After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, DC will change the way it reports virus data, the city’s health ministry said Wednesday.
After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, DC will change the way it reports coronavirus-related data, the city’s health ministry said Wednesday.
Instead of reporting new COVID-19 figures daily, the city will publish data once a week on Wednesdays to keep pace with latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). on monitoring the level of COVID-19 in local communities. According to the new CDC measurements, DC’s current level of societal dispersal is low.
The district will now report:
- A weekly case count
- Weekly COVID-19 hospitalization
- A percentage of COVID-19-positive individuals admitted
- A percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19-positive patients.
Vaccination data will continue to be updated every Thursday.
DC’s Department of Health said in a release that these new measurements will target future prevention efforts, such as masking and testing, against people at higher risk for severe COVID; and focus on preventing hospitals and healthcare systems from being overwhelmed.
Health authorities continue to encourage people to be fully vaccinated and boosted. Here are four ways you can get the vaccine or a booster in town:
- Visit a walk-up vaccine clinic or COVID center.
- Appoint a home vaccination by calling 1-855-363-0333.
- Make an appointment with your health care provider.
- Find other options for getting vaccinated by visiting vaccines.gov.
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