There are currently 14,508,892 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 3,773,260 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 606,206, and the United States’ at 140,534. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.
As of Monday morning, Virginia had 77,430 (+2,999) confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 7,165 people hospitalized, 2,027 deaths and 904,423 people tested. The state’s current seven-day positivity rate is 7.6% (+.04%), and has been rising steadily over the past two weeks. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 14,878 (+200) to date, with 1,791 hospitalized and 508 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,733 (+42) cases with 430 hospitalized and 135 deaths. Alexandria has 2,547 (+40) cases with 255 hospitalized and 56 deaths. Loudoun County has 4,647 (+90) cases with 317 hospitalized and 103 deaths and Prince William County has 10,151 (+210) cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 884 hospitalized and 189 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health)
If you or someone you know is exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, please consider getting tested. Find a testing location near you here.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 166,822 in the DMV on Monday morning. Maryland reported 78,131 cases, Virginia reported 77,430 and Washington, DC reported 11,261. The death toll has reached a total of 5,990, with 3,247 in Maryland, 2,165 in Virginia and 578 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)
It’s now official that Arlington Public Schools will start the school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and classes will be held entirely online. “The health and safety of our students has driven our decisions,” said Superintendent Francisco Durán. “Beginning virtually allows us to monitor COVID-19 … I believe it is the right thing to do for the health and safety of our students and staff,” according to a report by ARLNow. The plan had originally been announced last Tuesday, but was solidified on Thursday at a virtual school board meeting. (ARLNow)
Washington, DC is temporarily shutting down all COVID-19 testing sites today, citing “dangerously hot temperatures” for the outdoor testing areas. After a weekend of elevated temperatures, DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser was said to have activated the capital’s Heat Emergency Plan through Wednesday, July 22, which opens local cooling centers for residents to use throughout the day. (WTOP)
Starting today, Monday, July 20, Virginia ABC will not let any customers come inside store locations unless wearing a mask covering. The move comes in an effort to curb the rising number of coronavirus cases across the state (which is being paralleled across the country), and aligns with other large retailers that are now requiring face masks in all stores, including Walmart, Target, CVS Pharmacy, Kroger and more. (WUSA9)
According to ongoing tracking from The Washington Post, Sunday marked the 41st day that the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases was on the rise across the country. Many of the new cases are contributed to surges in Texas, California and Florida, with subsequent states reporting new-high records, such as Kentucky, Louisiana, Oregon and South Carolina. In other news, more than 100 hospitals in Florida have run out of ICU beds for adults. (The Washington Post)