A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly one out of every four people in the U,D.C. is currently infected with the coronavirus.
The report said that nearly two out of three of those infected in the District are under the age of 35, with nearly two-thirds being women.
According to the CDC, there are approximately 2.6 million active cases of COVID in the United States, and nearly 600,000 deaths, with more than 617,000 cases occurring in the first six months of the year.
The agency’s findings come on the heels of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement that it would phase out its use of COVIS-19 coronaviruses by January 1, 2019.
The move comes as the U:D.S.’s hospitals are scrambling to handle the surge of COV-19 cases.
“This is a huge and growing problem that is impacting many parts of the United Sates,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement.
“We are making a critical and historic step forward by ending the use of the coronasvirus vaccines by January 2019.”
According to CDC, more than 4,000 new cases of the COVIS virus have been diagnosed in the district over the last 24 hours, with the number of confirmed cases expected to hit 20,000 in just a few weeks.