Patient volume at hospitals in the District, Maryland and Virginia appears to be returning to levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic, officials say, thanks in part to public campaigns aimed at convincing people that hospitals are safe.

Maryland hospitals were seeing 85 to 90 percent of their normal in-patient volume in early October, and 70 percent of their normal emergency-room volume, according to data provided by the Maryland Hospital Association. In Virginia, the volume of patients dropped precipitously in April, just after the pandemic arrived, but appeared to have rebounded somewhat by the end of June.

And while July rates for acute-care admissions, emergency department visits and ambulatory surgeries at D.C. hospitals were still down compared with January levels, they have improved markedly since April, according to a report released Wednesday by the D.C. Hospital Association.

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