Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Jan. 10

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

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and their staffs were told Sunday to get tested for COVID-19 because of potential exposure Wednesday while they hid from rioters who surged into the Capitol. Members of Congress and their staffs were advised to wear face masks, observe social distance and check themselves for any symptoms.

The amount of vaccine doses distributed varies depending on where you live in Maryland. News 4's Chris Gordon talks with local leaders about the scare supply.

Vaccination Portals by County

As vaccinations in our region ramp up, here's a look at local portals residents can use to sign up for vaccination appointments or sign up to receive alerts.

To get a better idea of when you'll be eligible to receive a vaccine, use our tool below.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that those next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – priority group 1B – would include teachers, people over the age of 75, mail carriers, corrections officers, police, firefighters, grocery store workers and transit workers.

Of those in phase 1B, the largest group on the list is the state’s 285,000 teachers and childcare workers.

Although he stressed the need to get students back in school, Northam said schools don't have to wait for teachers to be vaccinated. He also revealed that year-round school is being considered as a way to get students back on track.

In phase 1C, another 2.5 million Virginians who are considered frontline essential workers would be eligible for vaccinations. Workers in those categories include housing construction, food service and transportation and logistics workers.

Although there is no exact timeline in place, Northam is setting a goal of reaching 50,000 vaccinations per day and believes all Virginians could be vaccinated by this summer.

What the Data Shows

D.C. announced on Sunday another 334 cases of COVID-19. Four more people died. The seven-daily rolling average of new cases was up, and 12 more people with the virus were in hospitals. 

Maryland announced 3,310 cases of the virus. Twenty-five more people died. The seven-day rolling average of new cases was up, and 73 more people were hospitalized with the virus than were the previous day. 

Virginia announced 3,668 more cases of the virus and one additional death. The seven-day rolling average of new cases was down and 25 fewer people with the virus were hospitalized than a day earlier.

Local Coronavirus Headlines

Reopening Tracker

Although COVID-19 treatments have improved and a vaccine is on the way, even a mild case of the virus can cause long-term complications — including the possibility of erectile dysfunction. Infectious disease expert Dr. Dena Grayson joined LX News with a warning not to let our guards down as we wait for a vaccine.

How to Stay Safe

Anyone can get COVID-19. Here are three simple ways the CDC says you can lower your risk: 

  • Wear a snug-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth. 
  • Avoid being indoors with people who are not members of your household. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19. If you are indoors with people you don’t live with, stay at least six feet apart and keep your mask on. 
  • Wash your hands often, especially after you have been in a public place.
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