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A healthcare worker administers a coronavirus test at a driving test center at George Washington University in Washington, DC, last month.
A healthcare worker administers a coronavirus test at a driving test center at George Washington University in Washington, DC, last month. Graeme Sloan / Sipa USA / AP

According to data from the DC Department of Health, there has been an increase in coronavirus cases in Washington, DC. The increase could be a setback to the criteria that Mayor Muriel Bowser uses to decide when the city will start first. reopening stage.

So far this weekend, Washington has seen 11 days of decreasing community spread of the coronavirus. The city said 14 days of decline were necessary as one of the measures needed before moving on to the first stage of the reopening. Sunday would have been the 13th day of decline – but instead, there has been a small spike in the past two days.

Given that the peak was low, the DC Department of Health said on Sunday that it would consider this as a reset on day 11 of the decline as the number of cases was less than the department’s calculation of the standard deviation for the number of cases.

“We don’t have to go to day zero,” said DC Health Department director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt at a press conference.

Bowser said last week that Washington could begin the first leg of its reopening on Friday, May 29, unless peaks occur.

With this increase in cases, DC could still have 14 days of decline before potentially reopening this Friday. Nesbitt wouldn’t comment if this reset affects when Washington could start reopening.

There are two other reopening factors: a positivity rate of less than 20% and a hospital capacity of less than 80%. On Sunday, the positivity rate is 19% and the hospital capacity 74%.

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