7-day average of daily new reported cases per 100k since Feb. 29
District of Columbia
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The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to impact life in the District, Maryland and Virginia, with an overwhelming number of cases and deaths over the past year, schools still partly or mostly shut down, social and commercial activity restricted, and eligible people struggling to get vaccination appointments.Jump to metric:
The number of new daily cases and deaths initially peaked in April and early May, then declined sharply following a prolonged economic shutdown. But case numbers climbed again after the region began to reopen in July, and spiked to record levels over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s — as happened nationwide. Both metrics began to decline steadily in early February, though in late February, a reporting lag in Virginia caused a spike in recorded covid-19 deaths over several days. Virginia health officials said this was because of delays in processing death certificates from January.
Since mid-January, the number of newly reported cases have fallen off sharply. But the appearance of new variants of the virus are stirring concern.
New daily reported cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
At least have been reported since Feb. 29.
Restrictions on dining and gatherings remain in place across the region, along with mask mandates, although several jurisdictions that banned indoor dining completely during the holiday spike now allow it on a limited basis.
Officials increasingly are calling for more schools to reopen, despite opposition from teachers unions and failed efforts earlier this school year. Teachers have moved to the front of the line for vaccine in many places -- and most major districts have set dates for at least some in-person classes to resume.
Reported cases per 100,000 residents since last week
Counties/cities with highest rates of reported cases
|Maryland||Reported cases per 100k||New cases in last 7 days per 100k|
|Virginia||Reported cases per 100k||New cases in last 7 days per 100k|
The arrival of the first two approved vaccines has offered a sense of hope that the end of the pandemic could be approaching. But Virginia, Maryland and the District are all facing more demand for the vaccine than they have available supply, and within states, counties are reporting wide disparities in the number of people vaccinated. (In the vaccination charts below, the D.C. numbers include a sizable number of non-residents due to the large number of health-care workers and other essential workers who commute into the District for work and were therefore eligible for vaccination.)
Doses of covid-19 vaccines administered per 100,000 residents
|Place||People partially vaccinated per 100k||People fully vaccinated per 100k||Pct. of pop. that has completed vaccination|
Debates have erupted over who should have first access to scarce doses and appointments. Health-care workers were the first group to be offered the vaccine, followed by senior citizens, some other essential workers and, in some cases, people with severe medical conditions. Nursing home workers are among the groups that have been most reluctant to get vaccinated.
Tests reported per 100,000 residents
|State||Total tests per 100k||Tests in last 7 days per 100k||Percent positive in last 7 days|
Hospitalizations spiked to their highest levels of the pandemic in Virginia over the winter holidays, and were higher in Maryland and the District than at any point since the spring. But those numbers, too, have tailed off sharply since mid-January.
Reported covid-19 hospitalizations
|State||Currently hospitalized for covid per 100k||Currently occupied ICU beds per 100k||Change in hosp. from last week|
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Recent changes on this page
January 8, 2021 Added vaccination data.
December 15 Removed anomalous data (such as backlogged cases or deaths reported in bulk on the same day) from the rolling averages and other data improvements.
August 24 Replaced the modeled trend with a more standard 7-day rolling average of new daily cases and deaths.
July 23 Redesigned and added new features to the page, including visualizations of hospitalization data, a 14-day modeled trend of new reported cases and deaths, testing data and this changelog.