7-day average of daily new reported cases per 100k since Feb. 29
District of Columbia
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Coronavirus case rates are starting to tick up in the District, Maryland and Virginia as cooler weather sends more people indoors and D.C. relaxes its masking requirement. Vaccination rates have continued to climb up in all three jurisdictions, particularly after federal officials in November cleared the way for children ages 5 to 11 to get their shots.Jump to metric:
Case rates dropped to record lows in the summer before resurging in the fall, driven in large part by relaxed restrictions on gatherings and the spread of the highly contagious delta variant, largely among pockets of unvaccinated people. They plateaued in September — a testament to the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccines, experts say — before ticking up again in early November.
Public health experts say infections are likely to continue increasing over the winter months as more people travel home for holidays. But local jurisdictions have disagreed on how to respond, with D.C. lifting its indoor mask mandate on the same weekend that Montgomery County, Md., reinstated its countywide requirement.
Covid-related deaths, which often lag caseloads by several weeks, have declined steadily since August.
New daily reported cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
At least have been reported since Feb. 29.
Many restrictions on dining, shopping and gathering in the region have been lifted, allowing ebullient but wary residents to reunite with their loved ones and resume some of their pre-pandemic routines. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance in July, calling for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to resume wearing masks in indoor public places in areas where coronavirus transmission rates are substantial or high.
Much of Virginia and Maryland is in this category, as is D.C. Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as Baltimore City, have opted to keep their indoor mask mandates, with Prince George’s recently updating it to cover children ages 2 to 5. Other jurisdictions have kept it optional. Businesses can continue to keep mask requirements in place.
Teachers have been vaccinated in many places and most school districts have resumed in-person classes for the fall, though debate over stringent quarantine policies, rapid testing and vaccine mandates continues amid virus outbreaks at schools.
Reported cases per 100,000 residents by county (7-day average)
Counties/cities with highest rates of reported cases
|Maryland||Reported cases per 100k||Avg. daily new cases per 100k|
|Virginia||Reported cases per 100k||Avg. daily new cases per 100k|
Virginia, Maryland and D.C. are no longer facing more demand for vaccine than available supply. Each jurisdiction has shifted from an appointment-based system to extensive outreach and walk-in vaccination options. They are also offering incentives for people to get vaccinated, including a Maryland lottery program for people who have been vaccinated that had a top prize of $400,000 and a college scholarship lottery for Maryland teenagers who have gotten vaccinated. Counties have started to bridge the large racial disparities among those vaccinated, though significant gaps persist between rural and urban areas.
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|
In April, as the supply of doses increased, eligibility opened to everyone over 16 in the District and across the country. In May, the CDC approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds, prompting a surge of vaccinations among younger adolescents, and in early November, the agency expanded eligibility to those ages 5 to 11.
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 have increased recently along with the bump in cases, but not to the extent that they did during the winter surge in 2020. Hospital systems in rural parts of the region, where vaccination rates tend to be lower, say they’re struggling to keep up with the influx of patients who have yet to be immunized against the virus.
Intensive-care hospitalizations have also risen, though they are still at low levels relative to much of the pandemic.
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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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.
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