An unpleasant spike in coronavirus deaths in the D.C. area comes as a local school is put into the national discussion over resuming schools in the fall.
Forty-eight individuals passed away from coronavirus in a single day across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, health officials stated Thursday, the biggest single-day boost in deaths considering that June 16.
However Prince George's County, which has had the greatest infection numbers in Maryland, reveals some encouraging signs: About 10,000 are being checked weekly, and a lower percentage of results are coming back favorable.
The Trump administration at an interview Wednesday pressed the concept that trainees ought to go back to school full-time in fall, saying it's essential for their physical health, mental wellness and educational progress.
Fairfax County schools stated authorities are thinking about changes to its reopening strategy after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the district's spring effort at range learning was a catastrophe.
What the Data Shows
Infections are trending upward in Maryland and Virginia. Maryland recorded 586 brand-new cases Thursday, the biggest single-day boost considering that June 13.
Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks touted positive signs for the county on Thursday: The variety of favorable tests has actually been up to about 6%, below a high of 43% in April.
“This is astonishing,” Alsobrooks stated, applauding locals for staying at home and wearing masks. “Prince Georgians have ensured that we have taken care of each other.”
D.C. reported 37 brand-new cases. After an uncomfortable dive of 74 cases reported on Wednesday, the decrease brings the variety of brand-new cases back in line with levels reported throughout late June and early July.
It could show that Wednesday's spike was because of a lag in reporting.
More than 8,400 coronavirus tests were administered recently by the city, up from almost 1,500 at the start of June.
Following the vacation weekend, long lines have been reported at complimentary screening websites at firehouses: On Wednesday, the line to get checked at a Chevy Chase-area firehouse twisted around the block 90 minutes after the website opened.
Those who passed away Wednesday consist of four D.C. citizens, aged in between 58 and 71; 11 Marylanders and 33 Virginians, according to official health information. Wednesday was the deadliest day for coronavirus clients since June 16, when 60 lives were recorded lost.
The map below shows the variety of coronavirus cases detected per 1,000 locals.
Coronavirus Cases in DC
, Maryland and Virginia COVID-19 cases by population in D.C. and by county
- Virginia got in phase three reopening on July 1, loosening up constraints on restaurants, shops, health clubs and swimming pools.
- Prince George's County went into complete phase 2 on June 23, allowing the MGM Casino and fitness centers to resume. Washington, D.C., entered phase 2 on June 22, allowing indoor dining, gyms, libraries and houses of worship to resume with restrictions.
- Montgomery County went into stage 2 on June 19, resuming with limitations gyms, houses of worship, indoor dining and retail.
- Maryland got in phase 2 of reopening on June 10, permitting indoor dining, outside pools and outdoors amusements to reopen.
Dr. Murtaza Akhter, an emergency room physician in Arizona, and Dr. Margaret J. Gorensek, an infectious disease specialist in Florida, signed up with LX News to describe the day-to-day juggling act at their medical facilities to take care of a rise of new clients as coronavirus cases spike in their states.
How to Stay Safe
There are ways to lower your danger of capturing coronavirus. Here are the CDC guidelines.
- Anyone over the age of 2 need to use a mask or face covering. Keep it over your nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands often. When you do, scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. As a backup, use hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with anybody who lives outside your home. That means remaining six feet far from anybody outside your circle, even if you're wearing masks.
- Constantly cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and decontaminate often touched surface areas.
Sophia Barnes, Andrea Swalec and Anisa Holmes added to this report