Washington, D.C., counted more new coronavirus infections on Saturday than on any other day since the pandemic started.
The variety of new infections was 371. The District only when before identified more than 300 new cases in a single day, on May 1.
A a great deal of tests reported most likely contributed. Deputy Mayor John J. Falcicchio said the sky-high number of cases were discovered amongst a record-breaking number of tests reported, 12,889.
The positivity rate in D.C. fell from 5.4% on Friday to 3.5% on Saturday, indicating that screening boosts are assisting authorities pinpoint where the infection is surging.
Throughout the recently, more than 30,000 individuals in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have actually tested positive for COVID-19 and 281 have died from the virus. That consists of 45 deaths in between Friday and Saturday.
Issues over infection spread at Thanksgiving travel and gatherings have actually prompted areas to step up testing.
Numerous sites were closed or operating at decreased hours for the holiday but are returning up and running.
It's too early to see what impact travel and holiday gatherings will have on cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The vacation might likewise impact the number of tests provided to clients or volume of tests processed by laboratories.
What the Data Shows
The data shows our region-wide surge continues and information points are not headed in the best direction.
D.C., Maryland and Virginia counted 4,498 brand-new coronavirus infections on Saturday.
Prior to November, the area had not counted more than 4,000 infections in a single day. Now, Saturday is the ninth time infections exceeded that number.
Hospitalizations are up across the board, as well.
D.C. and Virginia increased the area's number of infections, with 371 and 2,537 new cases, respectively.
D.C.'s everyday case rate of 23 per 100,000 population is in the red zone, showing significant neighborhood spread.
The mean test turnaround time is likewise getting longer, now reaching 4 days. That puts it in the red zone.
D.C.'s positivity rate is 3.6%, in the yellow zone.
It's a good indication that percent hospital usage has actually come down over the last week, hitting 76.2% and returning to the green zone. Virginia's seven-day average of new cases has grown to 2,059, compared to 901 a month earlier.
Every area is reporting a rise in COVID-19 cases. The positivity rate is presently 7.3%.
Maryland included 1,590 infections, the lowest number considering that Nov. 11. However, it's uncertain if the Thanksgiving holiday lowered the variety of tests.
Maryland's positivity rate is now at 6.38%. Checking volume over the past day was 27,708.
- Fairfax County health officials launched a list of vacation coronavirus guidelines on, breaking up activities into differing risk categories.
- Some Fairfax County trainees have returned to all-virtual learning amid an increase in coronavirus cases.
- An overall of 51,510 coronavirus tests were administered in Maryland last Friday, the highest-ever on a single day.
- The Smithsonian is closing down its museums and the National Zoo as soon as again due to current spikes in COVID-19 cases.
- A program that provided extended unemployment benefits to out-of-work Virginians ended earlier this month.
- COVID-19 numbers continue to paint an alarming photo for Black Americans, and there is an continuous effort in the Black community to increase testing.
- The Metro board voted to close a budget space by altering how often trains run.
- Officials have reversed a choice to cancel the yearly Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery. The event, held in December, will happen after all.
- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan revealed how the state will designate about $70 million in federal help as the state braces for months of rising coronavirus cases.
- Maryland released a brand-new contact tracing app, and has minimized indoor operations for bars and dining establishments from 75% to 50% in action to increasing coronavirus cases and increased hospitalizations.
- A evaluation by the News4 I-Team has found issues that Prince George's County, which has the highest variety of coronavirus cases in the state, has received what some are calling an underwhelming share of the more than $165 million in aid so far.
- D.C. now needs tourists from all however four states get evaluated for COVID-19, when prior to travel and once again if they prepare to stay in the District for more than 3 days. Maryland, Virginia, Hawaii and Vermont are the exceptions.
How to Stay Safe
There are ways to lower your risk of capturing coronavirus. Here are guidelines from the CDC:
- Anyone over the age of 2 need to use a mask or face covering. Keep it over your nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently. When you do, scrub with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. As a backup, utilize hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol.
- Prevent close contact with anyone who lives outside your house. That indicates staying 6 feet away from anyone outside your circle, even if you're using masks.
- Always cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.