More than 142,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 5,300 people have died from the disease across the capital region of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, health officials say.
As of Saturday, 142,188 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed. D.C. reported 10,447 cases, Maryland had 69,431 cases and Virginia had 62,400 confirmed cases. These numbers are reported by health officials in each state and reflect positive results among those who have taken coronavirus tests.
As of Saturday, 5,413 people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have died from COVID-19, health officials say.
New COVID-19 cases have plateaued over the past two weeks. Daily hospitalizations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have also declined steadily since May.
With metrics showing signs of the virus slowing, the region is continuing on the path of reopening. Phase two of reopening began on June 5 in most parts of Maryland and Virginia. Virginia moved into phase three reopening on July 1. D.C. moved into phase two on June 22.
More than 1,300,000 coronavirus tests have been administered in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The virus has infected a broad range of people, from an 8-week-old baby boy to elderly nursing home residents.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms including fever, shortness of breath and cough. Recovery might take about two weeks. Severe illness including pneumonia can occur, especially in the elderly and people with existing health problems, and recovery could take six weeks in such cases. Other coronavirus related issues can include MIS-C, a rare inflammatory syndrome that affects children.
Coronavirus Cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia
COVID-19 cases in D.C. and by county in Maryland and Virginia
At the onset of the outbreak essential workers, including law enforcement and grocery store employees, were hit hard by the virus. Dozens of D.C.'s first responders have been diagnosed. A U.S. Capitol Police employee, a U.S. Secret Service Employee and a TSA worker at Dulles Airport tested positive for the virus and were self-quarantined at the end of March, officials said.
A 27-year-old woman who worked at a Giant grocery store in Largo, Maryland, died from the virus. Other sickened essential workers include an employee at a Target in Silver Spring, Maryland; Trader Joe's staff members in D.C. and Clarendon, Virginia and a Giant grocery store worker in D.C. In each case, the stores temporarily closed for deep cleaning.
People living in group or institutional settings are also vulnerable. Dozens of inmates in D.C.'s jail and more than 100 inmates in Virginia jails have been diagnosed with COVID-19. There have also been many outbreaks of coronavirus in long-term health care facilities in the region.
Virginia: 62,400 Confirmed Cases
A total of 61,690 people have tested positive for the virus in Virginia as of Saturday. There are 1,745 confirmed deaths in the state, health officials say. There are a further 2,709 probable cases and 104 probable deaths due to COVID-19 in Virginia.
Virginia health officials reported both Virginia and the Northern Virginia region reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in almost a month on Saturday.
Fairfax County is suffering the state's highest number of cases, with more than 13,800 people diagnosed as of Wednesday. Prince William County has more than 7,300 confirmed cases. 4,000 people have been diagnosed in Loudoun County.
The Virginia Department of Health includes probable cases in its county-level data. For the state total NBC Washington is only including confirmed cases.
A Loudoun County school transport worker who supported the district's efforts to ensure meals were delivered to the community has tested positive, officials said. Officials don't believe they had close contact with any school staff or members of the public.
A 62-year-old Army veteran from Virginia tested positive for COVID-19 after his death, his family said. The Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in suburban Richmond houses one of the country's worst outbreaks. More than 90 people were sickened there and at least three residents have died.
A Loudoun County schools staff member, two adults in the Peninsula Health District and one person in the Pittsylvania Danville Health District are among more who have died.
The pastor of a Virginia church said he feels blessed to be recovering from an illness made it difficult to even walk up two stairs to his home. "This virus is no joke," said Kenny Baldwin.
A U.S. Marine who is assigned to Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County and lives at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Prince William County was the state's first diagnosed case.
One of the first patients diagnosed in Arlington County was "associated with Christ Church in Georgetown," where Washington, D.C.'s, earliest cases were found, county officials said. Several early cases stemmed from that congregation.
Other Virginia residents who were among the first to be diagnosed include: A Loudoun County resident and member of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in their 40s who tested positive after "attending Christ Church Georgetown," a Fairfax resident in his 80s who went on a Nile River cruise and began to develop symptoms on Feb. 28, his spouse who later tested positive, and one Arlington patient in their 60s who "developed fever, cough and shortness of breath after having returned from international travel," according to officials.
DC: 10,447 Cases Confirmed
A total of 10,447 people have the coronavirus in D.C. as of Saturday. There are 557 recorded deaths. The city says at least 1,523 former coronavirus patients have been cleared from isolation.
Black or African-American residents have died in disproportionate numbers. Of those who died from COVID-19, 74% were Black or African-American.
People in their 30s and 40s, males and Ward 4 residents are the groups of Washington, D.C., residents with the most known cases of coronavirus, data released by the city says.
