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Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Aug. 16

Here's what to know about the coronavirus data, resources and reopenings across the D.C. area

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Here's the latest on Aug. 17, 2020.

Counties across the area are working to address issues with social distancing.

Arlington County passed an emergency ordinance two weeks ago to prevent people from congregating in groups of three or more on sidewalks and in streets.

Prince William County is checking in on businesses to make sure they are following phase three reopening guidelines with inspections.


What the Data Shows

Virginia and Maryland have both surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases.

D.C. has over 13,000 cases, bringing the total for the region to over 215,000.

The map below shows the number of coronavirus cases diagnosed per 1,000 residents.

Coronavirus Cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia

COVID-19 cases by population in D.C. and by county in Maryland and Virginia

Source: DC, MD and VA Health Departments
Credit: Anisa Holmes / NBC Washington


Local Coronavirus Headlines

  • The monumental decision made by the Big Ten on Tuesday afternoon to postpone its fall football season was a blow to the hopes of coaches, players and fans in College Park. Read more.
  • Many Maryland students will start the school year entirely online as the coronavirus pandemic continues — but local PTAs must meet in person, the state PTA says. Read more.
  • The Fauquier County School Board voted Monday to switch to virtual-only instruction two weeks before students were expected to return to the classroom. Read more.
  • New research by Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., found racial disparities in how the coronavirus affects children. Read more.

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How to Stay Safe

There are ways to lower your risk of catching coronavirus. Here are guidelines from the CDC:

  • Anyone over the age of 2 should wear a mask or face covering. Keep it over your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often. When you do, scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. As a backup, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who lives outside your home. That means staying six feet away from anyone outside your circle, even if you're wearing masks.
  • Always cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Sophia Barnes, Andrea Swalec and Anisa Holmes contributed to this report

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