Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Sept. 1

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

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The coronavirus pandemic might be having a negative effect on children getting their vaccines on time.

In Washington, D.C., about 70% fewer public school children have received their vaccinations during the pandemic. The city is partnering with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House Charities to offer free vaccination clinics for students.

The Kids Mobile Medical Clinics will be offered every Tuesday until September 29th. You must call to schedule an appointment for one of the locations:

  • Kids Mobile Medical Clinic at Kelly Miller Middle School: 202-444-8888
  • Anacostia High School: 202-724-5529
  • Roosevelt High School: 202-727-6333

It's not just in D.C.: Virginia and Maryland have both identified falling vaccine rates.

The Centers for Disease Control says children and pediatricians should work to continue with well-child visits and vaccines, especially if that child is under the age of 2.

Doctors are urging people to get their flu shot, concerned about the possibility of a severe flu season coming on top of the coronavirus pandemic.

What the Data Shows

Virginia counted 960 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. That's among the higher numbers posted recently.

The average number of new cases reported over a weeklong period in Virginia is increasing, a troubling trend. It sits at 945 on Tuesday, a high point not seen since Aug. 13.

One month ago, Virginia was fighting back a surge in coronavirus cases. Now, the trend line is headed back near those levels.

D.C. added 57 new cases and Maryland counted 614 on Tuesday. Their seven-day averages have remained mostly stable.

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

  • Dozens of inmates at a West Virginia prison have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said. Read more.
  • Ocean City is postponing plans to re-deck its iconic boardwalk because of a lumber shortage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Read more.
  • Arlington County police have begun enforcing social distancing in the nightlife area of Clarendon. Read more.
  • D.C.'s Department of Health put out an updated list of high-risk states with travel restrictions Thursday, and Delaware is no longer on the list. Read more.
  • Virginians on unemployment will get an extra $300 on top of what the state pays out. Read more.
  • Special needs students are among the first groups who should get in-person instruction, Fairfax County school officials say. Read more.
  • The federal government has started sending new COVID-19 testing systems to nursing homes around the country in hopes that the rapid results provided by antigen tests will slow the spread of the virus. Long-term care facilities certainly welcome that assistance, but some have major concerns about those tests. Get the News4 I-Team report.

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How to Stay Safe

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

  • 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.

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

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