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D.C. Coronavirus Cases

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The COVID-19 Pandemic in D.C.

Folger Delivers a Dreamy Pandemic-Inspired Redux of Midsummer

Finding a temporary home in the National Building Museum, Folger Theatre flexes new muscles to produce a play that meets audiences where they are.

Inside the National Building Museum, Folger Theatre flexes new muscles to create a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that meets audiences where they are.

COVID-19 Update: Vaccine Targeting Omicron Possible In September

Plus, Biden is all better, Montgomery County recommends masks indoors, and research suggests the pandemic originated in a Wuhan market.

*|END:IF|* U.S. to buy Moderna’s omicron vaccine, boosters coming in September  President Biden announced Friday that the U.S. plans to buy 66 million doses of Moderna’s newest vaccine, which targets the highly contagious omicron variant. The federal government has already secured another 106 million doses of Pfizer’s version of the upgraded vaccine. The administration initially…

Understudies: The Unsung Superheroes of D.C. Theater

The essential workers of theater, these actors jump in at the last minute to save the show and keep performances from getting sidelined by COVID.

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s recent production of Our Town had understudies perform in every one of its 33 shows […]

COVID-19 Update: BA.5 Taking Over

Plus, contact tracers are unemployed, Novavax gets FDA approval, and DC Health makes house calls now.

BA.5 wave Despite loosening COVID-related restrictions and reduced testing and tracing efforts, the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned this week that “COVID-19 is nowhere near over.” “The virus is running freely,” he said Tuesday. “And many countries are not effectively managing the disease burden.” Cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in…

COVID-19 Update: Nesbitt to Resign

Plus, pharmacists can prescribe the COVID pill, and the new BA.5 is the dominant subvariant in the U.S.

Nesbitt to resign After nearly eight years as the director of DC Health, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt is stepping down. Mayor Muriel Bowser praised her longest-serving cabinet member with the announced departure and said she will select a replacement soon. Nesbitt was one of the key public figures who shaped the District’s response to COVID-19, and…

COVID Update: DC Health Ends COVID Contact Tracing, Lays Off Employees

Plus, just 7 percent of kids under 5 received at least one dose of the vaccine, and community spread in D.C. is “low.”

Contacts Traced DC Health laid off 131 contact tracers as the city ends a crucial program that tracked the severity and spread of COVID-19 for the past two years, the Washington Post reports. Nineteen of the 131 employees were hired in other vacant positions, and three went to work elsewhere in the D.C. government, according…

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Under 5 Could Be Available Later This Month

That sound you heard around 3 p.m. yesterday was the collective exhale of many parents of young children. In an address to the White House Press Corps, ​​White House COVID-19 Response Team Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha announced that if the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee approves the COVID-19 vaccine…

D.C. Again Reporting COVID Data to CDC After Unexplained Lapse

Plus, councilmembers call for DC Health to reinvigorate COVID data reporting and Metro considers mask-only railcars

After several months of reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DC Health just, like, stopped doing it. The Post reported earlier this week that D.C. had not given data on the number of new COVID cases or virus-related deaths to the CDC since April 27 and that the Bowser administration…

Most Americans Have Had COVID

The Correspondents’ Dinner and climate change add to COVID anxiety.

COVID-19 case counts in D.C. have recently dropped, but at an average of 181 cases per day, they’re still pretty high, the New York Times reports. (DC Health hasn’t released data since April 17.) As Moderna asked the FDA this week to authorize two doses of its vaccine for children under 6, federal health data…

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise in D.C.

Residents hardest hit by COVID worried about D.C.’s recent rise in positive cases before many caught on.

Following the peak of the omicron surge through December and January, positive cases have continued climbing for the past month in D.C. and in the region due in part to its more transmissible subvariant, BA.2. While COVID death and hospitalization rates in the District have declined in the past two weeks, positive COVID cases have…

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