There are over 4,364,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,390,764 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 297,491, and the United States’ at 84,136. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.
As of Thursday morning, Virginia had 26,746 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,520 people hospitalized, 927 deaths and 160,077 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 6,666 to date, with 999 hospitalized and 262 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,460 cases with 300 hospitalized and 69 deaths. Alexandria has 1,305 cases with 148 hospitalized and 31 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,283 cases with 129 hospitalized and 38 deaths and Prince William County has 3,792 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 376 hospitalized and 72 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health)
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 68,142 in the DMV on Thursday morning. Maryland reported 34,812 cases, Virginia reported 26,746 and Washington, DC reported 6,584. The death toll has reached a total of 3,086, with 1,809 in Maryland, 927 in Virginia and 350 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam extended Northern Virginia’s shutdown (including Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun County and Prince William County) for at least another two weeks, but starting Friday, May 15, the governor is set to allow indoor religious services of more than 10 people, outdoor dining at restaurants, outdoor exercise classes and shopping at nonessential stores. The governor also decided not to include beaches in phase one of the reopening prior to Memorial Day, leaving Virginia Beach and others in a limbo of not receiving much-needed tourist revenue for the unofficial start of the summer. (The Washington Post)
Seattle-based (and soon to be Arlington-based) Amazon has been purchasing meals from local restaurants, totaling up to $200,000 and 10,000 meals in May, for front line workers. So far, the company has donated 1,750 lunches to Virginia Hospital Center in honor of National Hospital Week, and has also had meals delivered to Arlington County police and sheriff’s departments, along with Arlington and Alexandria EMS workers. The company has been ordering all meals from the 23rd Street South corridor, with restaurants including Enjera, Urban Tai and Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant. (WTOP)
Two drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites are set to be opened in Manassas and Dumfries in Walmart parking lots. The sites are supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test anyone who meets criteria for testing, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19, and those in high-risk groups without symptoms. Those interested must visit DoINeedaCOVID19test.com to see if they’re eligible for testing and to make an appointment. (Inside NoVA)
DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser extended the Washington, DC shutdown until June 8, extending the original deadline on lifting social restrictions set for this Saturday, May 16. Bowser said she has not seen the consistent decline in cases and hospitalizations to allow the city to ease restrictions safely. Also, starting Saturday, a new order requires most residents and visitors to wear face masks in public while near others. (The Washington Post)
The Washington Mystics, Wizards and Capitals are now selling coronavirus-inspired T-shirts to raise money for Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s “Feeding the Frontlines” fundraiser. The foundation has already raised more than $175,000 and helped provide meals for more than 7,500 to first responders, health care workers and essential workers. (WTOP)
Momofuku DC, an outpost of the famed New York restaurant by Michelin-star and James Beard award-winner David Chang, has announced the permanent closure of its doors. The restaurant opened at CityCenter in 2015, and at the time was the company’s largest restaurant, situated in David Chang’s hometown of the nation’s capital. All employees will continue to be supported by the Bluetape fund, a nonprofit created to help Momofuku employees facing unforeseen financial difficulties. (WTOP)
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