As New Jersey and New York See Decline, DC and Virginia See Incline

Monday, DC, Maryland, and Virginia saw their biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 related deaths, with up to 169.  Officials are concerned that the next hot spot will be DC and Philadelphia.  Although deaths are disproportionately concentrated among black residents, there is generally a 114 percent increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in DC region from the past week. Between Friday and Monday, there was an average of 393 new cases per day, up from average of 70 new cases a day March 22 to March 24.

40 percent originated in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County; DC and Northern Virginia accounted for more than 30 percent of new cases: 538 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 656 additional people awaiting test results. Maryland has hospitalized 1,059 people, with 184 released from isolation.

As DC, Maryland, and Virginia together reach 10,000 infected mark, officials warn people to stay home and to practice social distancing, as the area hospitals begin preparing extra beds to prepare for an influx of COVID-positive patients.

Although New York is seeing a decline in infection numbers, New York also saw its highest death rate today, 779 people.

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