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.
- A program that supplied extended unemployment benefits to out-of-work Virginians will end Saturday.
- COVID-19 numbers continue to paint an alarming picture for Black Americans, and there is an continuous effort in the Black neighborhood to increase testing.
- The Metro board voted Thursday to close a spending plan space by altering how frequently trains run.
- The University of Maryland's football video game against Michigan State University scheduled for Saturday has actually been canceled as an outcome of the ongoing coronavirus break out in the Terrapins' locker space.
- Officials have reversed a decision to cancel the annual Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery. The event, kept in December, will happen after all.
- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday how the state will allocate about $70 million in federal aid as the state braces for months of increasing coronavirus cases.
- 8 gamers on the University of Maryland football team tested positive for COVID-19. The game versus Ohio State has been canceled.
- Maryland released a new contact tracing app, and has actually decreased indoor operations for bars and dining establishments from 75% to 50% in action to rising coronavirus cases and increased hospitalizations.
- A evaluation by the News4 I-Team has discovered concerns that Prince George's County, which has the greatest variety of coronavirus cases in the state, has actually gotten what some are calling an underwhelming share of the more than $165 million in aid thus far.
- D.C. now needs tourists from all however four states get evaluated for COVID-19, as soon as prior to travel and once again if they prepare to stay in the District for more than three days. Maryland, Virginia, Hawaii and Vermont are the exceptions.
- The majority of brand-new COVID-19 cases in D.C. originate from social events, according to information provided by the District's health department.
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.