D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images.
Both D.C. and New York lead the nation in reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases per capita, and both are well above the U.S. average, which sits at 104 per 100,000 as of Friday.
According the New York Times’ coronavirus tracker, D.C. reported a daily case average of 298 cases per 100,000 — the highest per capita average in the entire nation — as of Thursday. New York follows, reporting 242 cases per capita.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at an event, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) this month issued an ultimatum to businesses, requiring them to either check the vaccination status of patrons or implement a sweeping mask mandate. However, some counties have vowed to disregard her edicts. New York City specifically — home to over 8 million New Yorkers — has even stricter mandates, as Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has imposed vaccine requirements on city workers and private sector employees. Additionally, he recently expanded the city’s vaccine passport program, the Key to NYC Pass, applying to children as young as five.
“This is something that is going to keep kids safe and families safe. Go get your child vaccinated. As long as they’ve gotten that first dose by December 14, they can continue to participate [in] indoor dining, entertainment, all these great things,” he said as he made the announcement.
Days before Christmas, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) took action as well, reintroducing the city’s indoor mask mandate and forcing “all employees, contractors, interns, and grantees of DC Government” to be fully vaccinated and boosted.