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Coronavirus in the DMV: May 17

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues to grow. Here are the latest updates.

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


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Sunday, May 17:

  • Prince William County announces free testing sites.

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  • American Vets (AMVETS) announces their 'Rolling to Remember' rally for Memorial Day is now going to be virtual.
  • The District reports 81 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 7,123 cases. Eight DC residents have died since the weekend began. 
  • Maryland sees the lowest hospitalization numbers in the state for the last three weeks for a total of 1,463.
  • In Virginia, fewer than 10 deaths were reported in the commonwealth in the last day, bringing the total 1,009.

Saturday, May 16:

  • The Preakness Stakes has a new date this year: October 3. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the delayed date for the Baltimore horse race on Saturday.
  • Maryland reports 982 new cases of the virus, with Virginia reporting 1,011. Combined for the two states, 75 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.
  • Crowds continue to walk along the Ocean City boardwalk as condos and hotels allow reopening.

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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