There are currently 10,415,035 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,682,897 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 509,474, and the United States’ at 129,544. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.
As of Tuesday morning, Virginia had 62,189 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,164 people hospitalized, 1,740 deaths and 633,705 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 13,840 to date, with 1,609 hospitalized and 478 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,466 cases with 418 hospitalized and 132 deaths. Alexandria has 2,317 cases with 238 hospitalized and 57 deaths. Loudoun County has 3,968 cases with 271 hospitalized and 87 deaths and Prince William County has 9,022 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 793 hospitalized and 160 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 139,735 in the DMV on Tuesday morning. Maryland reported 67,254 cases, Virginia reported 62,189 and Washington, DC reported 10,292. The death toll has reached a total of 5,339, with 3,048 in Maryland, 1,740 in Virginia and 551 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)
According to a press conference last week, Gov. Ralph Northam intends to allow the state to enter phase three of reopening tomorrow, July 1. The easing of restrictions (which comes as several states across the country are seeing a surge), will allow swimming pools to reopen, movie theaters at limited capacity and retailers and restaurants to operate at full capacity. In announcing the move on June 23, Northam emphasized that residents are still “safer at home,” must wear masks when indoors at public places and follow physical-distancing guidelines. Teleworking is also still encouraged when possible, according to InsideNoVA. (InsideNoVA)
Over the past two weeks, Loudoun County has been seeing a steady rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. The Loudoun County Health Department has finally determined what it believes to be the start of the local outbreak: a “beach week” gathering in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where over 150 young people from Loudoun County contracted COVID-19. Over 150 people between the ages of 16 to 18 have tested positive in the county in the last week, and more than half of the positive cases reported in the past week have been residents under the age of 29. (WTOP)
The reigning World Series champs are waiting on Washington, DC government for approval to start training again at Nationals Park, ahead of the MLB’s announced 60-game league. In the finalized agreement with the players union, a modified spring training could begin tomorrow, July 1. “The Nationals can’t just go into their stadium and start training,” a spokesperson for the office of DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said. “They have to get a waiver. They’ve submitted a request for a waiver, but it hasn’t been approved yet.” (The Washington Post)
Reopening is coming to a halt in several states as positive infection rates and hospitalization rates surge. In Arizona, plans to reopen public schools have been pushed back, and gatherings of more than 50 people have been banned. The governor also shut down bars, movie theaters, nightclubs and waterparks for the next 30 days. Texas has also moved to close bars, and Florida and California have moved to shut down beaches ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. Other hard-hit states include Nevada, South Carolina, Montana, Georgia and Tennessee. (The Washington Post)
Chinese officials reported a new strain of the swine flu, known as G4 EA H1N1. The scientists discovered the virus in some employees at slaughterhouses where pigs tested positive for the virus, but so far, they have not seen person-to-person transmission. The worrying factor in releasing this information during an already fraught pandemic? The scientist’s paper cautions, “[G4 EA H1N1] should be monitored to avoid the possibility that it could mutate to spread widely among humans,” according to The Washington Post. (The Washington Post)