D.C.’s COVID-19 Plateau and the New Normal

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.

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1 Response to D.C.’s COVID-19 Plateau and the New Normal

  1. Bern says:

    Agree on testing, tho the message from DC Gov is mixed: “Go to any of the approved fire stations and get tested without fee or doctor’s order. Otherwise, go get tested only with a doctor’s order in hand (and pay whatever they charge you).”
    I live in a large apartment building that had 8 cases 3 months ago (or more – time itself has ceased to march on). 1 tenant, 1 visitor, and 6 members of the contract building maintenance company staff. The age of tenants here skews old (many tenants are retired), tho there are families with little kids. We also have a diverse life experience range – from bicycle mechanics to composers to historians to ambassadors (and at least a couple of epidemiologists). Building management has been pretty good about setting protocols for health safety (based on the DC requirements and guidelines). So we are good to go here, but when we walk out of here the citizenry on the streets is a different set of conflicts.
    Would be helpful if the City was consistent, tho at least we have some clarity…

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