Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Jan. 22

Here's what to know about the coronavirus data, resources and reopenings across the D.C. area

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Quick Data

  • Virginia recorded 2,692 new cases Friday, the lowest single-day increase in three weeks.
  • Seven-day averages have fallen across the board. Maryland is showing the most-improved trends.
  • The percent of population vaccinated has reached 4.4% in Virginia and 4.6% in Maryland (D.C. vaccinates both residents and non-residents and reports the numbers together).

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan gave schools an ultimatum Thursday: Try to start hybrid learning by March 1 or face legal action.

Hogan said too many children are left behind by virtual learning and he wants every county to start offering in-person classes.

Hogan warned that some jurisdictions around the country have cut the pay of teachers who refuse to come back to school.

“We do not want to have to take such actions here in Maryland,” Hogan said. “But if school systems do not immediately begin a good-faith effort to return to classrooms, we will explore every legal avenue at our disposal.”

Prince George’s County says it is working toward returning small groups in the spring.

Montgomery County hasn't settled on a date yet but says it will keep working with the state.

Governor Larry Hogan issued a borderline ultimatum to get kids back in Maryland classrooms. News4's Jackie Bensen has more on the deadline Hogan wants, and the reaction from educators.

For many residents, getting the vaccine is proving to be a challenge.

In hard-hit Prince George's County, vaccine appointments are booked through February. But a significant portion of those slots are filled by people who live outside the county — as many as 50%.

Among them are many residents of Montgomery County, where health officials said there aren’t enough vaccines.

“Our people should be vaccinated first,” one woman said.

In Virginia, vaccine shortages continue to be an issue.

The Prince William County Health District had to stop taking new vaccination appointments because of how few doses they have available. New4’s Aimee Cho reports.

Gov. Ralph Northam says as more people are eligible to receive shots, more supplies are needed.

In a positive sign, Northam says Virginia is nearing a vaccination goal, to give 25,000 shots daily by Feb. 15.

Currently, just under 20,000 shots are issued each day across the state.

Virginia expects to receive 105,000 more doses next week.

Going forward, D.C. plans to release vaccination appointments twice a week. Going forward, Bowser says new appointments will be made available every Thursday at 9 a.m. for priority zip codes and Friday at 9 a.m. for all zip codes.

News4’s Shawn Yancy shows us how local researchers are tracking the spread and symptoms of the coronavirus in real time.

That’s on top of outreach D.C. will facilitate with eligible groups. Next week, the city will start reaching out to D.C. Public Schools and charter school officials to make vaccination appointments.

The District will also give hundreds of doses to Sibley and Johns Hopkins hospitals so they can host clinics for residents in public housing.

There’s concern that child care workers are being left behind, despite their essential status.

“The reality is we're working is as fast as we can with the vaccine available,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said. “Our plan is still to prioritize child care workers.”

What the Data Shows

COVID-19 metrics in the D.C. area are continuing to show signs of improvement.

Seven-day averages fell across the board, indicating the spread of the virus is slowing.

Maryland is showing the most improvement.

Maryland reported 2,396 new cases and 57 additional deaths on Friday. The state’s seven-day average is currently at 2,311 cases, the lowest it’s been in over 3 weeks.

At 7.5%, Maryland’s average test positivity rate is still higher than the CDC’s recommended level of 5%, but it’s been decreasing for the past two weeks.

Hospitalizations in Maryland are still high, but they are decreasing, too. There are currently 1,768 hospitalized patients in the state, 424 of whom are in the ICU.

D.C. is also showing signs of improvement.

D.C. had 293 new cases and three additional lives lost. The seven-day average decreased for the sixth consecutive day to 252 cases.

The District’s test positivity rate is down to 4.8%, which is on the lower end of the scale, but still higher than the reopening goal rate of 3% or less.

There are 255 COVID-19 patients in the hospital in D.C., 25 of whom are using ventilators.

Virginia recorded 2,692 new cases Friday, the lowest single-day increase in three weeks. There were 58 additional lives lost.

Virginia’s seven-day average is down to 3,999, marking four consecutive days of decrease.

Hospitalizations of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the state are down to 2,663.

Virginia’s average test positivity rate is high, but it has dropped significantly over the past three weeks – from 17.3% on Jan. 3 to 13% on Friday.

About 4.4% of Virginia’s population has been vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In Maryland, 4.6% of the population has received their first dose.

D.C. provides a figure representing both residents and workers vaccinated, meaning a percent of the population can’t be calculated.

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.

To get a better idea of when you'll be eligible to receive a vaccine, use our tool below.

A study has found that as COVID-19 vaccines roll out, they are disproportionately reaching white populations before Black and other minority communities.

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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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