It is with great regret that Peace Mountain Theatre Company announces the cancellation of Three Tall Women, the final show in our 2021-2022 season. We have been watching the numbers on COVID infections in Montgomery County and the DC metropolitan area and have reluctantly come to the conclusion that, as the safety of our cast, production staff, and audience is paramount, the most prudent course of action is to stop production at this time. County Executive Marc Elrich noted the following in his weekly address April 211
COVID-19 cases have increased 23 percent since last week. Our test positivity rate has surpassed 5 percent, which is two percentage points higher than the State average. Currently, 94 percent of our region’s cases are the new BA.2 variants.
Our current case rates and positivity are higher than what we saw with Delta last year; while hospitalizations are still lower, . . . we have begun to see increases in patients showing up at our hospital emergency rooms with COVID-like symptoms. COVID inpatients’ counts have risen 56 percent in the past week.
New UCLA studies find that 30 percent of people treated for COVID-19 developed Post Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC), more commonly known as “long COVID.”
Being “fully vaccinated” at this point is not being completely protected. For us to weather future upticks and surges without mandates, virtual learning or restrictions, we must increase our booster numbers.
And even more currently, the April 27th edition of the New York Times, presented more sobering numbers for Montgomery County: As of April 27, the county is averaging 236 new cases/day, up 48% in the last two weeks; our per capita rate of infection is the highest in the state at 22/100,00.2 We could not ignore these figures.
We are grateful to all of you who have bought single tickets to our performances this year. And to all of you who have bought tickets to Three Tall Women, our sincere apologies; we will of course refund you for the cost of those tickets. Please check future newsletters, our website, or our Facebook page for information as we proceed.