The number of cases of the novel coronavirus have surged beyond 1,600 in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Local news outlets are coming together to spread a positive message of unity and the importance of journalism amid the coronavirus pandemic. The novel coronavirus pandemic has spread to every corner of the DMV. This is a list of the toll COVID-19 is taking on the District, Maryland, and Virginia. Overnight, the number of cases in Virginia jumped from 460 to 604.
Meanwhile, Maryland’s total has doubled over the course of three days, and now sits at 774.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:
- Number of cases: 267
- Deaths: 3
All schools in D.C. will be closed through April 24. Students will participate in distance learning in the meantime.
Officials said classes will resume on Monday, April 27.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order to temporarily close all non-essential businesses in the District in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The order also prohibits the gathering of groups of 10 or more people.
The order will in place until April 24.
Non-essential businesses include gyms, hair salons, theaters and door-to-door businesses.
- Number of cases: 774
- Deaths: 6
Maryland schools will remain closed through April 24 amid the coronavirus outbreak which has now left four in the state dead and over 400 with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
“We did not make this decision lightly,” Superintendent Karen Salmon said, “however, with the challenges facing our state and our country we have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our school communities and the communities at large.” Salmon says she is continuing to work with school leaders to provide continuity of learning lessons to all students which will resume next week.
“While it is too early to definitively say exactly when schools will reopen, we will continue to reassess the situation as we move forward,” she said.
All non-essential businesses in Maryland are closed as the state works to combat the coronavirus. Gov. Hogan thanked residents who are respecting state guidelines regarding the crisis, but noted that “unfortunately, many people are not taking it seriously.”
Hogan noted that he is not issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order, but the state will take aggressive measures to enforce the measures being taken to slow the virus’ spread.
- Number of cases: 604
- Deaths: 16
According to the health department, as of March 27, seven of the state’s patients are under the age of 9, while nine patients are between the ages of 10 and 19.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered that schools in the state remain closed for the rest of the year while the state deals with the coronavirus outbreak.
School districts across the Commonwealth are moving ahead with their plans for distance learning. Northam said they are working on waivers for testing requirements and to ensure students who were on track to graduate can do so.
Existing childcare providers can continue to operate, and must prioritize services to children of people with essential jobs.
Gov. Northam also ordered that all non-essential businesses close for the foreseeable future and that schools in the state remain closed for the rest of the year while the state deals with the coronavirus outbreak. He specified that “non-essential businesses” include restaurants, gyms, and racetracks. Restaurants will be restricted to carryout only, he said.
These restrictions are in place for the next 30 days.
Protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus:
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Symptoms for the COVID-19 virus could appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure, according the CDC.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and a fever, to severe and even fatal respiratory distress.
- Shortness of breath
Who is most at risk?
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness, health officials report. Why so many older individuals have died because of the coronavirus, though, could be attributed to pre-existing medical conditions.
The WHO states that individuals with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease “appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.” Generally speaking, as a person lives longer, they will develop more health and medical conditions than those who are younger.