Business is on the rise in several Virginia health districts, according to a weekly Virginia Department of Health report released on Friday.
The report notes that several key indicators have worsened in the past two weeks. One of these indicators, the positive percentage rate, has increased slightly across the state. That rate was 6.7% on Saturday morning, showing a steady increase in one week.
Also, according to the report, hospitalizations have increased, especially in areas outside of Northern Virginia.
The department notes that it is difficult to identify what is driving the accusations, but they are widespread. Other states that reopened early have seen surging four to six weeks after the restrictions are lifted, also coordinating with the summer holiday season. Virginia moved on to Phase 3 of the reopening on July 1st, easing many restrictions introduced in March to facilitate the spread of the coronavirus.
No new outbreaks have been reported in the Pittsylvania-Danville health district.
In Virginia, there were 69,782 cases on Saturday morning, an increase of 851 since Friday. These figures also include probable cases.
The death toll in Virginia is 1,962.
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