Coronavirus cases see bump in D.C. region
Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are up throughout the region, as the Omicron variant spreads across the nation.
Driving the news: DC Health confirmed on Sunday evening the District's first cases of the Omicron variant.
By the numbers: D.C. is recording 180 cases per 100,000 people over seven days, according to CDC data, up more than double from the start of the month.
Hospitalizations are up 38% in D.C. over the past week.
- The trend is mirrored in Montgomery County, Maryland, where officials reinstated a mask mandate that was briefly lifted — a move D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has declined to make.
In Arlington County, Virginia, the positivity rate is up to 4.99%, much higher than what public health experts hope for.
- The dashboard for Prince George’s County in Maryland hasn’t been updated since late November, when the latest spike began in other places across the region after Thanksgiving.
What they’re saying: “Every time we believe the end of the pandemic is near, there is a new setback,” Montgomery County executive Marc Elrich said last week.
- Local officials have urged vaccinated residents to get a booster shot in order to shore up their virus immunity against the Omicron variant.
- In Montgomery County, nearly 82% of all residents are fully vaccinated, CDC data shows. Officials say most cases are from people who are not fully immunized.
- Elrich said that about two-thirds of children aged 5 to 11 remain unvaccinated, and urged parents to make arrangements for shots soon, as holiday events increase the risk of virus transmission.
Yes, but: Deaths, which can lag behind spikes in cases for weeks, remain low. The District has reported six deaths over the past month, per data from last Thursday.
- The city will release new COVID-19 data today that include numbers from over the weekend.
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