There are currently 8,373,746 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,163,290 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 449,512, and the United States’ at 117,717. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.
As of Thursday morning, Virginia had 55,775 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,692 people hospitalized, 1,583 deaths and 491,884 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 13,153 to date, with 1,517 hospitalized and 429 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,372 cases with 407 hospitalized and 124 deaths. Alexandria has 2,175 cases with 225 hospitalized and 48 deaths. Loudoun County has 3,458 cases with 217 hospitalized and 80 deaths and Prince William County has 8,364 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 755 hospitalized and 147 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 128,591 in the DMV on Thursday morning. Maryland reported 62,969 cases, Virginia reported 55,775 and Washington, DC reported 9,847. The death toll has reached a total of 4,972, with 2,866 in Maryland, 1,583 in Virginia and 523 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)
An outbreak of COVID-19 has closed the Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk’s office, where four of the seven clerks have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It is believed that proper safety measures were not being followed in the office prior to closing (not wearing masks, practicing social distancing, etc.) so the county has moved to close the office until further notice. Moving forward, the two clerks who are still able to hear cases will host them remotely. (The Washington Post)
After several months of being closed to the public, George Washington’s Mount Vernon will reopen to visitors this weekend. The estate is set to reopen to members starting Saturday, June 20 and to the general public on Sunday, June 21. The home’s interior and education center will stay closed, as well as the on-site theaters, history room, the Wharf, food court pavilion, the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant and the Washington Library. Outdoor spaces will be open including the east lawn, 18-century outbuildings, historic gardens, Washington’s tomb and the Pioneer Farm. The Mount Vernon food truck will also be available. Restrictions and safety guidelines include social distancing, guests are required to wear masks, hand sanitizer stations will be available at various points and high-touch areas will have increased cleaning procedures. (InsideNoVA)
Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia will not yet move into phase three of reopening this week, and there is no set date on when that transition could occur. In a press conference on Tuesday, he said COVID-19 numbers “continue to look favorable,” but “I want to have more time to see how the numbers look before we make changes, especially as we see surges in other parts of our country.” Northam is expected to release more details on phase three in his press conference later today. (Washington Business Journal)
Florida is on track to become the United States’ next large epicenter for the novel coronavirus, according to new models and estimates from PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which has linked the state’s community spread to travel during Memorial Day weekend. (The Washington Post)