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Coronavirus in the DMV: May 13

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues to grow. Here are the updates for May 13.

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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Wednesday, May 13:

  • Maryland will lift its stay-at-home order on May 15 at 5 p.m. Montgomery and Prince George's have made it clear they're not ready to move into Stage 1 of recovery when the rest of the state does. 
  • D.C. health officials have extended stay-at-home orders in the District until June 8.
  • The District's doubling time -- the time it takes for total cases to double -- has slowed to more than a month for the first time since the pandemic began.
  • Also in D.C., the seven-day average for daily new cases has been on a downward trend for four days.
  • In Maryland, new case numbers have been below the weekly average for the past three days.
  • Meanwhile in Virginia, which begins partial reopening on Friday, new cases have been trending upward for three days. Northern Virginia won't begin reopening on May 15.
  • On Wednesday, the DMV reported the following new case counts:
    • DC: 99 new cases, bringing the total to 6,584 -- 350 people have now died of COVID-19 in the District.
    • Maryland: 751 new cases, bringing the total to 34,812 -- 1,643 people have now died in Maryland from COVID-19.
    • Virginia: 946 new cases, bringing the total to 26,746 -- 937 people have now died of COVID-19 in the commonwealth.

Tuesday, May 12:

  • Northern Virginia can delay reopening until May 29, according to a new executive order signed by Gov. Ralph Northam.
  • The seven-day average for D.C.'s daily cases continues on a downward trend, with the District now reporting 6,584 confirmed cases of COVID-19. A total of 250 people have died.

RELATED: Northern Virginia can delay reopening until May 29

  • Metro announces a requirement to wear face masks when using bus or rail. 
  • The DMV as a whole reported its lowest number of daily new cases since April 29.
  • Also, DMV cases as a whole grew by only 2 percent today -- the lowest daily growth rate since the pandemic began.
  • D.C. and Maryland's doubling time -- the number of days it requires total cases to double -- has also hit its slowest pace yet: 25 days for D.C.; and 23 days for Maryland.
  • D.C.’s daily cases have dropped for four days straight, and its seven-day average is also on a downward trend.
  • In Maryland, the state reported 70 new deaths on Tuesday -- its highest single-day count from the virus.

RELATED: Maryland reports nearly 30% more deaths in March than normal

  • D.C. is now reporting 6,485 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 335 deaths.
  • Maryland is reporting 34,061 cases and 1,643 deaths.
  • Virginia is reporting 25,800 cases and 730 deaths.

Read previous updates here.

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

Key Facts

  • Criteria for Phase One of reopening is 14-day decline in number of cases. 
  • Events with more than 10 people remain banned. 
  • D.C.-Baltimore area recognized as "emerging hot spot" 
  • D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are under States of Emergency
  • D.C., Maryland and Virginia remain under stay-at-home orders
  • Face masks required for shoppers on essential trips 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 June 8.
  • Schools in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are closed. 
  • Maryland, Virginia and D.C. have ordered all non-essential businesses to close
  • Maryland and Virginia primaries delayed

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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