DC COVID-19 cases reach new high
Washington, DC reported a record number of COVID-19 infections ahead of the holiday weekend, according to DCist / WAMU.
The city’s daily rate of new cases of the virus, 186 per 100,000 population, is higher than any state in the country, based on New York Times data.
At the start of the week, the city reported a weekly case rate of 1,192 cases of the virus per 100,000 people compared to New York City’s rate of 1,059 cases per 100,000 people.
University of Maryland public health professor Neil J. Sehgal told DCist / WAMU the region is likely to see an increase in hospitalizations during the holiday season.
âCertainly for people who are fully vaccinated and boosted, hospitalization and death is not the likely result of a breakthrough infection,â Sehgal said. âBut our vaccination rates in the district are not as high as we would like, so there are certainly a lot of vulnerable people. “
It comes as neighboring Maryland and Virginia are also experiencing an increase in viral infections as the highly transmissible variant of omicron becomes the majority of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
Mayor of DC Muriel bowserMuriel BowserOvernight Health Care – FDA approves first pill to treat COVID-19 DC to require COVID-19 vaccination for indoor public spaces DC Seven-day average of new coronavirus cases hits new record MORE (D) recently reimposed the city’s indoor mask mandate and announced that businesses, including restaurants, bars, gyms and concert halls, must implement vaccination requirements for their customers from January.
More than a dozen DC public schools have gone on vacation early due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, with the school system also delaying its return in January to give students and faculty the opportunity to test themselves for COVID-19, DCist / WAMU reported.