WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - There are now at over 110,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has spread to every corner of the DMV.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:
- Number of cases: 9.016
- Deaths: 473
Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a stay-at-home order for District residents as the region grapples with the coronavirus crisis.
On Wednesday, she extended that order through June 8.
According to a statement from the mayor’s office, the order reinforces her direction to residents to stay at home except to perform essential activities.
Bowser announced on Tuesday, May 26, that for the first time in seven weeks, health officials recorded zero new deaths attributed to the virus.
All schools in D.C. will be closed through the remainder of the school year. Students will participate in distance learning in the meantime.
Officials said classes will also be closed early on May 29.
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 be in place until further notice.
Non-essential businesses include gyms, hair salons, theaters and door-to-door businesses.
- Number of cases: 54,982
- Deaths: 2,519
Governor Larry Hogan has issued a 'stay at home' directive for the state of Maryland.
Effective Friday, May 15, that order has been lifted at the state level, although many jurisdictions - including D.C.'s suburbs - are expected to maintain the current restrictions.
Montgomery County has announced that stay-at-home orders remain in effect until conditions improve, while Prince George's County announced that they will stay in place until June 1.
The order barred all non-essential travel, and permitted only travel that is "absolutely necessary."
Maryland schools are closed through the academic year amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“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 were closed as the state worked to combat the coronavirus. This week, the governor eased state guidelines on some of those restrictions, permitting some businesses to open at 50 percent capacity, and with specific health guidelines in place.
The businesses that will now be permitted to operate at a reduced capacity include barbershops and salons and restaurants.
- Number of cases: 46,905
- Deaths: 1,428
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home executive order for the state in March as the battle to stop the spread of the coronavirus began.
This week, the governor announced an easing of those restrictions for much of the state - although the most densely poplated counties in Northern Virginia will be permitted to open at a different pace. Their current COVID-19 data does not show the decline the rest of the state is registering.
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 in March.
He specified that "non-essential businesses" include restaurants, gyms, and racetracks. Restaurants are restricted to carryout only, he said.
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.
- Updated CDC guidance indicates that people should wear face coverings in public spaces. Both Maryland and D.C. have issued directives that residents should wear masks in a number of environments, including public transportation and retail outlets.
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
- Shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste of smell
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.
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