Vaccinations in Virginia continue to lag as the state approaches half a million doses distributed and the percentage of people testing positive climbs to nearly 16%, a first since early May.
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With Virginia’s percentage of positive COVID-19 tests climbing toward 12% and more than 4 million travelers passing through U.S. security checkpoints since Friday, health officials say the surge post-Christmas could bring hospitals to a breaking point.
Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday that he is considering further COVID-19 restrictions this week following upward trends since Thanksgiving and a weekend that saw the highest number of daily coronavirus cases ever recorded in Virginia, with 11,490 new infections coming in since Friday.
Northam urges Virginians to help stem the COVID-19 surge as hospitalizations reach new peak
COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased in any part of the state for the next several weeks even if a region shows improvement in controlling the virus, Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday.
Gov. Ricketts is holding off on tighter restrictions until Nebraska's COVID hospitalizations reach a specified level. That could happen this week.