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 still important, but our counties and communities have begun to reopen.
This blog details the latest updates on our Road to Recovery 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.
Reopening the DMV
D.C. is now in Phase II of reopening - the last part of our region to get there.
On Friday, Montgomery County became the final part of Maryland to begin Phase II of reopening.
The latest in reopening news:
- Virginia will move to Phase 3 July 1. More details about Phase III in Virginia here.
- D.C. is now in Phase II of reopening. It means restaurants and non-essential retail can open indoors at 50% capacity and gyms and yoga studios can reopen with restrictions. Full details on what Phase II means in D.C. here.
- D.C. Metro plans to reopen some stops starting June 29. Here's what you need to know.
- All of Maryland is now in Phase II, and the state's largest casino, MGM National Harbor, plans to reopen June 29.
- Amusement parks have begun declaring opening dates. Click here for more on those.
Tracking the Coronavirus
Saturday, June 27:
- 1031 new tests were reported in the District, with DC's positivity rate at 3%. It's the fourth day in a row that the positivity rate has been below 10%, a key metric in continuing reopening.
- In Maryland, a decline of cases is still occurring and has been since June 3. The state reports 15 new deaths, bringing the total to 3,030.
- Virginia, which is set to head to Phase 3 by July 1, reports 677 new cases of the virus. Test positivity rate remains steady at 5.8%
Friday, June 26:
- The DMV bucks the national trend. Cases per day in the U.S. have been rising since June 9.
- Maryland has been on a decline since June 3rd
- Virginia has declined since May 31, with one spike on June 7, and a plateau beginning June 14th, but not a rise in cases
- D.C. has been on a decline since May 6th
- Maryland announces the state's test positivity rate has dropped to 4.92%, with hospitalizations -- one of the state's key reopening metrics -- under 500 for the first time in 12 weeks.
- Phase 3 of reopening Virginia is still on track to start next Wednesday, July 1. The state announces 624 new cases of the virus, but the positivity rate of all cases dipped from 6% to 5.8%, a key sign in reopening.
- In the District, an additional 26 cases of the virus were reported, bringing the total cases to 10,185. DC entered Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, lifting a number of restrictions on businesses and residents.
Thursday, June 25:
- Following the news that more than 3,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement. He said in part, “Now more than ever, as we begin to come into contact with more people, we must all continue to remain vigilant. Our health and economic recovery depends on all of us continuing to exercise personal responsibility in order to keep ourselves, our family members, our neighbors, and our coworkers safe"
- In a press conference, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt warned residents that while the District is seeing low case numbers lately, data shows that D.C. still has moderate community spread. Both the mayor and health officials warned those planning for the 4th of July to "choose your activities wisely."
- D.C. reported 32 additional cases of coronavirus and 2 additional deaths.
- Maryland reported 440 new cases of coronavirus and 15 additional deaths, bringing the states total number of deaths due to coronavirus to 3,001.
- Virginia reported an additional 432 coronavirus cases and 14 additional deaths.
Wednesday, June 24:
- D.C. reports an additional 34 cases of coronavirus and four additional deaths. That brings the District's total to 10,128 cases and 541 lives lost.
- Maryland saw an increase of 330 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths, with a statewide positivity rate of 5.17%. Prince George's County remains the county with the most cases in the state, topping 18,000.
- Virginia health officials reported 520 new coronavirus cases and 16 additional deaths.
Tuesday, June 23:
- Gov. Ralph Northam said all of Virginia can move to Phase 3 on July 1.
- D.C. reported 36 additional cases of the coronavirus and two additional lives lost as a result of the virus. In total, D.C. reports 10,094 cases and 537 deaths.
- Maryland health officials report 404 additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the state's total above 65,000.
- Virginia health officials reported 529 additional coronavirus cases in the commonwealth, bringing the total number of cases to 58,994.
Monday, June 22:
- DC reports an additional 38 cases on the start of Phase 2 of reopening, bringing the total number of cases to 10,058.
