Sunday marks the fourth day in a row that D.C. has recorded no deaths from the coronavirus. To see just two consecutive days with no COVID-19 deaths in D.C., you have to go all the way back to March 24.
The D.C. health department announced the data Monday. As the crisis worsens in other parts of the country. D.C. is tracking improvements including reduced community spread of the virus.
The District announced an additional 59 infections on Monday and no additional deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 11,000 cases have been reported in D.C. and at least 568 people have died.
Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said that while she was happy to see no additional loss of life, infections now could lead to hospitalizations and then deaths later. She described “lagging indicators.” About two weeks after any increase in cases is detected, an increase in hospitalizations can be expected to follow. Then, two weeks after that, deaths can follow.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser asked residents to keep wearing masks, maintaining social distance and being judicious about their activities and contacts.
There's big news on the horizon for families with children: D.C. Public Schools will make an announcement Thursday on the plan for schools, the mayor said.