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
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.
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%
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: