What you need to know on November 24 – NBC4 Washington


Since Thanksgiving is only two days away, many people make a tough decision between security and tradition.

COVID-19 infections are growing at an unprecedented rate in the spring. The United States now adds about 200,000 new cases a day.

The region continues to struggle, with Virginia leading 200,000 cases on Tuesday.

Compared to a month ago, the average daily number of new cases was nearly 3.5 times higher in Maryland, DC, and more than doubled in Virginia.

As a promising sign, the seven-day rolling average for DC and Maryland declined on Tuesday. It is too early to tell if this is the beginning of a decline.

The demand for tests is growing as many Americans hope a negative test will alleviate anxiety over gathering around the dinner table.

According to the Maryland Department of Health, testing one to three days before the trip and then two to five days after the trip may reduce the chances of COVID-19 spreading.

“Although this is not a guarantee,” the department said.

In DC, the test waiting time now averages 3.1 days, which is in the “red zone.”

As travel intensifies, local leaders are pushing it back and hopes the restrictions will prevent a post-holiday peak.

Montgomery County, Maryland, will impose stricter restrictions on Friday at 5 p.m. The number of indoor gatherings will be a maximum of 10 people, and outdoor coverings will be required.

Starting Wednesday, new COVID-19 restrictions will take effect in the district, including restaurants, churches and gyms.

Gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. This includes Thanksgiving family reunions.

There are smaller gatherings, fewer people admitting to restaurants, and there are stricter restrictions on gyms and churches. These are all part of the new COVID-19 restrictions coming into force in the area. News4 Mark Segraves breaks everything.

In Maryland and Virginia, the number of covered social gatherings should not exceed 25.

However, in the counties of Montgomery and Prince George, the limited number may not exceed 10. It can be lower than that of Prince George: the hosts can only invite one person per 200 square meters.

Maryland will launch an aggressive campaign to enforce COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday.

Additional state soldiers will be deployed in all counties of the state to comply with the rules on wearing masks, limiting weight, and limiting the capacity of businesses.

Governor Larry Hogan compared this enforcement effort to typical DUI checkpoints during the holidays.

According to him, restrictions are needed in the fight against COVID-19.

In a presentation to Virginia health officials last week, RAND Corporation made suggestions on how the state can mitigate the current wave.

One suggestion was to consider a two-week downtime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, whether targeted or nationwide.

The shutdown “may include a spread before the December holidays,” the report said.


According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the safest way to holiday is at home.

If you are traveling, Fairfax County health officials have some vacation guidelines.

Fairfax County health officials released Monday a list of guidelines for the festive coronavirus, which divided activities into different risk categories. News4 Juliana Valencia breaks down the guidance.

Family holiday activities were classified into different risk categories.

Officials say large gatherings, trips and transits are extremely risky activities. Medium-risk gatherings would be outdoors, where everyone is masked at a safe distance and no one shares plates or dishes.

The least risk is staying at home and practical gathering.

If you have to fly, health officials say flying without a changeover isn’t that bad either.

To facilitate virtual celebrations, Zoom removes time limits for Thanksgiving meetings.

Millions of people have already traveled to the holiday this week, including 3 million who have flown in recent days, the Transportation Safety Directorate said.

Reagan National Airport was no exception: on Monday, News4 found lines at the security and baggage claim.


Maryland is spending $ 19 million to help thousands of people struggling to pay rent.

The money is divided into 17 jurisdictions, including Montgomery, Prince George, Howard and Saint Mary counties.


Alexandria City Public Schools will only bring students back to the classroom the following year after school management has agreed to the recommendation of Superintendent Gregory C. Hutching Jr., the Washington Post reported.

Learning will be fully online by January. Only a few students were brought back in person, the Post said.

The district plans to hold a series of deliberations on reopening schools on December 1-2. There will be four meetings for families and students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Many coronavirus vaccines are currently in the final stages of approval, but doctors are already worried that the public will not want to take them. Dr. Paul Biddinger, who works with Massachusetts Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccination Advisory Group, joined LX News to explain the many safety steps required to approve vaccines to the general public and when the first dose is expected to be available.

After the meeting, school officials will share a survey asking families about their preferences for returning to school.


More Fairfax County students will be out of classrooms on Tuesday instead of opening their laptops at home.

Fairfax County Public Schools switched Group 4 students back to virtual education.

According to the district, coronavirus cases are pointing in the wrong direction.

Group 4 students return to personal education if certain criteria are met.

What the data show

A further 64 deaths have been registered in the region in the last 24 hours, the biggest jump in two months.

DC reported 119 new COVID-19 cases and another death on Tuesday.

The data show that new infections in the district every day can level off. The seven-day average drops to 157, in 5 cases lower than a week.

The average positivity rate for DC will also drop to 3.6% after a peak of 4.8% was reported on Monday, November 16th.

Although the results of several tests are negative, the average test run time of DC has increased slightly. After 3.1 days, the lead time entered the red zone of the Ministry of Health. As more and more people seek testing, delays and backlogs are likely to continue.

Maryland is also showing some positive trends, although it is unclear whether they will be sustainable. Maryland’s seven-day average (2237) remains fairly high, but has actually declined for the past two consecutive days.

Maryland’s average positivity will also drop to 6.88% from 7.19% reported last Wednesday.

Maryland reported 1,667 additional cases and another 32 deaths.

Virginia cases exceeded 200,000 on Tuesday, with a further 2,142 cases and 31 deaths.

Virginia’s seven-day average has been rising every day for the past week, rising from 1265 last Tuesday to 1857 today.

Virginia’s average positivity rate can be up to 7.4%, the highest level in two months.

Local coronavirus headings

  • Fairfax County health officials have published a list of guidelines for the festive coronavirus, which have broken down activities into different risk categories.
  • Some Fairfax County students have returned to virtual learning amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.
  • A total of 51,510 coronavirus tests were performed in Maryland on Friday, the highest single day ever.
  • The Smithsonian is once again closing its museums and the National Zoo due to recent peaks in the COVID-19 cases.
  • The program that extended unemployment benefits to unemployed Virginians ends on Saturday.
  • COVID-19 numbers continue to paint a terrible picture for black Americans, and the black community is constantly working to increase testing.
  • Metro’s board of directors voted the budget deficit on Thursday by changing the frequency of trains.
  • As a result of a coronavirus outbreak in Terrapins ’locker room, the University of Maryland’s football match against Michigan State University, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled.
  • Officials have canceled the termination of the annual Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery. The event in December will finally happen.
  • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that the state will distribute about $ 70 million in federal aid as the state relies on months of coronavirus cases.
  • Eight players from the University of Maryland football team gave a positive result for COVID-19. The game against Ohio State was abandoned.
  • Maryland has released a new contact app and reduced the indoor operation of bars and restaurants from 75% to 50% as a result of increasing coronavirus cases and increased hospitalizations.
  • A review of the News4 I-Team revealed concerns that Prince George’s county, where the state has the most coronavirus cases, has received the overwhelming portion of more than $ 165 million in funding so far.
  • The DC now requires that travelers from all but four countries must check COVID-19 once, even before traveling, and even if they plan to stay in the district for more than three days. Maryland, Virginia, Hawaii and Vermont are the exceptions.

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How to stay safe

There are ways to reduce the risk of catching the coronavirus. Here are the CDC guidelines:

  • People over the age of 2 must wear a mask or face shield. Hold it over your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often. If you do, scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as a backup.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone living outside your home. This means staying six feet away from anyone outside your circle, even if you are wearing a mask.
  • Always cover the cough and sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently affected surfaces.