7-day average of daily new reported cases per 100k
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The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to impact life in the District, Maryland and Virginia, with cases and deaths surging, many schools still shut down, social and commercial activity restricted, and people asked to wear masks around others and stay home whenever possible. Hospitals in rural areas are starting to feel overwhelmed.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 ticked up again after the region began to reopen in July, and have spiked to record levels this fall — as is the case nationwide. Experts say the worst is yet to come.
Maryland’s test positivity rate fluctuated around 3 percent from September to mid-October but the seven-day average has increased to 7 percent. Virginia’s statewide test positivity spiked from about 5 percent to 10 percent in recent months. The District’s seven-day positivity average, which hovered around 3 percent from June into November, is now at 4 percent.
New daily reported cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
At least have been reported since Feb. 29.
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|
Public health officials say the caseload will continue to grow, especially as testing expands. But even when governments procure more test kits, it can be difficult to ensure residents are able to access them. In the District, rapid growth in testing capacity was not matched with rising demand in May; in July, Montgomery County community groups said low-income, underserved communities were not informed of the free testing being offered. This fall, some health officials noted what they call “testing fatigue,” contributing to a dip in tests administered. But demand for testing spiked ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, with college students trying to return home and other residents looking to travel to relatives, leading to long lines in some places.
Even with widespread testing, officials rely on effective contact tracing to control the virus. This has been a challenge in many places, including the District, where officials said in September that less than half of newly infected people had been providing contact information for the people they exposed. With numbers surging across the region, contact tracing is becoming less and less effective.
Tests reported per 100,000 residents
|State||Total tests per 100k||Tests in last 7 days per 100k||Percent positive in last 7 days|
Leaders in Virginia, Maryland and the District have all pointed to daily numbers of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units as crucial measures in determining the severity of the virus and the ability of hospitals to handle cases.
In Virginia and Maryland, those measures are climbing toward or past the levels of last spring. Numbers are increasing in the District also, albeit not as quickly.
Reported covid-19 hospitalizations
|State||Currently hospitalized for covid per 100k||Currently occupied ICU beds per 100k||Change in hosp. from last week|
Vaccinations began slowly in all three jurisdictions, but perhaps not as slowly as early numbers indicate. The actual numbers of people vaccinated have been underreported as healthcare providers adjust to the reporting system.
Healthcare workers and people in long-term care facilities are getting first priority, according to the CDC’s recommendations.
Doses of covid-19 vaccines administered per 100,000 residents
|State||Doses administered per 100k||Pct. of pop. that has completed vaccination|
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