Omicron smashes Case Records in DC, Maryland and Virginia

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DC, Maryland and Virginia all broke records for the number of positive coronavirus cases this week. DC’s daily average of cases was 2,071 on Tuesday, an increase of more than 900 percent compared to the average two weeks ago. Maryland’s daily average of cases was 6,847 on Tuesday, an increase of more than 400 percent two weeks ago. Virginia’s daily average was 6,736 cases, up 165 percent from two weeks ago.

The increase is strong in Virginia and Maryland counties bordering the district. Cases in Fairfax and Arlington have quadrupled since mid-December New York Times reports, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties both see high risk of infection.

The capacity of local authorities to test people for the virus is under pressure in some places. Libraries in northern Virginia are struggling to deliver fast enough tests to residents, DCist reported Monday, and a Washingtonian reporter observed long queues at Alexandria and Arlington test sites Tuesday. The increase also causes difficulties in providing emergency services across the region: Nearly 20 percent of DC Fire and EMS employees are quarantined after positive test results. About 10 percent of Montgomery County’s firefighters are also prevented.

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