Coronavirus in the DC area – update 2

As I live and work in Northern Virginia, just a few miles outside of Washington, DC, the local situation is of interest to me, as I suspect it is to a few other readers. Again, all the data is from the Johns Hopkin’s website (which I gather is also maintained in the DC area), as of 7:25:19 AM: Johns Hopkins CSSE

The DC area is rather sprawling, with over 5 million people scattered across DC, Virginia and Maryland. Let me list the presence of virus by location. I list the number of cases from the post two weeks ago, last week’s post followed by the number of cases this week. Population is the 2018 estimate from Wikipedia:

……………………………………………Previous..Last……..New

………………………..….Population….Week……Week…..Cases……….Deaths

Washington D.C…………..702,445……..507…….1,211……2,058………..67

Arlington, VA…………..…..237,521…….104…….….237…..….401………….2

Alexandria VA………….…160,530……….30…..…..126………..247………….1

Fairfax County, VA……..1,150,795……..244………532….…1,207………..20

Falls Church, VA……..…….14,772……………………………………….2

Fairfax City, VA……..………24,574………………………………………1

Loudoun County, VA………406,850………87….…..209…..…344……………5

Prince Williams C., VA….…468,011…..….94….…..236……..508……………1

Manassas…………………….41,641……………………………………49

Manassas Park………….…..17,307……………………………………13

Stafford Country, VA………149,960…..….24….…….49…………95

Fredericksburg, VA…….…..29,144…..……1………….8…………14

Montgomery C., MD……1,052,567……..447…..…..871……1,883………..54

Prince Georges C., MD….909,308……..403……..1,020…….2,356……….72

Total……….…….……5,365,425..…1,941…….4,499…..9,178……..222

 

The number of cases appears to be doubling at every locale each week. This is not a good trend. Do not know if that is because of more spreading or better testing. There were 23 deaths recorded the week before last, last week it was 76, now it is 222.

The Mortality Rate for the area is 2.42% up from 1.69% last week and 1.18% the previous week. The population known to be infect is 0.17%. or one confirmed case for every 585 people. From my observations, most people are doing a reasonable job of self isolating. Probably easier to do in this more spread out suburban area than in some cities. They do say that this area will become one of the next hotspots, but because it is spread out and primarily suburban, I don’t think it will be anything like New York. Still, right now, the number of cases are doubling each week.

The Washington DC statistic area according to some also includes Warren, Clarke, Fauquier, and Spotsylvania Counties in Virginia, Jefferson County in West Virginia, Frederick, Howard, Charles and Calvert Counties in Maryland. I rarely go to these places. But of interest to me is Albemarle County, VA with 50 confirmed cases and Charlottesville, VA which has 36 confirmed cases and 1 death. Montgomery County, VA has 33 cases.

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Christopher A. Lawrence
Christopher A. Lawrence

Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst. He is the Executive Director and President of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict and the resolution of armed conflict. The Dupuy Institute provides independent, historically-based analyses of lessons learned from modern military experience.
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Mr. Lawrence was the program manager for the Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base, the Kursk Data Base, the Modern Insurgency Spread Sheets and for a number of other smaller combat data bases. He has participated in casualty estimation studies (including estimates for Bosnia and Iraq) and studies of air campaign modeling, enemy prisoner of war capture rates, medium weight armor, urban warfare, situational awareness, counterinsurgency and other subjects for the U.S. Army, the Defense Department, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Air Force. He has also directed a number of studies related to the military impact of banning antipersonnel mines for the Joint Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.
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His published works include papers and monographs for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, in addition to over 40 articles written for limited-distribution newsletters and over 60 analytical reports prepared for the Defense Department. He is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka (Aberdeen Books, Sheridan, CO., 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2015), War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE., 2017) , The Battle of Prokhorovka (Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT., 2019), The Battle for Kyiv (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2023), Aces at Kursk (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024), Hunting Falcon: The Story of WWI German Ace Hans-Joachim Buddecke (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024) and The Siege of Mariupol (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024).
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Mr. Lawrence lives in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.

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  1. Here’s the latest thinking (4/19/2020) of Lou Weiner, M.D. (Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center):

    I think this will be an important week in the DC area with respect to the load of the pandemic. By the end of the week we will know if we are headed to a true surge (I tend to think not), a decline in new cases (I am hopeful, but not necessarily optimistic in that regard) or a continued plateau (this is my best guess).

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