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Coronavirus in the DMV: April 22

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues to grow. Here are the details for April 22.

WASHINGTON — 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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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.

RELATED: Governor Hogan will release a roadmap for reopening Maryland

  • 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.

Tuesday, April 21: 

  • 41 new COVID-19 cases and 1 new death in Alexandria
  • The DMV could start easing social distancing guidelines by June 8 if it implements rigorous containment strategies, according to new projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 

RELATED: Here's when the DMV could start easing social distancing

  • Gov. Larry Hogan is now allowing the state’s barbershops and salons to stay open to service essential personnel only during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Maryland reports 14,193 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus and 584 deaths as a result of the coronavirus in the state. Those deaths bring the total number across the DMV to over 1,000 since the outbreak began.

RELATED: Gov. Hogan allows Maryland barbers, salons to open for appointments with certain essential workers

  • D.C. health officials say there are now 3,098 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in the District. Health officials say 112 people have died as a result of the virus.
  • Virginia now says there are 9,630 confirmed positive coronavirus cases in the state. Of those cases, 1,581 have required hospitalization. Health officials report 324 people have died due to the virus so far.
  • Fairfax County Schools says they are moving away from Blackboard for distance learning during the coronavirus outbreak.

RELATED: Fairfax County schools transition away from Blackboard for distance learning, parents voice frustrations with issues

  • Researchers at the University of Maryland are working to determine if plasma from the blood of coronavirus survivors can help save lives.

RELATED: Can blood from COVID-19 survivors treat coronavirus ICU patients?

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:

RELATED: DC coronavirus updates: Mayor Bowser extends stay-at-home orders and public health emergency until May 15

RELATED: Virginia coronavirus updates: Restrictions on gatherings, non-essential businesses extended to May 8

RELATED: Maryland coronavirus updates: Face masks mandatory, PPE supplies increase as positive cases top 10,000

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