Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Nov. 21 – NBC4 Washington

21November 2020

D.C.'s healthcare facilities are already near to capability as the pandemic worsens– which's a big reason many health professionals are asking individuals to stay home over the Thanksgiving vacation.

We're currently seeing a spike in hospitalizations following weeks of climbing up case numbers. Big, indoor events could worsen the increasing case numbers.

“Our actions now determine what happens in the hospital two and four weeks from now,” stated Dr. Glenn Wortmann, Director of Infectious Diseases at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The upcoming vacations might be a “ideal storm” that presses medical facilities to their limitation, Wortmann said.

“Really, it's in the control of the people of D.C. If people remain separated, wear their masks, we can keep the numbers down,” he said. On Saturday, D.C. medical facilities stated that were at 86.7%, a few points listed below the “red zone” limit– 90%– that would suggest insufficient capability.

With the number of people in the D.C. area who are sick or hospitalized with coronavirus growing, it's welcome news that vaccine advancement is progressing.

“The vaccine news has just been remarkable … This has actually been hard, however there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Wortmann said.

Pfizer and BioNTech revealed Friday they prepared to declare emergency usage permission for their COVID-19 vaccine. That procedure is anticipated to take a couple of weeks.

The White House coronavirus task force has consistently stated once the drug has approval, it can be set in motion for circulation within 24 hours, CNBC reported.

Operation Warp speed will individually send supplementary sets containing syringes, needles and alcohol wipes– supplies localities will need to carry out a large vaccination program.

The Pfizer vaccine need to be saved at -93 degrees Fahrenheit. Some counties in our area are asking states for aid to protect freezers for storage.

Loudoun County is aiming to create drive-up vaccination sites.

As soon as a vaccine is formally authorized, health departments wish to get it out quickly and effectively. Chris Gordon reports.

In basic, the vaccine will first become available for specific groups up until production can fulfill need.

In Montgomery County, it will be healthcare employees, individuals over age 65 and those with complicated medical conditions.

D.C.'s “phase one top priority population” will focus on healthcare employees and very first responders, DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said.

In one motivating information point, Maryland smashed its own record for coronavirus testing on Friday. An overall of 51,510 tests were administered on Friday.

Gov. Larry Hogan said tests are readily available to whoever requires one. He motivated testing for university student heading house for the vacations, anybody who will visit an older relative or anybody who traveled out of state.

Compared to two weeks ago, a greater percentage of tests are coming back favorable– which suggests the surge in cases is not entirely due to more screening.

What the Data Shows

Seven-day rolling averages of brand-new cases are up across the board, reaching 164 in D.C., 2,269 in Maryland and 1,610 in Virginia.

D.C. reported 153 brand-new coronavirus cases on Saturday.

Two of D.C.'s metrics measuring the level of community spread remain in the red zone. The everyday case rate has actually increased to 23.2 coronavirus cases per 100,000 identified every day. The rate of transmission is 1.22.

A total of 122 coronavirus patients are hospitalized in D.C.

Maryland reported 2,885 brand-new cases on Saturday.

Maryland's hospitalizations continue the upward pattern that began Sept. 20, when hospitalizations were at 281.

On Saturday, 1,229 individuals in Maryland were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 278 of those clients were in intensive care units.

Although a number of essential metrics have actually been headed in the incorrect direction for weeks, representing thousands of sickened Marylanders, screening is increasing.

An overall of 51,510 coronavirus tests were administered in Maryland on Friday, the highest-ever on a single day.

Virginia reported 1,783 brand-new coronavirus cases on Saturday.

The state has also reported a rush of more individuals being admitted to hospitals. Considering that Wednesday, the number of hospitalized people has increased by at least 90 each day.

The average number is 55.

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How to Stay Safe

There are methods to decrease your danger of catching coronavirus. Here are standards from the CDC:

  • Anyone over the age of 2 should wear 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 a minimum of 20 seconds. As a backup, utilize hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Prevent close contact with anyone who lives outside your home. That implies staying 6 feet away from anyone outside your circle, even if you're wearing masks.
  • Constantly cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect often touched surface areas.


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