(Richmond)- COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Virginia. Data from the the Virginia Department of Health shows that over the past week, there was an average of 856 new COVID-19 cases in Virginia per day. That’s an increase of 148% in the last month. State health officials say it’s not time to panic — but people should take precautions. Virginia is not alone in seeing a rise in COVID activity. The CDC says 26 states saw a substantial spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations last week.