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A healthcare worker tested for coronavirus at a drive-through testing facility at George Washington University in Washington DC last month. Grimm Sloan / Sipa USA / AP

Cornavirus cases in Washington, D.C., are on the rise, according to the DC Department of Health. Mayor Muriel Bousser could raise the criteria he is using to determine when the city will begin the first phase of reopening.

As of this weekend, the coronavirus outbreak in Washington has reduced the community by 11 days. The city said a 14-day fall was needed as one of the necessary measurements before moving to a reopening stage. Sunday was the thirteenth day of the decline – but instead there was a small spike in the last two days.

Since the spike was small, the DC Health Department said Sunday that it would reconsider it within 11 days of the reduction because the number of cases was lower than the department’s calculation of the standard deviation for the number of cases.

“We don’t have to let our zero days go,” said Dr. Lauquandra Nesbitt, director of the DC Department of Health, at a news conference.

Bowser said last week that Washington could start the first round of his case on Friday, May 29, without any litigation.

In the event of this increase, DC could potentially decline 14 days before reopening this Friday. Nesbitt did not comment on whether the reset would be affected if Washington could reopen.

There are two more reasons for reopening: a positive rate of less than 20% and hospital capacity less than 80%. As of Sunday, the positive rate is 19%, and the hospital capacity is 74%.

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