Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on March 17

Here's what to know about the coronavirus data, resources and reopenings for D.C., Maryland and Virginia

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What the Data Shows

D.C., Maryland and Virginia didn’t report major changes in how fast the coronavirus is spreading on Wednesday, but hospitalizations slowed.

In D.C., 81 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed, the second-lowest number this month. Two more Washingtonians died from the virus. Hospital capacity was at 82.1% with 146 people reported hospitalized, down from 158 the previous day.

Maryland’s hospitalizations stayed steady over the past day but the state counted a high number of new cases, 917. It brought the weekly average up slightly, to 867.

Virginia’s case average fell by one to 863. It’s the first time since December that the commonwealth reported a lower weekly new case average than Maryland. Hospitalized COVID-19 patients fell to 841, which is nearly half the number of hospitalizations Virginia had one month ago.

Fairfax County received 43,000 vaccine doses this week, up from 31,000 last week, officials announced.

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The vaccinated population in D.C. may be overestimated in this map because some non-residents who work in D.C. are included in the totals.

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.

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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