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Coronavirus in the DMV: October 1

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues. Here are updates for October 1.

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 the most important to help combat the spread of the virus.

This blog details the latest updates on the coronavirus 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.

Tracking the Coronavirus

  • D.C. has reported 26 cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the District's average number of cases per day to 39. That's the lowest average number of cases in D.C. since July.
  • Maryland is now averaging 489 cases per day. Two weeks ago, the state was averaging 616 cases per day. That's a 21% decrease.
  • Virginia's coronavirus case average is down 20% from where it was two weeks ago.

Reopening the DMV

The latest in reopening news:

  • D.C. has announced a new in-person learning program for students to get additional support. Here's what you need to know.
  • D.C. announced a pilot that will allow a limited number of venues to host live entertainment. Here are the details.
  • Maryland has entered the third and final stage of its reopening plan, with all businesses able to reopen. Details on what Phase 3 looks like here.
  • Montgomery County has adjusted some of its Phase 2 guidelines. More here
  • Prince George's County, Maryland, remains in Phase 2, but released additional reopenings. Here's a look.
  • Metro returns to a normal schedule with masks and social distancing still required. Here's the latest.

October 1:

  • Maryland is reporting no new deaths for the first time since March 28
  • D.C. is now averaging 36 cases of the coronavirus a day. Two weeks ago it was averaging 54 cases
  • Virginia is now averaging 16 deaths from the coronavirus a day.
  • Indoor visitation can begin immediately at Maryland nursing homes that are not seeing a current coronavirus outbreak and have not had any new cases of the virus in the past two weeks

Previous Updates

September 29:

  • DC is now averaging 39 coronavirus cases a day, down slightly from 42 cases two weeks ago
  • Wards 4 and 5 are reporting the most cases in the District as of Tuesday
  • Health officials in DC have reportedly conducted more than 386,000 coronavirus tests
  • Maryland's coronavirus average is down 16% from where it was two weeks ago.
  • Health officials say 1,485,999 Marylanders have tested negative for coronavirus as of Tuesday
  • Virginia reported an additional 923 coronavirus cases Tuesday 
  • Despite the increase in new coronavirus cases, Virginia's average number of cases is down to 786 cases a day. Two weeks ago, the commonwealth was averaging 1015 case. That's a 23% decrease.

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:

D.C. Coronavirus Surveillance Data

Virginia Department of Health

Maryland Department of Health

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