D.C. area’s coronavirus caseload hits two-month excessive; officers say small gatherings are fueling rise
By Julie Zauzmer and Ovetta Wiggins
The variety of new coronavirus infections throughout the higher Washington area jumped to a two-month excessive Wednesday as D.C.’s prime well being official mentioned small social gatherings are serving to to gas the virus’s unfold.
The seven-day rolling common of recent circumstances throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District stood at 1,801 — the best for the reason that common hit 1,916 circumstances Aug. 13. The rise has coincided with cooler temperatures and an outbreak on the White Home, though native well being officers say any connection to a late-September Rose Backyard occasion is unclear.
Amongst sufferers who contracted the novel coronavirus in D.C. within the first week of October, practically 1 / 4 had attended a social gathering of at the very least 5 individuals within the two weeks earlier than they acquired sick, D.C. Well being Director LaQuandra Nesbitt mentioned Wednesday. One out of 5 had eaten at a restaurant.