October 15, 2020 at 12:22 am EDT
Coronavirus case numbers in the DC region hit a two-month high. Officials say small gatherings are fueling the rise
By Julie Zauzmer and Ovetta Wiggins
The number of new coronavirus infections in the greater Washington area rose to a two-month high on Wednesday as the DC chief health officer said small social gatherings are helping spread the virus.
The seven-day moving average for new cases in Virginia, Maryland and the district was 1
,801, the highest since the August 13 average of 1,916 cases. The spike coincided with cooler temperatures and a White House outbreak, though local health officials say any link to a rose garden event in late September is unclear.
Among patients who contracted the novel coronavirus in the first week of October in DC, nearly a quarter had attended a social gathering of at least five people in the two weeks prior to their illness, DC health director LaQuandra Nesbitt said Wednesday . One in five had eaten in a restaurant.