Health officials warn of COVID-19 surge in central Virginia

Posted at 5:39 PM, Dec 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-24 17:39:18-05

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Health officials at the University of Virginia say they expect a potential post-holiday surge of COVID-19 cases in central Virginia.

Costi Sifri is head of epidemiology at the UVa Medical Center. He told The Daily Progress in Charlottesville that he anticipates a steep rise in cases from the omicron variant. The variant is driving a surge in cases across the country.

And it appears to be even more contagious than the delta strain. Sifri added that the region is still in the middle of a delta surge. It started in the fall and peaked in September.

The cases started to decrease in early November. But after Thanksgiving, health officials started to see increases.