DC Coronavirus Health Emergency To Be Extended To End Of Year

WASHINGTON, DC — At its Tuesday legislative meeting, the D.C. City Council will be extending

WASHINGTON, DC — At its Tuesday legislative meeting, the D.C. City Council will be extending Mayor Muriel Bowser’s heath emergency order until the end of the year. Council Chair Phil Mendelson made the announcement during a Monday morning press briefing.

Bowser originally declared the emergency on March 11, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

D.C. Department of Health updated its online coronavirus metrics dashboard Monday to help residents keep track of the District government’s response to the disease.

The new graphic employs a color grid to make it easier for people to understand where the District is in its progress toward a full reopening. D.C. is currently in Phase 2 of its phased reopening, which is represented by the color yellow. The color red shows that a particular metric has not been reached.

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of D.C. Health, confirmed during the press briefing that all boxes in this new graphic would have to be green before the District moves into Phase 3.

D.C. Health on Monday updated its list of states deemed to be at high risk for transmitting the new coronavirus. People traveling from these 31 states to D.C. will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days when they arrive.

A state is categorized as high risk if the seven-day moving average of new cases of COVID-19, the illness associated with the new coronavirus, is 10 or more per 100,000 persons. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order mandating that people traveling to and from high-risks states self-quarantine. Both Maryland and Virginia are excepted from the order.

The last time the list was updated was on Sept. 8, and the new list should be used until Monday, Oct. 5.

Three states were removed from the previous list — California, Hawaii, and Ohio— and five other states have been added: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Here are the 31 high-risk states that require 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • Delaware

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Oklahoma

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

D.C. confirmed 23 new positive cases of COVID-19, the virus associated with the new coronavirus, on Monday. That’s about half of the 53 new cases reported on Sunday. This brings the District’s total number of positive cases to 14,955.

D.C. Health reported one new deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday, described as a 59-year-old woman. The total number of deaths in the District due to COVID-19 stands at 620.

According to D.C. Department of Health, 355,144 coronavirus tests have been administered in the District, 204,099 residents have been tested, and 11,829 have been cleared from isolation.

The District currently has 64 intensive care unit beds available out of 345 total intensive care unit beds. There are currently 183 in-use ventilators out of a total of 440 available ventilators. Also, there are 26 COVID-19-positive ICU patients.

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Globally, more than 31.1 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and over 961,000 people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Monday morning. In the United States, more than 6.8 million people have been infected and over 199,000 people have died from COVID-19.

District residents should take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


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