District tops US with highest average rate of daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

D.C. currently has the highest average rate of daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the United States, according to national data.

The District has recorded an average of 293 daily COVID-19 cases for every 100,000 residents in the past week – a tally that outnumbers all U.S. states and territories, according to data from The New York Times. The city’s rate is more than three times the national average, which remains at 81, and New York checks in with the second highest average daily case rate of 191 per 100,000 residents.

The District’s cases have soared since Thanksgiving, jumping by about 3,300 percent from a daily average of about 60 cases to about 2,000 after the spread of the Omicron variant made its way into the city earlier this month. The city’s average daily case rate has spiked by about 931 percent in the last two weeks, according to Times data.

D.C.’s nation-leading average rate of daily hospitalizations totals about 46 tied to COVID-19 out of every 100,000 in the last week, double the U.S. average of 23. The rate is up by about 135 percent in the city during the past two weeks, according to the data.

District officials estimate that nearly 67 percent of city residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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