7-day average of daily new reported cases per 100k since Feb. 29
District of Columbia
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Case rates dropped to record lows in the summer before surging again in the fall, driven in large part by relaxed restrictions on gatherings and the spread of the delta variant, largely among pockets of unvaccinated people. They plateaued in September — a testament to the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccines, experts say — before ticking up again in early November.
But after the Christmas holiday, the region saw its highest seven-day averages of new cases at any point since the pandemic began in early 2020, fueled in part by the omicron variant. Regional leaders including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and the county executives of Prince George’s and Baltimore counties have tested positive for the coronavirus.
But while cases are trending downward in the region, coronavirus-related deaths, which often lag caseloads by several weeks, have sharply ticked up. With nearly a week to go in January, the month became Maryland’s deadliest since the pandemic began.
New daily reported cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
At least have been reported since Feb. 29.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) reinstated the city’s indoor mask mandate as cases rose in December and mandated, starting Jan. 15, that patrons of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theaters, gyms and many other indoor businesses show proof of vaccination to enter. There is no statewide mask mandate in Virginia or Maryland, although Maryland jurisdictions can opt for their own mandates. Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard and Baltimore counties all have indoor mask mandates in place.
Teachers have been vaccinated in many places, and most school districts resumed in-person classes in the fall, though debate over stringent quarantine policies, rapid testing and vaccine mandates has continued amid virus outbreaks at schools. In mid-December, Prince George’s public schools announced that all classes would be virtual through mid-January because of the viral surge. A number of schools in Montgomery County followed.
Reported cases per 100,000 residents by county (7-day average)
Counties/cities with highest rates of reported cases
|Maryland||Reported cases per 100k||Avg. daily new cases per 100k|
|Virginia||Reported cases per 100k||Avg. daily new cases per 100k|
Virginia, Maryland and D.C. are no longer facing more demand for vaccine doses than available supply. Each jurisdiction has shifted from an appointment-based system to extensive outreach and walk-in vaccination options. Counties have started to bridge the large racial disparities among those vaccinated, though significant gaps persist in who is opting for booster doses, which experts say are essential to address waning immunity.
Doses of covid-19 vaccines administered per 100,000 residents
|Place||People partially vaccinated per 100k||People fully vaccinated per 100k||Pct. of pop. that has completed vaccination|
In April, as the supply of doses increased, eligibility opened to everyone over 16 in D.C. and across the country. In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds, prompting a surge of vaccinations among younger adolescents, and in early November, the agency expanded eligibility to those ages 5 to 11.
Tests reported per 100,000 residents
|State||Total tests per 100k||Tests in last 7 days per 100k||Percent positive in last 7 days|
Still, hospitalizations also have surged in the region, with D.C. in late December recording the highest number of suspected and confirmed covid-19 inpatients during the pandemic. The uptick, combined with a shortage of health-care staffers, has prompted some hospitals in the region to say they are overwhelmed. The president of the Maryland Hospital Association in late December called on Hogan to reinstate a public health emergency.
Intensive-care hospitalizations have also risen.
Reported covid-19 hospitalizations
|State||Currently hospitalized for covid per 100k||Currently occupied ICU beds per 100k||Change in hosp. from last week|
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January 8, 2021 Added vaccination data.
December 15 Removed anomalous data (such as backlogged cases or deaths reported in bulk on the same day) from the rolling averages and other data improvements.
August 24 Replaced the modeled trend with a more standard 7-day rolling average of new daily cases and deaths.
July 23 Redesigned and added new features to the page, including visualizations of hospitalization data, a 14-day modeled trend of new reported cases and deaths, testing data and this changelog.