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Local counties are helping school-aged children across the region get free meals during school closures. Children are not required to be enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program, and family meal kits are available in some counties. (Inside NoVA)
WMATA has moved to reduce Metro and bus service across the region, with trains operating every 12 minutes. Train stations will open at 5 a.m., and weekend services will remain the same. (NBC4)
As of March 14, Virginia has reported its first death from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The patient was a male in his 70s being treated in the Peninsula Health District (which includes Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County), who acquired the virus from an unknown source, and eventually passed from respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19. (Inside NoVA)
Governor Ralph Northam announced on March 15 that any gathering over 100 people would now be banned in Virginia. At the time of the announcement, Virginia had 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the most reported as 10 cases in Fairfax County. (Inside NoVA)
More events and large gatherings are being canceled across the region. For specific announcements, please check our events cancellation page.