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Coronavirus in the DMV: April 23

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues to grow. Here are the details for April 23

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading across the DMV, leading to unprecedented changes to our everyday life to curtail the disease.


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Thursday, April 23:

  • Alexandria reported 38 new cases and two deaths, bringing the county total to 512 cases and 15 fatalities. 
  • Six new DOC inmates tested positive for coronavirus, for a total of 47 residents who tested positive and are in isolation. Sixty-two inmates have recovered and returned to the general population.
  • Gov. Northam extended the current ban on elective surgeries until May 1, and the closure of Department of Motor Vehicles public-facing offices until May 11
  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the District's reopen strategy in an effort to move towards Phase 1 in accordance with White House guidance.
  • New data shows 2,485 positive cases of coronavirus in a 24-hour period. That's the largest single-day increase in cases for the region as a whole since the pandemic began. Thursday's numbers bring the total number of cases in the DMV to 30,096.
  • Maryland reports a one-day increase of 962 cases and 49 deaths. It's the largest increase in cases in the state since April 8. In total, Maryland now reports 15,737 cases of the virus and 680 deaths. Health officials say 3,477 people have been hospitalized.
  • DC confirms 3,361 positive coronavirus cases and reports 139 people have died from COVID-19.
  • Virginia now reports 10,998 total cases in the state. Of those cases, 1,753 have required hospitalization. Health officials say 372 people have died as a result of the virus in the commonwealth so far.

Wednesday, April 22:

  • Alexandria reported 12 new cases and two new deaths, for a total of 474 positive cases and 13 deaths. 
  • LCPS said an Arcola Elementary School staff member tested positive for the coronavirus
  • Montgomery County health officials announced two additional COVID-19 testing sites in Wheaton and Germantown.
  • Dulles Health and Rehab Center in Herndon reported 11 patients have died from coronavirus, while 63 other patients and 19 staff members have tested positive. 
  • Virginia reported 636 new cases of coronavirus, and 25 additional deaths, bringing the Commonwealth's totals to 10,266 cases and 349 deaths. 
  • Gov. Hogan announced the reopening of the previously closed Laurel Hospital as the new Laurel Medical Center. Hogan said he will announce Maryland’s Roadmap To Recovery plan on Friday. This plan will mark how Maryland will reopen after the coronavirus pandemic led to a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the illness.

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  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser shared updates on unemployment benefits for city residents and announced the opening of a new testing site at the University of District of Columbia (UDC) and the launching of rapid testing for vulnerable facilities in the city.
  • Maryland reports there are now 14,775 cases of coronavirus in the state. That's a one-day increase of 582 cases. Health officials report 631 people have died due to the virus, and 3,325 people have been hospitalized.
  • DC reports 108 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the District's total to 3,206 COVID-19 cases. There are now 127 deaths reported.

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

Key Facts

  • Events with more than 10 people have been banned. 
  • D.C.-Baltimore area recognized as "emerging hot spot" 
  • D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have declared States of Emergency
  • D.C., Maryland and Virginia have issued stay-at-home orders
  • Face masks required for grocery shoppers in D.C. and Maryland
  • Restaurants are carry-out, drive-through or delivery only
  • Teleworking for non-essential D.C. government workers is extended in the District until May 15
  • Public schools in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are closed. DC schools will remain closed through the end of the school year.
  • Maryland, Virginia and D.C. have ordered all non-essential businesses to close
  • Maryland and Virginia primaries delayed
  • The first case was discovered on March 5

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:

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