That, as the kids used to say, escalated rapidly. If there’s good news, it’s that the official count of COVID positive cases dropped:
That said, it’s worth noting that, under the old community transmission benchmarks, our daily new positive case rate of around 23 per 100,000 is still high (remember, the new CDC benchmarks are about maintaining hospital capacity, not preventing infection).
On the not so good news side, the local wasterwater data suggest a slight decline for Arlington, Virginia, a massive increase for Loudon County, VA, and a slight increase for Alexandria, VA (there are no publicly available data for D.C. or Maryland).
And between January 22 and February 22, the percentage of D.C. residents who are positive for nucleocapsid antibodies (that is, have been infected) jumped from 41.8% to 63.6%: one-third of all D.C. residents were infected in the last month. This isn’t exactly a public health success (more like a total fucking failure).
I’m still hoping that somehow Omicron or having three or more doses leads to different outcomes from what we’ve seen before, and so long COVID will be rare. Otherwise, we’re going to have a ton of long-term, possibly permanent, disability.
Happy Fucking Friday.