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The Latest: More Than 93,000 Coronavirus Cases Diagnosed in DC, Maryland, Virginia

Here are the latest numbers on COVID-19 diagnoses and related deaths in D.C., Maryland and Virginia

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More than 93,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 3,800 people have died from the disease across the capital region of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, health officials say.

As of Tuesday, 92,817 cases of coronavirus had been diagnosed. D.C. had reported 8,334 cases, Maryland had 47,687 and Virginia had 37,440 confirmed cases. These numbers are reported by health officials in each state and reflect positive results among those who have taken coronavirus tests.

More than 3,832 people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have died from COVID-19, health officials say.

Nearly 500,000 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.

Coronavirus Cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia

COVID-19 cases in D.C. and by county in Maryland and Virginia

Source: DC, MD and VA Health Departments
Credit: Anisa Holmes / NBC Washington

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.

Essential workers, including law enforcement and grocery store employees, are getting hit 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.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he acquired an additional 500,000 coronavirus test kits because of a deal with a South Korean company. Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins has the details.

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.

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Maryland reached a peak of 1,711 hospitalized patients confirmed positive for coronavirus on April 30th and has declined steadily since then. Daily hospitalizations in Virginia have increased from about 800 in April to 1000 in May. Daily hospitalizations in D.C. have remained around the 400 mark since mid-April.

Virginia: 37,440 Confirmed Cases

A total of 37,440 people have tested positive for the virus in Virginia as of Tuesday. There are 1,175 confirmed deaths in the state, health officials say. There are a further 1,902 probable cases and 61 probable deaths due to COVID-19 in Virginia.

Virginia has seen case numbers growing fast since the beginning of April, with 200-1,000 more confirmed diagnoses each day.

Fairfax County is suffering the state's highest number of cases, with more than 9,000 people diagnosed as of Tuesday. Prince William County has more than 4,000 confirmed cases and Loudoun County has more than 2,000 cases.

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.

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A patient 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.

A Loudoun County resident in their 40s tested positive after "attending Christ Church Georgetown," the county announced. The resident is a member of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, the county fire chief confirmed. "No other personnel who were in contact with this member are known to be experiencing any symptoms," the chief wrote.

Additionally, health officials urged congregants and visitors to the Immanuel Chapel of the Virginia Theological Seminary to monitor themselves for symptoms after the organist at Christ Church Georgetown who has the virus spent time there.

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Two patients in Fairfax County are "close contacts to a case identified in North Carolina," the county government said. One is a man in his 60s whose spouse previously tested positive. The other is a man in his 20s.

One of the Fairfax City residents to test positive is a man in his 80s who went on a Nile River cruise and began to develop symptoms on Feb. 28, officials said. He was hospitalized March 5. His spouse later tested positive.

One Arlington patient is in their 60s and "developed fever, cough and shortness of breath after having returned from international travel," the state health department said.

DC: 8,334 Cases Confirmed

A total of 8,334 people have the coronavirus in D.C. as of Tuesday. There are 440 recorded deaths.

D.C. was seeing declining numbers, but reached a recent peak of new cases over the Memorial Day weekend.

Black or African-American residents have died in disproportionate numbers. Out of the 440 people recorded to have died from COVID-19, 333 were Black or African-American.

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. A 65-year-old woman and a 59-year-old Franciscan friar have died from the virus.

Three of the people who died were not in hospitals, and at least one of them was Latino. When announcing that news, the mayor urged everyone to seek medical care if they need it, regardless of immigration status.

The growing number of sick includes dozens of D.C.'s first responders. More than 30 police officers and firefighters have tested positive for the disease and more than 300 were under self-quarantine in April due to exposure concerns.

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.

The city says at least 1,080 former coronavirus patients have been cleared from isolation.

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.

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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: 47,687 Cases Confirmed

As of Tuesday, officials have confirmed that 47,687 people have tested positive for the virus and 2,217 have died in Maryland.

Prince George's County is the hardest-hit in the state, with 484 deaths and over 13,000 cases. Montgomery County has confirmed more than 10,100 cases and 531 have died.

Recently released data shows that Montgomery County also has the most coronaviruses cases and deaths in long-term care facilities in Maryland, with 2,106 confirmed cases and 348 lives lost.

A 5-year-old girl from Howard County was one of the first children in the region to be confirmed to have coronavirus.

Recently, a 15-year-old girl from Baltimore County became Maryland's youngest known victim of coronavirus, health officials say. She died on May 16.

Dozens of people tested positive in a nursing home in Mount Airy and 10 have died in one of the state's most concerning outbreaks. The virus is spreading through dozens of nursing home facilities in the state, spurring Gov. Larry Hogan to sign emergency legislation stepping up safety rules, News4 reported.

Among the victims in Howard County are two elderly men, 90 and 75 years old, who had underlying health conditions, officials said. Other victims include a man in his 90s who was a resident of a Carroll County nursing home where there is an outbreak and three Prince George's County residents, all with underlying medical conditions.

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 and a Wicomico County woman in her 60s.

County officials are expecting a surge in cases, They said they knew the community would be hit hard because of the virus's effect on those with pre-existing conditions. News4's Tracee Wilkins has the details.

A Prince George's County Public Schools employee also previously tested positive. The employee works at Oxon Hill Development Center and does not have contact with students, the school system said. The health department is notifying all employees who may have been in close contact with the person.

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.

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.

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NIH said the person was asymptomatic at work, which is believed to lower the risk of transmission.

A woman in her 50s who lives in Prince George's County contracted the virus on a trip to Boston, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said.

Two other Prince George's County residents were diagnosed after returning from a cruise. Information was not released on where they traveled.

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.

"This case is connected to the same Egyptian cruise ship as five of the state’s previous positive cases," the governor said in a statement.

Howard County officials reported last month 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.

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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: 1,797 Cases Confirmed

As of Tuesday, West Virginia has 1,797 cases of coronavirus and 73 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.

Correction (Monday, March 30, 2020): This post has been corrected to reflect an accurate count of the number of deaths in Washington County, Virginia.

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