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
.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.
- There's been a spike in new cases nationally, but the DMV is bucking that trend. Here's why.
Tracking the Coronavirus
- New coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C. have declined down to where they were in the first few weeks of the pandemic.
- The doubling time for coronavirus cases in D.C. continues slowing, and has now reached nearly 230 days. D.C. coronavirus live updates
- The decline in new deaths from the coronavirus in Maryland has slowed to essentially nothing, although they remain at their lowest point since April.
- Maryland may be on a slight upward trend in new cases, although daily case numbers have now dropped to where they were in mid-April.
- Maryland is now reporting an average percent positivity below 5%. Maryland coronavirus live updates
- Somerset County now says it has tested nearly 20% of its population. It’s far and away the highest percentage of any county in Maryland.
- Coronavirus-related deaths have been on an upward trend in Virginia for the past 6 days. Three of the last 7 days have seen more than 20 deaths per day, which hasn’t happened since the end of May.
- Virginia’s new case trend has been on a slight upward trend as well over the past week. It’s been plateaued at around 500-530 new cases a day since June 15, which was 10 days after most of Virginia began Phase 2.
- Virginia has lost ground on its coronavirus doubling time, speeding back up from its slowest pace of 84 days to 76 days, as of Monday. Virginia coronavirus live updates
Sunday, June 28:
- Virginia is still on track to begin Phase 3 of reopening July 1, with 489 new cases reported and 8 new deaths. The testing positivity rate remains below 6% , continuing a steady trend in a plateau.
- In Maryland, 327 cases were reported with 12 additional deaths.
- The District is still seeing a declining trend in positive cases, still at 3%. Two additional deaths were reported today.
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: