Daily COVID Case Rate Out of the Red – Bowser Situational Update, Monday, Feb 22

 

Daily COVID Case Rate Out of the Red – Bowser Situational Update, Monday, Feb 22

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 22, 2021

Mayor Bowser held a Situational Briefing on COVID-19 today and took questions afterward.  Here are some key takeaways:

  • The daily case rate is below 15 – out of the red at 14.9 cases per 100,000, expressed as a 7 day rolling average. The last time it was this low was early to mid-November.  This means we are in the mid-level of community spread. 
  • 995 Washingtonians have died from coronavirus. The mayor encouraged residents to continue to wear masks, continue to social distance, and to get vaccinated. 
  • DC is seeing a downward trend in testing. Bowser said, “We’re not happy about that.”  Testing is around 25,000 a week – the lowest since the last week of September or first week of October.  During the holidays testing was up to 50,000 a week.  La Quandra Nesbitt encouraged residents to get tested if they are not in their usual state of health.  If the 45% to 55% number of asymptomatic cases are not picked up by testing it can have an impact (by lowering) the apparent daily case rate.
  • Free testing locations and info on pre-registering can be found here. https://coronavirus.dc.gov/testing
  • As of February 20:
    • 15,575 doses of vaccine have been delivered
    • 92,600 first doses have been administered
    • 17,590 doses will be delivered this week
  • Inclement weather delayed last week’s delivery to DC; that delivery will arrive early this week and be in addition to the 17,590 doses scheduled to arrive this week.
  • Because of the late delivery, hospitals and health care systems have had to cancel some first appointments and reschedule. Residents will be notified by those hospitals or health care systems.  No appointments made through the DC portal have been cancelled.
  • Last week, an unemployment insurance vendor issue caused a delay in the delivery of payments for 39,000 DC residents. The problem has been identified and resolved.  Those payments should arrive in bank accounts Tuesday or Wednesday. 
  • There have been no changes in quarantine requirement for travelers into the District. See restrictions here:  https://bit.ly/37FZGA2
  • There is no new information on the time line for taking down the fence around the Capitol complex. Bowser said they will be making specific inquiries. 

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