More than 592,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 10,800 people have died from the disease across the capital region of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, health officials say.
As of Wednesday, 592,179 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed. D.C. has 28,758 cases, Maryland had 273689 cases and Virginia had 289732 confirmed cases.
A total of 10,855 people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have lost their lives to COVID-19, health officials say.
Infections are soaring nationwide as more and more people become fatigued with following restrictions. Here's what the region is doing to deal with the surge.
- D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced new COVID-19 restrictions which went into effect Nov. 25. Indoor dining was restricted starting Dec. 23.
- Maryland will tighten restrictions on businesses, bars and restaurants beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Gov. Larry Hogan announced.
- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also announced new measures to fight COVID-19 as cases of the virus have spiked across the country.
Coronavirus Cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia
COVID-19 cases by population in D.C. and by county in Maryland and Virginia
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.
At the onset of the outbreak essential workers, including law enforcement and grocery store employees, were hit hard by the virus. People living in group or institutional settings are also vulnerable.
Virginia: 289,732 Confirmed Cases
A total of 289,732 people have tested positive for the virus in Virginia as of Wednesday. There are 4,394 confirmed deaths in the state, health officials say.
Fairfax County is suffering the state's highest number of cases, with 43,107 people diagnosed as of Wednesday. Prince William County has 25,057 confirmed cases. In Loudoun County 13,848 people have been diagnosed.
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 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: 28,758 Cases Confirmed
A total of 28,758 people have the coronavirus in D.C. as of Wednesday. There are 780 recorded deaths. The city says at least 20,000 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.
As the virus continues to spread, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that D.C. Public Schools would have a completely virtual fall semester.
As of July 22, Bowser also mandated all D.C. residents wear masks upon leaving their homes, with few exceptions, in order to quell the spread of the virus.
At the height of demonstrations against the death of George Floyd, Bowser 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.
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.
Maryland: 273,689 Cases Confirmed
As of Wednesday, officials have confirmed that 273,689 people have tested positive for the virus and 2,628 have died in Maryland.
Prince George's County is the hardest-hit in the state, with 1,052 deaths and 54,127 cases. Montgomery County has confirmed 45,791 cases and 1,077 have died.
As cases rise in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan tightened restrictions effective Nov. 20 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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 one of Maryland's youngest known victims 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.
West Virginia: 84,225 Cases Confirmed
As of Wednesday, West Virginia has 84,225 cases of coronavirus and 1,318 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.
Gov. Jim Justice 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.