‘District of COVID’? DC Sees Big Spike in Testing and Cases

** FILE ** This Tuesday, July 3, 2007 picture shows the skyline of Washington, D.C., including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol. No skyscrapers jut from this low-lying federal city, allowing iconic buildings like the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol to dominate the horizon. However, the historically sparse skyline might not stay that way. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Washington, D.C., is now a coronavirus hotbed, and apparently the outbreak goes much farther than 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The city just reported its highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases in more than four months.

On Monday, Washington, D.C. reported 105 new coronavirus cases, which marked the highest number since June 2, when the city reported 130 new cases. To be fair, the city is also seeing a huge spike in testing since President Donald Trump announced his positive test on Thursday. Close to 8,500 people were tested on Monday, the highest number of tests in one day since tracking began on March 13. According to D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio, city-run testing sites conducted 3,962 tests on Monday, which was an 81% increase over the previous Monday.

“While we do not have data on what compelled people to get tested today, it would be hard to imagine that the recent news did not drive more people to do so,” Falcicchio said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the demand this week and urge residents if they need a test to get a test.”

The high number of people getting tested definitely coincides with the coronavirus outbreak at the White House and President Trump’s announcement on Thursday that he had tested positive for the virus. The First Lady, several top aides, the White House press secretary and three Republican senators have all tested positive in the last few days.

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