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The Latest: 4,690 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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As of Thursday morning, 4,690 cases of coronavirus had been announced. D.C. had 653 cases, Maryland had 2,331 and Virginia had 1,706.

Virginia’s governor and top state officials are giving an update now. Watch in the live video feed above. 

The virus has infected a broad range of people, from an 8-week-old baby boy to elderly nursing home residents.

There's also a glimmer of good news: D.C. first diagnosed coronavirus patient, The Rev. Timothy Cole, the pastor at Christ Church in Georgetown, is recovering at home after a three-week hospital stay.

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.

At least eighty-nine people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have died from COVID-19, health officials say. A 59-year-old D.C. man who had leukemia, three Virginia women in their 80s, and a Prince George's County man in his 60s who suffered from underlying medical conditions are among the victims.

A U.S. Capitol Police employee tested positive for the virus and has been self-quarantined since March 18, the police department said Sunday.

The U.S. Secret Service said on March 22 an employee tested positive and was in quarantine. The employee had not had contact with any other employees or protectees for nearly three weeks, the agency said.

A TSA worker at Dulles International Airport tested positive for COVID-19, the TSA's website said on March 21. The employee last worked on March 13 at the East Screening Checkpoint. It's not known where the TSA worker resides.

Local, state and federal officials say they are working together to minimize the spread of the virus.

Virginia: 1,706 Cases Confirmed

More than 1,500 people have tested positive for the virus in Virginia. Forty-one people in the state have died of COVID-19, health officials say.

A Loudoun County schools staff member, two residents of the Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Centre in Richmond, two adults in the Peninsula Health District and one person in the Pittsylvania Danville Health District are among those who have died.

Three more were Virginia women from Newport News, Williamsburg and James City County, all in their 80s. They had been hospitalized and died from respiratory failure related to COVID-19, officials say. One lived in a long-term care facility, officials said.

It's not known how each of the women contracted the virus.

Fairfax County is suffering the state's highest number of cases, with 224 people diagnosed as of Monday morning.

The Virginia peninsula was been hit hard by the global pandemic and James City County is the center of one of the state's three outbreaks, meaning two or more cases can be traced to a common exposure, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said March 18.

The other two outbreaks were in Richmond.

An Arlington County firefighter who tested positive for the virus was recovering at home, the fire department said Tuesday. Health officials are tracing who the firefighter had contact with.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed an agency employee tested positive for COVID-19.

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.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is asking for volunteers to staff the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps as the state reaches more than 600 coronavirus cases. News4's Drew Wilder reports.

A patient in Arlington County was "associated with Christ Church in Georgetown," where Washington, D.C.'s, earliest cases were found, county officials said.

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.

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.

A D.C. man who took a trip to India in early March says he is stuck in the country and desperately trying to get home. News4's Aimee Cho reports.

"The positive test result is considered a presumptive positive, pending confirmatory testing by CDC. The patient is currently doing well and is isolated at home," the county said.

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.

Dozens of patients previously tested in Virginia came back with negative results for COVID-19.

DC: 653 Cases Confirmed

A total of 586 people have the coronavirus in D.C. as of Wednesday Morning. Twelve people have died.

A 9-year-old boy and a 93-year-old woman are among the 94 people who tested positive on Monday.

Three people who died in D.C. from the virus died in their homes, officials said.

A 65-year-old woman and a 59-year-old Franciscan friar have died from the virus. George Valentine, a member of the Mayor’s Office of Legal Council, also died.

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.

News4 has received emails and calls from people frustrated by unsuccessful attempts to file online for unemployment benefits in the District. Jackie Bensen got some answers from D.C. officials.

Another of the D.C. patients is a man from Nigeria. According to the mayor's office, the man, who is in his 50s, traveled to D.C. and then went to Maryland, where he went to a hospital with symptoms.

Other D.C. patients who were among the first to be diagnosed include: a 77-year-old man who attended a conference held in Boston last month 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: 2,331 Cases Confirmed

More than 2,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Maryland and 36 have died as of Wednesday morning.

Two elderly men died in Howard County from the virus, health officials said Sunday. The victims, 90 and 75 years old, had underlying health conditions. 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.

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 were among the latest to succumb to the virus, the Maryland Department of Health said Saturday.

Maryland reported its largest one-day spike in diagnoses between Wednesday and Thursday, Gov. Larry Hogan said.

Several new coronavirus cases connected to Montgomery County nursing homes involve both residents and staff. News4’s Shomari Stone reports from Brighton Gardens, where three residents tested positive.

One of the latest confirmed cases is a staff member at Whetstone Elementary School in Montgomery County, school officials said Tuesday.

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.

One of the confirmed positive cases is a 5-year-old girl from Howard County.

Montgomery County has the most cases with 164 people who have tested positive for the virus.

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 Friday evening.

On Wednesday evening, officials announced the state's first coronavirus-related death. A Prince George's County man in his 60s died, Gov. Larry Hogan said.

One case in the county is an employee at the National Institutes of Health. A statement from NIH said the employee was not involved in patient care and was doing well at home under self-quarantine.

"While this is an unfortunate development, it is not surprising, and NIH expects that there will be more cases of infection among NIH staff," NIH said in a news release.

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

Howard County officials reported Sunday 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. The patient was hospitalized and the facility is notifying all residents, staff and family members. Check here for more information.

All day cares in Maryland except those serving children of essential personnel are shut down. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins spoke to a child care center owner in Greenbelt who is trying to make sense of it all.

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.

Kevin Flores and Luisa Fernanda Flores are both working in Maryland hospitals as coronavirus devastates the area. They spoke about how they’re keeping their family safe and what keeps them up at night. News4’s Erika Gonzalez reports.

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.

A Montgomery County man in his 20s recently traveled to Spain.

A Baltimore County man in his 60s worked at AIPAC in D.C., which was attended by others who tested positive.

West Virginia: 191 Cases Confirmed

As of Wednesday, West Virginia has 191 cases of coronavirus. Two people in the state have died of the disease.

The state reported its first coronavirus-related death Sunday. 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.

The most confirmed positive cases are in Kanawha County with 37 cases and Monongalia County with 32 cases.

Quarantines & School Closures

Public schools across D.C., Maryland and Virginia willl close for some period of time in the coming days, and many churches are telling congregants to stay home. Here's the latest on closures, cancellations and postponements.

What to Know About Coronavirus

More than 600,000 cases of the new virus have been confirmed worldwide, hitting China and Europe particularly hard. Hundreds of people in the U.S. have died.

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.

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 23, 2020): This post has been corrected to reflect an accurate count of the number of deaths in the D.C. region.

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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