People in the Washington, DC area are wondering where COVID-19 cases are trending after Los Angeles County reintroduced its indoor mask mandate – even for vaccinated people – due to a surge in viruses.
Are COVID-19 Cases Rising in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Yes – but right now, COVID-19 is spreading much more slowly in DMV than it is in Los Angeles County.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Los Angeles County has significant prevalence, while DC and surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia have moderate prevalence.
Los Angeles County reports 11.7 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. Compare that to 3.7 in the district, 3.6 in Virginia, and 2 in Maryland, aloud COVID ActNow. (Note: the actual numbers of diagnosed cases that week were 192 in DC, 741 in Maryland, and 1,148 in Virginia).
However, cases are increasing locally, so it is important to take care of your health.
Experts say getting a COVID-19 vaccination is the best way to protect yourself Unvaccinated individuals should wear masks indoors and in some outdoor areas.
Keeping track of the seven-day average of new cases – the average number of COVID-19 diagnoses per day over the past week – is a good number to see where the trend is going.
Washington DC COVID-19 cases and vaccinations
COVID-19 Cases Rise; the 7-day average is higher than a month ago and has increased by 120% in the last week.
The seven-day average of the new COVID-19 case numbers was nine or 10 from June 23 to July 9; now there are 22. That is still relatively low: before the vaccinations began, the average since March 2020 has not been so low.
DC reports that 1.8% of COVID-19 tests are positive.
The capacities of the hospitals are moderate, with about 80-87% of the beds occupied this month. That’s close to the 90% point that would be considered insufficient capacity, but the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has been falling since May.
DC says approximately 53.3% of residents are fully vaccinated and 62.2% are partially or fully vaccinated.
Although DC has almost equal proportions of white and black residents, fewer black residents are reported as partially or fully vaccinated (103,405) than white residents (122,954). According to district data, approximately 36% of Hispanic or Latino residents and 34% of Asia Pacific islanders’ residents were vaccinated.
DC notes that race and ethnicity data, however, are self-reported and not complete.
Maryland COVID-19 Cases and Vaccinations
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Maryland has been rising steadily since June 29.
On June 26th, the 7-day average was 48 – the lowest level since March 2020. Now it’s 119.
The average has more than doubled since July 1st and is up 56% since last Friday.
The faster spread of COVID-19 is a cause for caution, but the number is still relatively small. Two months ago, an average of 421 people in Maryland were diagnosed with COVID-19 every day.
Maryland reports that 1.14% of COVID-19 tests are positive, the lowest in the region.
The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased slightly from 104 to 120 this month – a marked decrease from May 1, when the number of patients was 1,009.
Maryland says 58.5% of residents received at least one dose of vaccine; 53.27% of the patients received a second dose and 4.42% of the patients received the single dose.
However, there are differences between the counties. The percentage of residents who received at least one dose of vaccine ranges from 71% in Howard County to about 40% in Garrett County.
In Montgomery County, 59% of people received two COVID-19 vaccine doses and 4.3% received a single dose.
In Prince George’s County, 43.5% of residents received two doses and 3.1% received a single dose.
Virginia COVID-19 Cases and Vaccinations
The number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia is rising: the seven-day average is up 63% since last Friday.
The 7-day average is 188. A week ago it was 115. A month ago it was 137.
Fall growth isn’t even across the state.
According to Covid act now Data, daily cases per 100,000 in some areas south of Richmond (Colonial Heights City, Charles City, Nottoway Counties) and the Shenandoah area (Waynesboro and Green Counties) are above 15. This level is viewed by DC as a significant community spread
However, the number of cases is much lower than at any time before vaccinations became available. Virginia reported hundreds of cases daily through May and thousands of cases daily during parts of the winter.
Virginia has the highest percentage of COVID-19 tests positive in the region at 2.7%.
The number of hospital admissions hit a recent low of 146 on July 6, climbing to 191. It’s a big improvement from 400-600 people hospitalized every day in May.
Virginia says 58.8% of residents have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 52.9% of residents are fully vaccinated. Northern Virginia has some of the best vaccination rates in the state.