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Coronavirus in the DMV: September 24

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues. Here are the updates for September 24.

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. reported 0 deaths from the coronavirus for the third day in a row Thursday.
  • The District's average number of cases per day is up slightly over where it was two weeks ago. 
  • Maryland health officials reported a statewide record low positivity rate of 2.57% on Thursday.
  • The positivity rate in people under 35 also dipped below 3.5% for the first time

Reopening the DMV

The latest in reopening news:

  • 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

September 24:

  • Prince George's County is not comfortable with moving to Phase 3 of reopening. In the next 2-3 weeks, they will look to health officials to see if they can move forward.
  • Prince George's County did not have a significant spike in cases after Labor Day, officials said. They are hopeful they can relax restrictions if they can control the cases.
  • The Maryland Superintendent approved for all state schools to safely begin fall high school sports starting Oct. 27.

September 23:

  • D.C. is now averaging 50 new coronavirus cases a day. Two weeks ago, D.C. was averaging 44 cases. 
  • D.C. once again reported no new deaths as a result of the virus.
  • Maryland reported 682 new coronavirus cases on Saturday. The state is now averaging just over 600 new cases of the virus a day. A 3% decrease from two weeks ago. 
  • Virginia continues to deal with a backlog of reported deaths, adding 41 on Saturday. 
  • Virginia's daily coronavirus case average is down slightly from where it was two weeks ago.

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