But before we get to that (again), only Ward 3 is below the German rollback threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 per week–which also is the moderate threshold the CDC uses (0.05% in the second column below; n/a is not available):
|Ward||one-week prevalence||one-week % pos.||two-week prevalence||two-week % pos.|
All wards, except for Wards 2, 4, and 8 had substantial increases (Wards 5 and 6 exploded, while Ward 8 declined), with new positives in the city increasing by fourteen percent. Percent positive rates in all wards remain good. For most of the week, vaccination among adults was higher than it has been, doubling to about 0.2% of that population per day. We had two deaths in the last week.
The big news this week is that Bowser has removed the masking requirement–which is so stupid even a member of D.C. Council, Robert White, who is running against Mayor Bowser, roused himself to oppose it (the Council’s position on most of Bowser’s COVID-19 policies could best be described as supine). As I noted yesterday, I really hope I’m wrong, but I think this could be really bad. We’re not vaccinated enough, given Delta’s R0 of 5: we need to be at around 80-85% of all people, not just adults, to break transmission chains via immunity. It’s obvious Bowser did this because she wants a ‘good’ holiday season–and she’s not concerned about long-COVID. There is no reason not to wait five or six weeks, especially so those in the ‘general’ population have time to get boosters and for the boosters to take effect (guess we’ll just have to hold our breaths for the next couple weeks).
If we have a bad December or January–and I hope I’m wrong–this is entirely of Bowser’s making.
Rage is the appropriate emotion.