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Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Sept. 9

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

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A Broad Run High School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, Loudoun County Public Schools announced Wednesday, one week after that person was last inside the school.

The patient is currently self-isolating and the county health department will conduct any contact tracing that is necessary. The school didn't say who the staff member may have had contact with.

But students haven't been in school buildings, and they aren't slated to return anytime soon. The discovery of the positive case comes a day after classes went back into session via 100% virtual learning.

At the same time, the capital region has made progress in its fight against coronavirus.

Here's where we stand with the virus in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.


What the Data Shows

In Virginia, the seven-day average of new cases has fallen for the third consecutive day. It’s down to 907 from 972 on Sunday.

Maryland’s seven-day average case count is at 608, down from a reported high of 662 on Monday. But it’s still elevated compared to recent weeks.

D.C. reported a low one-day rise in cases, with just 25 new coronavirus infections counted Wednesday. The seven-day average has fallen steadily from a recent peak in mid-August when the city counted 76 new cases a day, on average. Now, that number is 44.

Hospitalizations are the highest they have been in over a month, with 93 people being treated in District hospitals.

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

  • 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.
  • James Madison University will move primarily to online learning after hundreds of students were diagnosed with COVID-19 less than two weeks after students returned to campus. Read more.
  • Dozens of inmates at a West Virginia prison have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said. Read more.
  • Arlington County police have begun enforcing social distancing in the nightlife area of Clarendon. Read more.

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How to Stay Safe

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

  • 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

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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