COVID at UVA Health: By the Numbers
- 36 patients hospitalized at UVA Health with COVID
- See Virginia-wide stats from the Virginia Department of Health
What You Need to Know: Don't Throw Caution (or Masks) to the Wind
The pandemic isn't over.
COVID in Charlottesville: What We Know
Currently, COVID cases have doubled in Charlottesville and risen in the surrounding areas in the last few weeks. Most cases happen in the unvaccinated, but getting the vaccine doesn't 100% prevent either infection or hospitalization.
Neither does having COVID. Having been sick with the virus provides you some protection from getting it again. But that isn't foolproof.
Also, the Virginia Department of Health announced Virginia's first case of the omicron variant on December 9.
What We Don't Know
Bill Petri, MD, infectious disease expert, calls the omicron variant "very threatening" because of its transmissibility. But we're still waiting to see the extent of the mutation's impact.
We don't know if more COVID variants will crop up. But with places in the world lagging behind in vaccination rates, the potential for the virus to mutate remains.
COVID vaccines are the best way to protect you and your family members.
The Bottom Line
Without knowing what to expect, Petri and other experts monitoring COVID at UVA Health recommend continued caution. Get vaccinated, get your booster, keep wearing masks, follow prevention measures to stay safe.
Visitor Rules at UVA Health
Whether you're going to a clinic appointment or spending the night in the hospital, make sure you know the policies for who can come with you or see you. See our current visitor guidelines.