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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 15, 2024

District to move to weekly COVID-19 positive case updates

DC Health officials will no longer report the daily number of positive coronavirus cases and will transition to weekly positive case updates, according to a release Wednesday.

New coronavirus cases will only be published every Wednesday on the District government website. The new frequency of reporting is in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance on community spread of COVID-19, which bases suggested local policies on COVID-19 hospital admissions, percent of hospital beds occupied by patients and new cases in the past seven days.

Last week, the CDC put forward three levels of COVID-19 spread – low, medium and high. The levels are based on new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the prior week, designed to prevent the exhaustion of healthcare workers and focus preventative measures on high-risk individuals like the elderly and people with disabilities, according to the release.

“DC Health continues to emphasize the importance of being fully vaccinated and up to date to have increased protection from COVID-19,” the release states.

As of Thursday, the District’s COVID-19 community spread is classified as low, meaning residents can take minimal preventative measures like staying up to date with vaccines and boosters and the D.C. government should provide access to at-home COVID-19 tests.

“The COVID-19 Community Level will inform DC Health’s recommendations on prevention measures, like masking and testing,” the release states.

GW officials announced they will maintain the University’s indoor mask mandate and suggested the use of N95 or KN95 masks, despite the removal of the D.C. indoor mask mandate. GW has maintained a positivity rate less than 1 percent over the past seven days, according to the University’s COVID-19 dashboard.

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Ianne Salvosa, News Editor
Ianne Salvosa is a junior majoring in journalism and international affairs from Lake Saint Louis, Missouri. She is The Hatchet's 2023-2024 news editor for the Administration and Finance beat. She previously served as an assistant news editor for the Administration and Finance beat and a contributing news editor for the Academics and Administration beats for Vol. 119.
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