Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Sept. 12

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

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The seven-day mean of new coronavirus cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia increased Saturday as each area reported higher-than-average new infections.

The spread of COVID-19 on the Virginia Tech campus has scuttled another planned college game. Virginia and Virginia Tech were scheduled to face off next Saturday, for both teams' season opener, but have rescheduled.

Virginia Tech has reported 633 positive coronavirus tests within its community since beginning testing in early August.

A coronavirus outbreak is ripping through Deerfield Correctional Center in Capon, Virginia, which houses a population of older, sicker inmates, the state department of corrections says.

It's the most deadly outbreak at any Virginia Department of Corrections facility, according to a press release.

Six inmates have died and 44% of the 925 inmates there have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The facility says all inmates have been tested.

Arlington, Virginia, is ready to take funding from the state to aid in its coronavirus response.

The county board voted to accept $320,287 to step up testing. Another $140,000 will employ two full-time peer recovery specialists, who could help people with serious mental health or substance abuse disorders who have been hurt by the pandemic.

Here's where we stand as the virus continues to change our lives in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

What the Data Shows

D.C. added 59 new cases on Saturday, pulling the average up. For most of September so far, that number had been falling.

The moving daily case average is a metric to watch in the District, but it’s too early to tell if it shows a worsening pandemic or expected fluctuations.

Virginia added 1,147 cases, the highest number in about two weeks. The state’s moving average increased for the sixth day in a row to 951.

Maryland added 809 new cases to its database on Saturday, the highest in nearly a month. While its case moving average increased from Friday, it’s still lower than it was one week ago.

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

  • Gov. Larry Hogan says that the state will be the first member of a multistate coalition to purchase a large amount of rapid COVID-19 antigen tests. Read more.
  • Some D.C. Public Schools students could be back in the classroom as early as this month, the mayor said. Read more
  • Up to 25,000 low-income students and families in D.C. are set to be provided free internet connections under a new initiative from Mayor Muriel Bowser. Here's what to know.
  • What can sewage tell us about COVID-19 in our communities? Stafford County, Virginia, provides an example.
  • Washington, D.C., has released an updated list of states that are considered “high risk” during the coronavirus pandemic and subject to travel restrictions. Here's the list.
  • Dozens of University of Maryland students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the fall semester began last week and a limited number of students moved on campus. Read more.
  • Before the school year starts online, Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria held an outdoor “blessing of the Chromebooks.” See video here.
  • Maryland entered phase three of reopening Friday, but several counties say they aren't prepared to move forward yet. Read more.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been targeted by scammers during the pandemic, likely including one family who had a strange experience after listing their home for sale. Read the News4 I-Team report.
  • Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation aimed at making absentee voting easier. Here's what to know.
  • Public tours of the White House, halted nearly six months ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, are set to resume later this month with new health and safety policies in place. Read more.
  • People collecting unemployment insurance in the D.C. region soon will begin seeing the extra $300 President Donald Trump promised — some sooner than others. Read more.
  • D.C. Public Schools are seeing a 70% drop in vaccinations among students. Here's more information.

Reopening Tracker

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

Coronavirus Deaths in Your City and State — and Across the US

These charts use daily coronavirus death data from Johns Hopkins University to show the seven-day moving average of deaths at the city, state and country level.

The impact of coronavirus varies enormously in the United States from one place to another.

Source: Johns Hopkins University.
Credit: Visuals by Amy O’Kruk/NBC, data analysis by Ron Campbell/NBC

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