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Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on August 9

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

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Some residents in Prince George's County said they were denied when they tried to get a second coronavirus test.

A sign reading "No Retest" was seen at a testing sight Saturday in Chillum. County officials said the sign was being removed and that all Prince Georgians should get a test if "they are symptomatic, have a known or suspected exposure to a positive case, or are part of a County contact tracing case investigation."

This comes as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan reported a new low for the state's positivity rate and for several counties including Prince George's. The state recorded a 3.75% positivity rate and the county had 5.53%.

The Virginia Department of Health said a technical issue resulted in cases that should have been reported on Wednesday and Thursday being reported on Friday.

However, even averaged out over the past week, the rush of new cases indicates Virginia may still be in that surge.

Data from Maryland and D.C. support the idea that the uptick in those areas is subsiding for now. And Maryland's proportion of positive cases fell below 4% for the first time.

Disagreements are bubbling between leaders in Maryland's suburbs and the governor's office over two key fall events: elections and back-to-school.

Gov. Larry Hogan wants all voting centers in Maryland to open for November's election after long lines and delays during the primaries.

Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks sharply criticized the Governor's plan and accused him of putting "politics above health and safety. She's proposing several things including opening just 15 polling places in the county on Election Day and expanded early voting.

The state board of elections voted Friday to limit the number of polling places.

Montgomery County's school board affirmed a plan to have public schools conduct the first semester of classes online. There was a struggle between the county and the state as to whether private schools could hold in-person classes.

Health Officer Travis Gayles on Wednesday reissued an order requiring nonpublic schools to stay closed through Oct. 1.


What the Data Shows

D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each making progress on reducing the number of new cases added each day on average. But levels are still significantly higher than they were one month ago.

Virginia reported 841 new cases Sunday.

More than 1 million Marylanders have been tested for coronavirus, the governor said Friday. As testing ramps up, fewer cases in the state are coming back indicating an infection, Hogan said.

The state reached a new record low for the daily positivity rate at 2.75%.

D.C. saw the highest recorded jump since July 21 with 100 cases news cases Sunday.

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

  • New research by Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., found racial disparities in how the coronavirus affects children. Read more.
  • Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. Read more.
  • A group of frontline employees and union leaders at the Washington DC VA Medical Center said the agency is not ensuring workers potentially exposed to COVID-19 are given work leave to prevent the further spread of the virus. Read more.
  • Several parents are suing for the right to send their children to private school in person in Montgomery County, Maryland. Read more.
  • A new study from the University of Virginia estimates that very few Virginians have COVID-19 antibodies. Read more.
  • Some dealers at MGM National Harbor say between positive coronavirus cases and quarantines, the casino is losing employees. Read more.
  • Anyone who recently attended services at one Catholic church in D.C. is being advised to self-quarantine after the pastor, who criticized coronavirus-related restrictions, tested positive for the virus. Read more.
  • American Airlines says a flight out of Virginia was delayed after a passenger refused to comply with its policy requiring a face mask. 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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