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Coronavirus in the DMV: October 16

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues. Here are the updates for October 16.

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

  • In D.C., the city’s daily coronavirus case rate per 100,000 people declined on Wednesday – the most recent date available – for the first time in two weeks. At least some of that increase is likely attributable to the surge in testing D.C. saw after White House staffers began testing positive at the beginning of this month.
  • Maryland’s D.C. metro counties have seen an upward trend in coronavirus cases again during October. Since September 30, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County have seen their daily coronavirus averages grow by 25% and 6%, respectively.
  • As of Friday, Virginia was averaging 42% more new cases of the coronavirus a day than it was two weeks ago. The commonwealth had reported an average of more than 1,000 new cases each day over the past five days.
  • Virginia also hit an all-time testing high this week. As of Monday – the most recent date available – the commonwealth was averaging more than 18,600 coronavirus tests a day. That’s more than 2,000 more tests a day than Virginia was averaging a month ago.

Reopening the DMV

The latest in reopening news:

  • County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced some youth sports registration would reopen to children in the county.
  • Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks advises against trick-or-treating this Halloween, per CDC guidelines. Haunted houses will also not be allowed in the county this year.
  • Prince George's County health authorities are also cautioning against "trunk or treat" events that draw people to parking lots where candy is given from trunks of cars – suggesting that residents participate in organized drive-thru alternatives.
  • Mayor Bowser extends D.C.'s public health emergency order until Dec. 31, 2020. Read the full order here.
  • D.C. Public Schools announces that a limited number of DCPS students can return to in-person learning starting in November. Read the detailed plan here.
  • DC health released its latest list of high-risk states.
  • 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.

Previous Updates

October 15:

  • As of October 11, the most recent date available, DC Health reports that 11% of new cases in the city are coming from quarantined contacts. Those are people who have already been identified as having been in close contact with a positive case. That’s the city’s highest point yet for this metric – although still well below the 60% goal.
  • In Maryland, the average percent positivity for people under the age of 35 has been on a downward trend since early September, when it reached as high as 5.2%. As of Wednesday, that number had dropped to 3.4% -- just .5% off from the average for Marylanders above 35.
  • The percentage of cases represented by people under 30 in Maryland has also been on the decline. As of Wednesday, 36% of new cases in the state were in patients under 30 – a significant drop from mid-September, when that age group represented nearly half of all new cases in the state.
  • In late September, the number of coronavirus patients in ICU beds in Virginia had dropped below 200 for the first time since the state entered Phase 2. Since then, however, that number has begun to rise again. As of Thursday, 220 COVID-19 patients were occupying ICU beds in the state and more than 100 were on ventilators.

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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