- Maryland has seen an increase in 297 cases and an average of 5.03% in testing positivity.
- Virginia reports 471 new cases as it's nearing 60,000 confirmed cases in the state.
Sunday, June 21:
- The District reports 36 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 10,020.
- The Maryland Department of Health estimates confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 now exceed 2900 people.
Saturday, June 20:
- An average test positivity of less than 5.5% continues in Maryland for newly reported coronavirus, signaling a downward trend.
- The DMV reports a combined total of 992 new cases of the virus.
- As of Saturday, the percentage of positive new tests in Virginia fell down to 7%.
- The District's total number of positive cases is now 9,984, with DC health saying death numbers have continued to plateau around 4-5 a week.
Friday, June 19:
On Friday, DC Health says the District has seen 15 consecutive days of decline in community spread of the virus – which is what it needs to begin Phase II of reopening.
- Maryland is now reporting an average percent positivity of less than 5.5% for newly reported coronavirus tests.
- More than 10,000 Marylanders have now been hospitalized due to the virus, although only 648 remain in the hospital.
- The Maryland Department of Health estimates confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 now exceed 3,000 people.
- As of Friday, more than 1,600 Virginians have now died from the coronavirus.
- Virginia says it has now conducted more than 500,000 coronavirus tests, and is reporting an average percent positivity of 7.1%.
Thursday, June 18:
On Thursday, the DMV reached a combined 5,000 reported deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. More than 130,000 people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have now contracted the virus.
- In D.C., daily death numbers have been plateaued at around 4-5 for a week now.
- DC Health says the District has seen 14 consecutive days of decline in community spread of the virus.
- Maryland has been on a declining trend in daily cases for 13 days now.
- The state has also seen a declining trend in daily deaths for 20 days.
- Montgomery County now reports more than 700 people have likely died as a result of contracting COVID-19.
- Virginia reported just 3 new deaths on Thursday – the lowest daily number since April 6.
- After 16 days of decline, Virginia’s daily case numbers have been flat for three days.
Wednesday, June 17:
Across the DMV, testing numbers continued improving Wednesday, with Maryland and Virginia reporting their lowest percent positivities to date.
- DC’s Ward 4 now has more than 2,000 residents who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus – the most in the city. Ward 5 ranks second, with just under 1,500 cases.
- More than 700 people in Montgomery County have now died from the coronavirus.
- Maryland on Wednesday reported its second-highest daily number of tests, with 15,594 new results. Less than 6% were reported as positive, which is a new record low.
- Virginia says nearly 500,000 tests have now been given, and its average percent positivity has declined to 7.3%.
- Fairfax County, which has the most cases in Virginia, has reported less than 100 new cases a day for nine days straight.
Tuesday, June 16:
On Tuesday, D.C., Maryland and Virginia reported a combined 12 new deaths from the coronavirus – the lowest number in months. All three states are still continuing weeks-long downward trends in new cases.
- DC reported just 19 new cases today – the lowest daily number since March 22.
- The doubling time for coronavirus cases in D.C. is now nearly 150 days – four times slower than it was just a month ago.
- Maryland reported 34 new deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday – it’s highest single-day death count in 10 days.
- The state also says more than 10,000 people have now had to be hospitalized because of the virus, including more than 450 acute care patients and nearly 300 ICU patients.
- The doubling time for coronavirus cases in Maryland has slowed by more than 30% over the past three days.
- Virginia’s doubling time for coronavirus cases has plateaued over the past several days around the 70-days mark.
- After three days of single-digit death counts, Virginia reported 18 new deaths on Tuesday – its highest count in nearly a week.
Monday, June 15:
On Monday, D.C., Maryland and Virginia reported a combined 12 new deaths from the coronavirus – the lowest number in months. All three states are still continuing weeks-long downward trends in new cases.
- In D.C., the city reported 0 new deaths on Monday. That's the first time the District has reported no new deaths since May 26.
- Maryland reported 331 new cases – the lowest number since April 7. It also reported the lowest number of new deaths in a day since March.
