LARGO, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has extended the county's stay at home order through June 1.
"We are very much still in the thick of this virus," Alsobrooks said at a press conference on Thursday. The county executive said Prince George's is averaging nine deaths per day from COVID-19. Over 10,000 in the county have tested positive for COVID-19 and nearly 400 have died from the virus.
Alsobrooks said the county has not seen the steady decline in cases needed to enter phase one of reopening along with the rest of Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday that the state as a whole will begin the reopening process on Friday – but individual jurisdictions, such as the suburban counties surrounding D.C., will be granted flexibility for emerging from under the restrictions put in place to stall the spread of the virus.
The coronavirus is now the leading cause of death in Prince George's County, Alsobrooks said at the press conference. She also said the county has the highest positivity rate in Maryland where one in three test positive compared to the state average of one in five.
Alsobrooks said they have increased the number of intensive care unit beds in county hospitals.
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.