From cases to vaccinations, almost all COVID measurements in the district are improved, according to DC Health key measurements.
Why it’s important: The large drop in cases following the Omicron increase means fewer mandates and COVID safeguards around the DMV.
What happens: The district’s vaccine mandate was lifted last week, and the mask mandate ended yesterday. In contrast to November last year when it maintained its own rules, so did the White House lift his mask mandate for fully vaccinated persons.
- The Virginia bill, which makes masks optional for public school students, comes into force today.
- Maryland last week lifted school mask mandatesgiving individual school districts the power to decide whether masks will be required.
- Some districts have also lifted the mask requirements for visitors and on buses.
The Smithsonian is reopening of three museums which closed due to staff shortages during the Omicron rise.
Zoom in: While many mandates are being lifted, the deadline for DC students is to be vaccinated today.
By the numbers: As of last Thursday, DC’s weekly cases were 78.7 new cases per year. 100,000 people, a decrease from 429.7 new cases per. 100,000 a month ago – but hospitalizations have only shot up slightly.
- 5% of COVID-19 cases result in hospitalizations. As of last Thursday, 124 people with COVID-19 are in the hospital and 24 in the intensive care unit, according to DCCovid.com.
- Just over 70% of DC residents are now fully vaccinated.
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