Loudoun County's COVID-19 health metrics continue to head in the wrong direction.

As of Monday morning, the county had averaged 69 new cases per day over the past week, and there have been two new deaths reported in the past three days. There was also an average of two hospitalizations per day over the past seven days.

The county's percent positivity testing rate has shot up to nearly 9 percent, roughly 3 percentage points higher than a month ago. The statewide positivity rate is at 8.6 percent.

Dr. David Goodfriend, the Loudoun County health director, said last week the increases are a reflection of people’s “complacency” and their lack in safety precautions. Even while the number of cases is rising, the health director said the county has not yet reached the surge of virus cases expected sometime in the winter season. He said keeping cases down during the holidays is going to be a challenge.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday announced substantial new statewide restrictions on gatherings and certain businesses in an effort to slow rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The Democratic governor’s office said in a news release that the state’s gathering ban is being reduced from 250 to 25, the state’s mask requirement is being applied to younger children, and alcohol sales are prohibited at dining establishments after 10 p.m. Those and other new restrictions took effect Sunday at midnight.

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