- Maryland is now reporting around 8,000 new tests a day, with an average percent positivity of less than 7%.
- Prince George's County has now reported more than 17,000 cases and nearly 650 deaths from the coronavirus. Montgomery County has now seen more than 13,500 cases and is just six deaths away from 700 total.
- Virginia has now been on a downward trend in new cases two weeks straight.
- As of Monday, the commonwealth had reported three consecutive days of single-digit deaths for the first time since the end of March.
Friday, June 12:
On Friday, Northern Virginia joined the rest of the commonwealth in Phase II of reopening. At a press conference, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the commonwealth wasn't seeing a spike in new cases like other states that have begun reopening have.
As of Friday, the doubling time for coronavirus cases – the time it takes for the total number of cases to double – for D.C., Maryland and Virginia was now more than two months. In D.C., it had broken the 100-day mark.
- The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the District has been on a steady decline since a peak of 477 patients on April 28.
- In Maryland, the number of tests conducted daily has been on a downward trend since June 2, but so has percent positivity, which was below 7% on average for the past week, as of Friday.
- Both total hospital bed use and acute bed use have been on steady downward trends in the state since May 27.
- Virginia has now been on a downward trend in new cases for 12 days.
- Since its daily testing peak on June 2 – when 11,628 tests were reported – the commonwealth has been on a downward trend in daily tests. However, percent positivity has also declined to 7.3%.
Thursday, June 11:
In D.C., more than 500 District residents have now died from the virus. After a long period of decline, the city's trend for coronavirus deaths has increased slightly over the past 4 days.
- More than 60,000 Marylanders have now contracted the virus in the state.
- Also Thursday, the Maryland Department of Health now says fewer than 1,000 people are currently hospitalized in the state due to COVID-19.
- As of Thursday, Virginia has reported a downward trend for 11 consecutive days – its longest period of sustained decline since the pandemic began.
- The commonwealth says more than 400,000 Virginians have now been tested for the virus.
Outside the DMV:
- This is the 10th-straight weekly decline in applications for jobless aid since they peaked in mid-March when the coronavirus hit the United States.
- The first experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. is on track to begin a huge study next month.
Wednesday, June 10:
- More than 15,000 people across the DMV have now been hospitalized due to the coronavirus.
- After more than a month of decline in deaths, D.C. has been on a slight upward trend for the past three days. The daily numbers remain far below where they were in early and mid-May, however.
- On Wednesday, DC Health reported 63 new cases and 4 new deaths, bringing the city's totals to 9,537 and 499, respectively.
- Maryland has now been on a downward trend in new cases for a week.
- Maryland is now ranked 10th among states for total number of cases of COVID-19.
- On Wednesday, Maryland reported 561 new cases and 33 new deaths, bringing the state's totals to 59,465 and 2,719, respectively.
- More than 1,500 people in Virginia have now died from the coronavirus.
- Virginia has now been on an 11-day downward trend.
- Virginia is now ranked 11th among states for total number of cases of COVID-19.
- On Wednesday, Virginia reported 439 new cases and 18 new deaths, bringing the commonwealth's totals to 52,177 and 1,514, respectively.
Tuesday, June 9:
- D.C. has been on a month-long downward trend, and its 7-day average has now declined to where it was at the beginning of April.
- Several members of D.C. National Guard have tested positive for the coronavirus after they were deployed to protests in D.C.
- On Tuesday, DC Health reported 85 new cases and 4 new deaths, bringing the city's totals to 9,474 and 495, respectively.
- Maryland now reporting fewer than 1,000 people currently hospitalized from the coronavirus.
- Maryland also reporting a 7.15% positivity rate for new coronavirus tests – well below the 10% goalpost.
- Maryland has been on a downward trend since June 3.
- On Tuesday, Maryland reported 500 new cases and 33 new deaths, bringing the state's total to 58,904 and 2,686, respectively.
- Virginia has broken the 50,000-cases mark.
