sequencing as many positive samples as possible,” she says.

In Lord Fairfax District, which covers Winchester and Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to emerge and have increased in recent days.

Six deaths in the area were reported on Saturday and four on Tuesday.

These deaths, which may have occurred within the past few days or weeks, were reported in Frederick (three), Shenandoah (three), Page (two), Clarke (one) and Winchester (one).

Warren County’s last death was reported Nov. 17.

The VDH has reported 58 deaths in the district this month and 172 since September 1.

Of these, 59 were in Frederick, 40 in Shenandoah, 29 in Warren, 27 in Page, nine in Clarke, and eight in Winchester.

The health district added 93 new cases on Tuesday and has a seven-day average of 82 new daily cases.

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