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Coronavirus in the DMV: May 5

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues to grow. Here are the updates for May 5.

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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Tuesday, May 5:

  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the District is not ready for phase 1 of its reopening plan just yet.

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  • Data shows that both D.C.and Maryland are reporting their highest 7-day average of new cases since the outbreak began, with Maryland averaging more than 1,000 new cases a day
  • While 14 U.S. Capitol Police personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 since late-March, nine of them have fully recovered and have returned to work, or have been cleared to return to work.
  • Maryland reports 709 additional positive cases of coronavirus in the state and 74 additional deaths. A total of 1,290 people have died as a result of the virus in Maryland, where there are 27,117 cases total.
  • D.C. health officials report 152 new coronavirus cases and 6 additional deaths. The DIstrict now reports 5,322 total cases and 264 lives lost. D.C.'s Ward 4 is reporting more than 1,000 cases.
  • While cases in Virginia continue to rise, there are four jurisdictions in the state reporting no cases: Bath, Bland and Dickenson counties, and Covington City. 
  • Virginia health officials report 764 new positive cases of coronavirus and 29 additional deaths as a result of the virus. In total, Virginia now reports 20,256 positive cases and 713 deaths. Gov. Ralph Northam plans to begin reopening the state on May 15.

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Monday, May 4:

  • Governor Ralph Northam said in Monday's news conference that Virginia could start to see Phase 1 of reopening as early as next week, May 15.
  • DC Bar Exam canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Ocean City officials plan to reopen beach access, including its popular Boardwalk area. 

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  • D.C. just provided numbers that show 72 COVID-19 coronavirus deaths that are connected to residents and staff at long-term care facilities.
  • Northam extended his executive order closing nonessential businesses and restricting social gatherings through May 14.
  • Virginia Health Department officials said that testing has been increasing significantly over the past two weeks. Commonwealth officials expect the number of hospitalized patients to continue increasing
  • Virginia announced that they have paused efforts to produce additional hospital surge capacity; believing that they have enough.
  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said data shows Hispanics and African Americans are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus in the District.
  • Chairman Phil Mendelson announced several emergency legislation under the Public Health Emergency that will appear before the D.C. Council on Tuesday.
  • D.C.'s average daily case numbers have jumped to 154 new cases, the highest point yet. There are now 5,170 positive cases reported in D.C. with 258 people dead.

Read previous updates here.

Updates on coronavirus cases come from health departments between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. every day.  

Key Facts

  • Criteria for Phase One of reopening is 14-day decline in number of cases. You can see how many cases have been reported each day below.
  • events with more than 10 people remain banned. 
  • D.C.-Baltimore area recognized as "emerging hot spot" 
  • D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are under States of Emergency
  • D.C., Maryland and Virginia remain under stay-at-home orders
  • Face masks required for shoppers on essential trips in D.C. and Maryland
  • Restaurants are carry-out, drive-through or delivery only
  • Teleworking for non-essential D.C. government workers is extended in the District until May 15
  • Public schools in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are closed. 
  • Maryland, Virginia and D.C. have ordered all non-essential businesses to close
  • Maryland and Virginia primaries delayed
  • The first case was discovered on March 5

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:

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