- Nearly 1,500 people have now died in the commonwealth from the virus.
- Virginia has now been on a downward trend for 9 consecutive days, and its 7-day average has declined to where it was on May 10.
- On Tuesday, Virginia reported 487 new cases and 19 new deaths, bringing the commonwealth's total to 51,738 and 1,496, respectively.
Monday, June 8:
- DC health officials report an additional 57 cases of coronavirus and two additional deaths as a result of the virus. In total, DC reports 9,389 coronavirus cases and 491 deaths.
- Health officials are urging those protesting the death of George Floyd across the country to get tested for COVID-19
- Maryland reports 431 new cases of coronavirus in the state and 28 additional deaths.
- Health officials in Virginia report 390 new cases of coronavirus and 5 additional deaths in the commonwealth.
Sunday, June 7:
- DC announces 9,332 total cases of the virus as protests and crowds grow downtown. There are now 489 deaths from the virus in DC so far.
- Maryland now has 57,973 cases of coronavirus, with 1003 currently hospitalized and 2,626 confirmed deaths.
- There are 50,861 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Virginia. 5,106 are still hospitalized and there are now 1,472 deaths from the virus.
Saturday, June 6:
- DC announces 9,269 total cases of the virus as protests and crowds grow downtown. There are now 483 deaths from the virus in DC so far.
- Maryland now has 57,482 cases of coronavirus, with 1,059 currently hospitalized and 2,616 confirmed deaths.
- Confirmed cases in Virginia rises by 865, bringing the total number to 49,397 cases in the commonwealth.
Friday, June 5:
- The District will begin offering free walk-up coronavirus testing at firehouses from 4-8 p.m.
- MPD reported that Officer Keith Williams, a 30-year veteran of the force, died Thursday of a suspected coronavirus-related illness.
- The trend for new cases has mostly been flat since reopening began.
- On Friday, the District reported 79 new cases of the coronavirus and 0 new deaths, bringing its totals to 9,199 and 475, respectively.
- Maryland continues to see a flat trend in new coronavirus cases, along with a gradual decline in coronavirus deaths.
- Despite this decline, Maryland is still averaging more than 30 new deaths a day from the coronavirus.
- On Friday, Maryland reported 912 new coronavirus cases and 34 new deaths, bringing its totals to 56,770 and 2,580, respectively.
- Virginia’s 7-day average for new cases has now been declining for six days straight. That’s the longest sustained decline since the pandemic began.
- Virginia’s 7-day average for coronavirus deaths has dropped precipitously over the past 11 days. It’s now down to where it was in mid-April.
- On Friday, the commonwealth reported 676 new cases and 8 new deaths, bringing its totals to 48,532 and 1,453, respectively.
Thursday, June 4:
- D.C. begins free COVID-19 testing at fire stations, Mayor Bowser announced.
- D.C.'s 7-day average for new cases has flattened a bit over the past week, but remains below where it was when reopening began.
- Deaths are now down to 2-3 a day, on average. That’s compared to one month ago, when the city was reporting 10 new deaths a day.
- On Thursday, the District reported 104 new cases and 2 new deaths, bringing the city's totals to 9,120 and 475, respectively.
- Maryland continues to see a flat trend in new coronavirus cases, along with a gradual decline in coronavirus deaths.
- Today the state reported a percent positivity for new coronavirus tests of less than 9%. Nearly 400,000 people have now been tested for coronavirus in the state.
- On Thursday, Maryland reported 876 new cases and 27 new deaths, bringing the state's totals to 55,858 and 2,546, respectively.
- Virginia’s 7-day average for new cases has now been declining for five days straight. That’s the longest sustained decline since the pandemic began.
- Virginia’s 7-day average for coronavirus deaths has dropped precipitously over the past 10 days. It’s now down to where it was in mid-April.
- On Thursday, Virginia reported 951 new cases and 17 new deaths, bringing the commonwealth's totals to 47,856 and 1,445, respectively.
