VDH OEP Weekly Situation Update

NOTE: This week’s update marks the transition from the “UVA COVID-19 Modeling Weekly Update” to the “VDH OEP Weekly Situation Update” produced by the VDH Office of Emergency Preparedness (See the March 3 Weekly Report). COVID-19 remains a central feature of this update but other ongoing or potential public health issues are also covered. This product is intended to enhance situational awareness among the public health, healthcare, and emergency management communities. Some items covered may pose little or no threat to the public at large. For instance, an ebola outbreak occurring outside of the United States would pose virtually no risk to Virginians, but emergency preparedness resources may be activated to coordinate efforts to monitor, quarantine, and potentially treat travelers arriving from affected countries. The update includes links to publicly available data and news sources. These items are included for situational awareness only and do not represent an endorsement of the source or information therein.

Key Takeaways

  • More than 97% of Virginians reside in localities at low COVID-19 community levels. Virginia is now at “Low” influenza intensity levels. Nationally influenza activity has plateaued just below the national baseline at 2.4% while Virginia is at 3%.
  • COVID-19 and influenza hospital admissions continue to decrease. Nevertheless, there were 355 COVID-19 admissions in Virginia last week.
  • Norovirus test positivity remains high despite a dip in the Southern Region last week. The national 3-week test positivity rate is at 16.5% compared to the Southern region’s 15.6%.
  • Thirteen cases of invasive meningococcal disease type Y have been reported since June 2022 in the Virginia Eastern Region.
  • Norfolk has the highest rate of sea level rise on the East Coast according to VIMS’ Sea Level Report Card.

VDH OEP Weekly Situation Update.

UVA Biocomplexity Institute Slides.

VDH Surveillance Data Update.

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