For those who follow me on the Twitterz, you’ll know that I have a thread with daily update of D.C.’s COVID-19 related stats, often followed by a quote tweet making an ‘editorial comment’ (though editorial comment is probably too high-falutin’ a term for any tweet akshually). One comment I routinely make is that, while D.C. has made good progress in lowering the number of new daily cases, certainly better than many of the states whose senators wish to deny D.C. statehood, D.C. hasn’t lowered the number of new daily cases enough.
While the D.C. government isn’t exactly shouting that from the rooftops, it seems they are thinking the same thing (boldface mine):
D.C. Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt cautioned that the city is not ready to talk about plans for Phase Three of reopening because the criteria have no been met.
“If you recall in the Reopen DC recommendation, we had informed the public that a Phase Three needs to be where we have sporadic cases in the District of Columbia and or clusters of cases,” Nesbitt said.
“We still may only have 30 cases and have plateaued in that area. But the cases are not yet connected to each other, which means that we still have moderate community transmission. We still have quite a bit of virus that is circulating in the city,” she said.
A key concern is causing a second wave of infections, not through any connection to fall or winter sickness, but by reopening too fast, Nesbitt added.
“It’s difficult to predict when (Phase Three) would occur from a time frame perspective,” she said. “I am not in a position to advise the mayor to say our community should expect to within one week, two week, three weeks have that be our experience here in the District of Columbia.”
This is refreshing to hear. Hopefully, D.C. residents will take this to heart, and get tested if they think they’ve been exposed and also wear masks.