Wednesday, June 3:
- D.C. reported just 1 new coronavirus death. That’s the lowest daily number since April 5.
- The District has now had more than 9,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
- D.C.'s 7-day average for new cases has now declined to where it was in early April.
- D.C.'s 7-day average for percent positivity in coronavirus tests is now under 10%.
- D.C. Health reported 130 new cases and 1 new death on Wednesday, bringing its totals to 9,016 and 473, respectively.
- Maryland reported its second-highest day of testing today, and also a 9.49% positivity – the first time the state has fallen below the 10% national goalpost laid out by Dr. Deborah Birx.
- Deaths remain on a downward trend since May 1, but have been flat for about the past two weeks.
- The 7-day moving average for new cases remains more or less flat overall since reopening began.
- Maryland reported 807 new cases and 45 new deaths, bringing its totals to 54,982 and 2,519, respectively.
- Virginia’s 7-day average for new cases has declined for three days straight – the longest sustained decline since early May.
- The 7-day average for coronavirus deaths in the commonwealth has been on a serious decline for a week straight now.
- Virginia’s 7-day average percent positivity has declined to 9.89% -- the first time it has dropped below 10% since the pandemic began in March.
- The commonwealth reported 951 new cases and 21 new deaths today, bringing its totals to 46,905 and 1,428, respectively.
Tuesday, June 2:
- Most of Virginia will move into Phase 2 on Friday, but Northern Virginia and the City of Richmond will remain in Phase 1.
- D.C. reported the lowest number of new daily cases since March 23 (caveat: unknown how protests may have affected number of people getting tested over past few days).
- D.C. is now average 4-5 deaths a day from the coronavirus – just a 1/3 of what it was a month ago.
- D.C.’s coronavirus doubling time – the time it takes for the total number of cases to double – is now more than 60 days.
- The District reported 29 new cases and two new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the city's total to 8,886 and 472, respectively.
- Maryland still averaging around 900 new cases a day, where it’s been for more than a week.
- Deaths in Maryland from COVID-19 remain on a very slight downward trend, but have been averaging about 40 new reports a day for a month now.
- The trend for new cases has essentially been flat since reopening began.
- Maryland reported 848 new cases and 43 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 54,175 and 2,474, respectively.
- After a week averaging more than 1,000 new cases a day, Virginia’s 7-day average dropped below the 1,000 mark on Tuesday.
- Virginia’s 7-day average for new cases has trended downward for three days straight, but is still above where it was when reopening began.
- The 7-day average for daily deaths has declined for five days straight after nearly two weeks of steep increases.
- Virginia reported 841 new cases and 15 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the commonwealth's total to 46,239 and 1,407, respectively.
Monday, June 1:
- Has now been on a downward trend in new cases since May 6.
- The 7-day average for the percentage of tests coming back positive has dropped to 11% (10% is the national baseline laid out by Dr. Deborah Birx.)
- Five wards now have more than 1,000 cases each (1, 4, 5, 7, 8).
- On Monday, DC Health reported 84 new cases and 4 new deaths, bringing the pandemic's total to 8,885 cases and 470 deaths in the District.
- The 7-day moving average for new cases is almost 100 daily cases lower than where it was on May 1.
- Deaths continue their downward trend since April 30.
- The percentage of tests combing back positive has been on a steep decline since May 11, when it was at 20%. It’s now just under 11%.
- On Monday, Maryland reported 549 new cases and 21 new deaths, bringing the state's total to 53,327 cases and 2,431 deaths.
- Virginia’s percent positivity has also declined to 11%, and it has now reported reaching its daily testing goal of 10,000 tests on five days, including three of the past five.
- Since the 29th, Virginia has seen a four-day decline in daily deaths, following nearly two weeks of increase.
- Virginia’s 7-day moving average for new daily cases hit a new peak yesterday, but declined slightly today.
- On Monday, Virginia reported 1,132 new cases and 17 new deaths, bringing the commonwealth's total to 42,533 cases and 1,392 deaths.
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.
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