Report: D.C. has highest rate of COVID-19 infection in the U.S.
COVID-19 cases are spiking in Washington, D.C., which now has the highest rate for COVID-19 infection in the country, according to an NPR analysis based on data from Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Driving the news: The D.C. region saw an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations before the Christmas weekend, and cases have continued to rise as the Omicron variant continues to spread.
The big picture: D.C. saw an average of 1,192 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week, per John Hopkins University.
- One reason why D.C., which has an 85% vaccination rate, is experiencing a surge in cases is that nearly 50% of residents are from ages 20 to 49, per NPR. Younger people are more likely to spread the virus via in-person work, household transmission and socializing outside the house, per NPR.
Of note: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency on Dec. 20. The city introduced a number of policies to stop the spread of the virus, including reinstating its indoor mask mandate.