In light of ongoing demonstrations against the death of George Floyd and police brutality, Mayor Muriel Bowser has urged all protestors to get a free COVID-19 test and to continue wearing face masks at protests to prevent the spread.
The mayor has also urged everyone to seek medical care and testing if they need it, regardless of immigration status.
Two city employees, Kenneth Moore, a D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services worker, and George Valentine, a member of the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel, also died. On June 5, a officer Keith Williams became the first D.C. police officer believed to have died from the virus.
The number of sick also includes dozens of D.C.'s first responders. More than 30 police officers and firefighters tested positive for the disease and more than 300 were under self-quarantine in April due to exposure concerns.
A rector in his 50s at Christ Church Georgetown was the first person to test positive. He had "no history of international travel and no close contacts with a confirmed case," Bowser said. A 39-year-old organist at the same church later tested positive.
Other D.C. patients who were among the first to be diagnosed include: a man from Nigeria in his 50s who traveled to D.C. then went to Maryland for treatment; a 77-year-old man who attended a conference held in Boston by the biotechnology company Biogen; a 59-year-old man with a history of travel to a Level 3 country; a 58-year-old woman who attended a conference in the District where other positive cases were identified; a 39-year-old man with a history of travel to a Level 3 country; a 24-year-old man with no known exposure; a 59-year-old woman who had contact with a previously identified case in the District and a 69-year-old woman with no known exposure.
The union representing more than 8,000 grocery store employees in D.C., wants Mayor Muriel Bowser to designate grocery, pharmacy and food processing workers as first responders and give them access to more testing and protections at work, News4 reported.
Maryland: 69,341 Cases Confirmed
As of Saturday, officials have confirmed that 69,431 people have tested positive for the virus and 3,111 have died in Maryland.
Prince George's County is the hardest-hit in the state, with 664 deaths and more than 18,861 cases. Montgomery County has confirmed more than 15,000 cases and 709 have died.
Data shows that Montgomery and Baltimore Counties also have the most coronavirus cases and deaths in long-term care facilities in Maryland, with roughly 2,000 confirmed cases each.
Officials announced the state's first coronavirus-related death on March 18. A Prince George's County man in his 60s died, Gov. Larry Hogan said.
A Baltimore County man in his 60s who had underlying medical issues was the state's second death related to the coronavirus, Gov. Larry Hogan said in March.
A 5-year-old girl from Howard County was one of the first children in the region to be confirmed to have coronavirus. A 15-year-old girl from Baltimore County became Maryland's youngest known victim of coronavirus, health officials say. She died on May 16.
Other victims include: a Prince George's County high school basketball coach and counselor, a Charles County resident in his 50s, two Baltimore City women with underlying medical conditions, a Wicomico County woman in her 60s and a man in his 90s who was a resident of a Carroll County nursing home.
Among the first diagnosed cases were three people in Montgomery County who were the first patients in the area to be diagnosed after they took a cruise in Egypt, on the Nile River, have fully recovered and can return to their daily lives. They are a woman in her 50s and a married couple in their 70s, who did not travel as a group. A Montgomery County resident in his 60s and a woman in her 60s also later tested positive after visiting Egypt, Hogan said.
Howard County officials reported that the county's first case of coronavirus was a woman in her 80s who has underlying health conditions and is a resident at the Lorien Elkridge nursing home facility.
A Harford County woman in her 80s also caught the virus while traveling abroad. She visited Turkey, Hogan said. The Turkish Embassy said the woman had a "brief stopover" in Istanbul and flew from Albania.
West Virginia: 2,932 Cases Confirmed
As of Wednesday, West Virginia has 2,932 cases of coronavirus and 93 people in the state have died of the disease.
The state reported its first coronavirus-related death at the end of March. The victim was an 88-year-old woman from Marion County, the Department of Health and Human Resources said in a news release.
To help stop the spread of the virus, Gov. Jim Justice ordered anyone traveling to the state from coronavirus hotspots including New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Connecticut, Italy or China, to self-quarantine for two weeks. Gov. Jim Justice later issued a "Safer At Home" order effective May 4.
What to Know About Coronavirus
Coronavirus is a family of illnesses that include the common cold and the flu and more serious illnesses including SARS. The COVID-19 virus is still being studied, but doctors say symptoms can include those similar to the cold and flu, including mild to severe respiratory symptoms.
Health officials urge people to socially distance and take typical precautions against spreading germs. Stay home unless absolutely necessary. Avoid contact with others. Self-quarantine for two weeks if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, including cough, fever and shortness of breath.
Wash hands often; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; don't touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with anyone who is sick; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
Officials say one of the best ways to prevent becoming ill is to wash your hands frequently.
If you believe you may have coronavirus, call your health provider before you visit so they can prepare and prevent the further spread of germs.