Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia all remain in a concerning position on the graph showing the growth of coronavirus cases in the capital region.
New infections continue to trend upward across the D.C. area, on average.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam warned on Friday that his administration would implement tougher restrictions if needed.
But the District is reporting an encouraging statistic: For the past four days, no new coronavirus deaths have been recorded in the city.
What the Data Shows
A surge of coronavirus cases continues in Virginia.
On Monday, 984 new infections were uncovered, the highest since June 7, when more than 1,200 new cases were counted.
The percent of positive test results is climbing, too. Virginia hit a low of percent positive about two-and-a-half weeks ago, with three straight days under 6%. The last couple of days, percent positives are just under 7%.
Since July 1, Virginia Beach has seen the biggest increase in cases (775 new cases), followed by Fairfax (692 new cases).
In the Northern Virginia areas of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church and Prince William, the number of new cases counted each day has improved greatly since the end of May, when hundreds were reported each day. During July, those areas combined have counted 201 or fewer new cases each day.
Virginia's surge is driven by the Hampton Roads area's rising number of new cases.
Hospitalizations are increasing in the commonwealth. There are 663 Virginians in hospitals with COVID-19, the highest since June 13.
Hospitalizations in D.C. and Maryland are still stable, around 90 and 390, respectively.
Washington, D.C., reported four days without a COVID-19 death.
Still, the latest data still shows a disproportionate impact on African-Americans. Despite making up about 40% of the city's population, Black Washingtonians represent 49% of diagnoses and 74% of deaths.
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
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- Virginia's governor said he could bring back tougher restrictions after the state reported more than 900 new coronavirus infections Friday, the highest daily total in more than a month. Read more.
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- D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says more information on school reopenings could be announced Thursday.
- Virginia entered phase three reopening on July 1, loosening restrictions on restaurants, stores, gyms and pools. But Gov. Northam said more restrictions could be implemented if cases continue to grow.
- Prince George's County entered full phase two on June 23, allowing the MGM Casino and gyms to reopen.
- Washington, D.C., entered phase two on June 22, allowing indoor dining, gyms, libraries and houses of worship to reopen with restrictions.
- Montgomery County entered phase two on June 19, reopening with restrictions gyms, houses of worship, indoor dining and retail.
- Maryland entered phase two of reopening on June 10, permitting indoor dining, outdoor pools and outside amusements to reopen.
How to Stay Safe
There are ways to lower your risk of catching coronavirus. Here are the CDC guidelines.
- 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