There are currently 9,453,673 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,381,673 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 483,207, and the United States’ at 121,979. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.
As of Thursday morning, Virginia had 59,514 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,955 people hospitalized, 1,661 deaths and 574,013 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 13,588 to date, with 1,579 hospitalized and 450 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,438 cases with 415 hospitalized and 126 deaths. Alexandria has 2,258 cases with 231 hospitalized and 50 deaths. Loudoun County has 3,683 cases with 258 hospitalized and 84 deaths and Prince William County has 8,824 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 772 hospitalized and 157 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 134,979 in the DMV on Thursday morning. Maryland reported 65,337 cases, Virginia reported 59,514 and Washington, DC reported 10,128. The death toll has reached a total of 5,180, with 2,978 in Maryland, 1,661 in Virginia and 541 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)
The DMV reported 36 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, and 884 new infections. The seven-day averages of both figures have been dropping since June, but now appear to be plateauing as cases spike and rise elsewhere across the United States. Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC have all started to ease restrictions on local businesses in recent weeks, but are still hoping to avoid the spikes in new cases that other states and cities are seeing, many of which began reopening earlier than the DMV. (The Washington Post)
Ever since race data has been reported by Virginia and states across the country, associated with the diagnoses of COVID-19 new cases and deaths, inequalities have surfaced, with the virus disproportionately affecting Black communities and Latino communities, as well as immigrant communities. In a virtual meeting on Wednesday, representatives from local governments, nonprofit and faith-based communities came together to discuss the unique challenges of immigrants during the COVID-19 crisis. “The coronavirus pandemic has devastated sectors of the economy dominated by immigrant labor: Restaurants, hotels, office cleaning services, in-home child care and hair and nail salons, among others, have seen businesses shuttered as nonessential. Despite the trend of phased reopenings, people are still hurting. We’re looking at rent to food to legal services and distributing PPE (personal protective equipment) to out to the community,” said Kate Garvey, director of the Alexandria’s Community and Human Services Department,” reported WTOP. (WTOP)
WMATA has announced the Silver Line and multiple stations will reopen on Sunday, Aug. 16, originally scheduled to be shut down through Labor Day. The reopening stations are McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill, Wiehle-Reston East and West Falls Church. The otherwise closed stations, including Vienna, Dunn Loring and East Falls Church, are on schedule to reopen in early September as planned. Due to the pandemic, Metro ridership is down an estimated 90%. (WTOP)
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