WASHINGTON — The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading across the DMV, leading to unprecedented changes to our everyday life to reduce the disease.
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Wednesday, May 20:
- Loudoun County and DC Public Schools discuss plans for sending students back to school as early as August
- Fairfax County cancels summer camps
- Business owners in Charles County protest delayed reopening
- Maryland State Department of Education developed plan to continue and expand child care during COVID-19 pandemic
- 23 pediatric cases of a rare but potentially deadly inflammatory disease recently linked to coronavirus reported at DC hospital
- Maryland reports an additional 777 positive cases of coronavirus and 41 additional deaths. Maryland now reports more than 2,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the state.
- Montgomery County officials say they are still not ready to reopen the county just yet, citing a need for a continued downward trend in hospitalizations and increased ICU capacity before finalizing opening plans.
- D.C. health officials report an additional 117 new cases of coronavirus in the District. An additional 7 people have died as a result of the virus.
- Virginia health officials report 763 new coronavirus cases and 33 additional deaths due to coronavirus in the commonwealth.
Tuesday, May 19:
- Fairfax County parks will reopen for limited use in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines for Memorial Day weekend. Playgrounds, restrooms, dog parks, volleyball/basketball courts and athletic fields will remain closed and water fountains will be turned off.
- Arlington County Board accepted and appropriated a $20.66 million federal grant to support programs and services affected by the pandemic.
- DC allows certain non-essential businesses to reopen for curbside pickup wth a waiver
- The 95th annual Chincoteague Pony Swim has been canceled due to coronavirus.
- Maryland health officials report 1,784 new cases of coronavirus in the state and 60 additional deaths.
- 400 people have died from the coronavirus in D.C. Health officials report 8 new deaths as a result of the virus, and 164 new cases.
- Virginia reports 1,005 new coronavirus cases in the commonwealth, and 27 additional deaths as a result of the virus.
Updates on coronavirus cases come from health departments between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. every day.
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: