D.C.’s infection totals apparently won’t include President Trump’s positive diagnosis, as city leaders noted the president has declared his residency in Florida. City health officials said they won’t be involved in White House contact-tracing efforts.
“The White House physician will do their own contact tracing and provide guidance to impacted individuals,” said LaToya Foster, spokeswoman for D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. “As has been the practice throughout the pandemic, state health agencies only include its own residents within its case total.”
The Washington region’s jump in cases Friday comes after the area this week recorded its lowest average number of daily infections since mid-July. The seven-day rolling average had fallen to 1,293, down from 1,679 at the start of the two-week decline.
The seven-day average stood at 1,340 cases Friday.
Health experts have applauded the efforts of local leaders and residents in battling the pandemic in recent days, but cautioned