Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on April 13

Here's what to know about COVID-19 data, vaccinations and reopenings for D.C., Maryland and Virginia

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The FDA and CDC recommended the federal government and states immediately pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The D.C. Health Department notified approximately 1,200 people who had appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines Tuesday through Saturday to cancel their appointments.

After the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused on Tuesday over reports of six cases of blood clotting, Jeff Zients, coordinator for the White House coronavirus response, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID director, spoke to reporters on the impact the pause will have on the coronavirus vaccine initiative.

Maryland and Virginia also paused their use of the vaccine. Go here for info on the plan in Maryland, and here for info on the plan in Virginia.

The District reached an important milestone Monday: Everyone age 16 or older is now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. This is happening one week earlier than planned, a sign that the rollout in our region is beginning to pick up.

You will have to pre-register on the District's website. When an appointment becomes available, you will receive an invite via email. Officials say they will continue to prioritize senior citizens and residents of zip codes with lower rates of the vaccine.

In Maryland, anyone age 16 and older is already eligible for the vaccine at mass vaccine sites. Here's how to sign up. As of Monday, they are now eligible through all providers.

Virginia will also soon reach that milestone. The state will open up its eligibility on April 18.

President Joe Biden has set April 19 as the goal for everyone age 16 or older to be eligible for the vaccine across the country.

What the Data Shows

D.C. announced 113 more cases of the virus and the death of one more person. Eleven more people were hospitalized. About 26% of D.C. residents were partially or fully vaccinated. About 15% were fully vaccinated. 

Maryland announced 1,084 more cases of the virus. Fourteen more people died. Ten more people were hospitalized. About 35% of the Maryland population had their first vaccine dose. About 21% had their second dose. About 3% had the single-dose vaccine.

Virginia announced 1,217 more cases of the virus and the deaths of 17 more people. Fourteen more people were hospitalized. About 37% of Virginians were vaccinated with at least one dose. Twenty-one percent were fully vaccinated.

Looking ahead to Monday...more DC residents will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. This next round will include *all D-C residents over the age of 16. This comes as DC open’s it’s first mass vaccination site in Southwest today. News4’s Juliana Valencia shows us the setup at Arena Stage.

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Key Charts and Graphs

The vaccinated population in D.C. may be overestimated in this map because some non-residents who work in D.C. are included in the totals.

Vaccination Portals by County

As vaccinations in our region ramp up, here's a look at local portals residents can use to sign up for vaccination appointments or sign up to receive alerts.

Although COVID-19 treatments have improved and a vaccine is on the way, even a mild case of the virus can cause long-term complications — including the possibility of erectile dysfunction. Infectious disease expert Dr. Dena Grayson joined LX News with a warning not to let our guards down as we wait for a vaccine.

How to Stay Safe

Anyone can get COVID-19. Here are three simple ways the CDC says you can lower your risk: 

  • Wear a snug-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth. 
  • Avoid being indoors with people who are not members of your household. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19. If you are indoors with people you don’t live with, stay at least six feet apart and keep your mask on. 
  • Wash your hands often, especially after you have been in a public place.
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