CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia Health System hosted its weekly COVID briefing Friday morning to give an update on the number of and the status of the disease in the area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, Albemarle County currently sits at the medium community transmission level. UVA Health experts say the recent Omicron surge may be settling down, but it's still important to get vaccinated.

"You know, right now, probably, at, maybe hopefully on the backside now of the BA.5 surge here in Virginia,” said Dr. Costi Sifri with UVA Health. “You know, what I’m seeing in terms of cases are perhaps like many other people, I am seeing people in my world who have never had COVID vaccine to date are now getting COVID."

There are currently 36 patients in the hospital, seven of whom are in the ICU.