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Coronavirus in the DMV: September 28

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues. Here are the updates for September 28.

WASHINGTON — The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) remains present around the country, as well as here in the DMV. Things like masks and social distancing are the most important to help combat the spread of the virus.

This blog details the latest updates on the coronavirus in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Check-in each day for what’s new, where each part of the DMV is at in its phased reopening plan and what direction the coronavirus trend is headed.

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Updates on coronavirus cases come from health departments between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. every day.

Tracking the Coronavirus

  • D.C. is now averaging 42 coronavirus cases a day. Down slightly from two weeks ago.
  • On Sunday the District announced 35 additional cases and zero new deaths. That's the lowest number of new cases reported in five days.
  • Maryland has also seen a decline in average cases. Maryland averaged 463 cases per day as of Sunday, a 19% decrease from two weeks ago.
  • Maryland health officials reported 10 new deaths Sunday, it's highest number since September 15.
  • Maryland health officials have conducted more than 30,000 coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours, brining the state's total testing volume to 2.5 million.
  • As of Sunday, Virginia reported an average of 804 cases per day, a 19% drop from two weeks ago.
  • The commonwealth appears to still be dealing with a reporting backlog of deaths.
  • Virginia's 7-day average positivity rate is 4.8%

Reopening the DMV

The latest in reopening news:

  • D.C. announced a pilot that will allow a limited number of venues to host live entertainment. Here are the details.
  • Maryland has entered the third and final stage of its reopening plan, with all businesses able to reopen. Details on what Phase 3 looks like here.
  • Montgomery County has adjusted some of its Phase 2 guidelines. More here
  • Prince George's County, Maryland, remains in Phase 2, but released additional reopenings. Here's a look.
  • Metro returns to a normal schedule with masks and social distancing still required. Here's the latest.

Previous Updates

September 28:

  • D.C. is now averaging 0 deaths from the coronavirus a day.
  • Virginia is now averaging 779 cases of the coronavirus a day. Two weeks ago it was averaging 1000 cases.  
  • Some D.C. students will be allowed to do in-person learning as early as this week throughout October to receive additional support during their virtual learning.

September 26:

  • D.C.'s coronavirus case average has plateaued, averaging the same number of cases Saturday as two weeks ago
  • As of Saturday, Maryland is averaging 461 new cases of coronavirus a day, an 18% decrease from two weeks ago
  • Virginia is now averaging 821 cases of coronavirus a day. Two weeks ago the commonwealth was averaging over 1,000 cases.
  • Virginia health officials reported 8 coronavirus deaths Saturday, a number much closer to its average.

Read previous updates here.

What precautions should you take?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Check the status of the virus in your state with your state health department's websites by tapping below:

D.C. Coronavirus Surveillance Data

Virginia Department of Health

Maryland Department of Health