Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Sept. 14

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

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The University of Maryland says about 15% of all of its undergraduate courses will start to meeting face-to-face beginning Monday after the school reported a low campus positivity rate of 0.7%.

The school says that with its low number of coronavirus cases, it is safe to move ahead with gradual reopening on campus. Most classes are still being taught virtually.

However, a rise in cases among student athletes at UMD led to a pause in sports practice, and some fraternities and sororities reported cases as well. Cafeterias remain closed for sit-down meals, and no visitors are allowed in student dorms.

As of Monday afternoon, UMD Athletics released a statement announcing the "resumption of training activities for 13 teams, including football." Seven teams will remain paused pending further evaluations.

In the city of Alexandria, Virginia, anyone over the age of 10 must wear a face covering in public, beginning Oct. 1, local officials say.

The new mask legislation was passed Saturday at an Alexandria city council meeting. Violators of the mask ordinance will get an initial warning before being issued a fine, which will be similar to a traffic ticket. 

The Smithsonian is set to reopen four more museums to the public beginning this Friday. The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Portrait Gallery are among them.

The museums will have reduced hours of operation, and visitors will need to reserve free timed-entry passes here.

What the Data Shows

A total of 1,294 new cases of coronavirus and 17 deaths were reported in D.C., Maryland and Virginia on Monday.

D.C.'s seven-day average positivity rate reached an all time low of 2.1% on Monday. The average positivity rate in Maryland and Virginia is currently at 3.5% and 7.2%, respectively.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases stood steady at 44 cases in D.C. In Maryland, the seven-day average dropped from 662 last week to 538 today. In Virginia, it has stayed in the mid-900s for the past two weeks.

In Virginia, 698 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19. That's the lowest number of hospitalizations in the state since mid-July.

Hospitalizations have hovered around the 350 mark in Maryland and near 90 in D.C. for the past week.

The map below shows the number of coronavirus cases diagnosed per 100,000 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

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  • 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.

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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

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

CORRECTION (Sept. 16, 2020, 1:25 pm. ET): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that people over the age of 10 could face a fine of up to $100 for not wearing a mask in public spaces in Alexandria, Virginia. The fine was considered, but was ultimately removed from the final legislation.

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