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U.S. death toll nears 100,000; DMV surpasses 90,000 cases

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There are currently 5,515,109 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,662,768 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 346,632, and the United States’ at 98,223. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Tuesday morning, Virginia had 37,727 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,269 people hospitalized, 1,208 deaths and 256,913 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 9,482 to date, with 1,218 hospitalized and 331 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,897 cases with 368 hospitalized and 101 deaths. Alexandria has 1,754 cases with 175 hospitalized and 38 deaths. Loudoun County has 2,047 cases with 150 hospitalized and 52 deaths and Prince William County has 5,812 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 512 hospitalized and 109 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

Regional
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 93,104 in the DMV on Tuesday morning. Maryland reported 47,152 cases, Virginia reported 37,727 and Washington, DC reported 8,225. The death toll has reached a total of 3,835, with 2,187 in Maryland, 1,208 in Virginia and 440 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Northern Virginia accounted for a majority of the new cases reported over the weekend, with Fairfax County reporting 493 new cases, but the region’s leaders (representing the five jurisdictions, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County) sent a letter to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday requesting that the counties be included in the phase one reopening starting on Friday, May 29, as the rest of the state moves to phase two of reopening. The letter included an assessment from local health officials that the Northern Virginia region had met four out of the six criteria in reopening, including a 14-day decrease of new cases and hospitalizations, increased testing and hospital bed capacity. The region has not met the criteria of PPE requirements or contact tracing. It is expected that Gov. Ralph Northam will make an announcement prior to the official phase one of Northern Virginia before Friday, May 29, and what businesses will be included. (The Washington Post

Local
The second case of the pediatric inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 was reported in Fairfax on Monday. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children has affected more than 100 children across the United States, baffling doctors and sending children to the hospital with everything from rashes to organ failure. The first case in the state was reported last week, also in Fairfax County. No additional details about the patient were released. (WTOP

Local
Arlington County is hosting free COVID-19 testing today, Tuesday, May 26. It will be at the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center at 4200 South Four Mile Run Drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No ID is required to get tested, and you do not need to show symptoms of COVID-19, have an appointment or a doctor’s note. Be aware that traffic congestion is expected in the area and locations may have road closures or “no parking” areas where towing will be enforced. (WTOP

Regional
DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced Monday that the city is “back on track” to reopen later this week after a spike in cases over the weekend. On Monday, the city once again saw a decline in the number of new cases, and Bowser said it marks the 12th consecutive day for a consistent drop in new cases and hospitalizations across the city, making the end of this week (as long as the downward trend continues) a full 14 days of consecutive downward cases, a milestone that Bowser cited as a requirement to begin to ease restrictions in the nation’s capital. (The Washington Post

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Virginia reports new case record on Thursday; DC looks to reopen

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There are currently 5,127,125 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,557,758 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 333,398, and the United States’ at 94,729. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Friday morning, Virginia had 34,137 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,093 people hospitalized, 1,099 deaths and 216,890 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 8,580 to date, with 1,165 hospitalized and 309 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,763 cases with 346 hospitalized and 89 deaths. Alexandria has 1,627 cases with 171 hospitalized and 37 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,700 cases with 147 hospitalized and 49 deaths and Prince William County has 5,149 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 491 hospitalized and 88 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

Regional
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 85,456 in the DMV on Friday morning. Maryland reported 43,531 cases, Virginia reported 34,137 and Washington, DC reported 7,788. The death toll has reached a total of 3,670, with 2,159 in Maryland, 1,099 in Virginia and 412 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

What do this week’s numbers mean?
On Friday, after several days of increased testing in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, the DMV reported 2,674 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, the third-highest number since the beginning of the outbreak. Virginia reported a record of 1,229 new cases, which is likely linked to the growing number of individuals getting tested. Fairfax County, the state’s largest jurisdiction with the highest number of cases, reported 417 cases on Thursday. As of Friday morning, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has yet to announce a phase one plan for Northern Virginia after his original proposed date of one week from now, Friday, May 29. (The Washington Post

Local
WMATA will kick off its summer shutdown starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 23. Metro will close nine stations along the Orange and Silver Lines in order to begin platform reconstruction, with the expected closures to last though Labor Day weekend. All stations west of Ballston-MU will be closed including Vienna/Fairfax GMU, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church, East Falls Church, McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East. The Orange Line will only operate between Ballston-MU and New Carrollton and offer varied shuttle services. No Silver Line trains will operate. (WTOP

Regional
Starting Saturday, May 23, Shenandoah National Park will reopen access to Skyline Drive and offer access to over 480 miles of trails. The park closed to drivers on April 4, due to the global pandemic, but is reopening following the guidance of the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities. But, Old Rag Mountain and Whiteoak Canyon/Cedar Run will remain closed, as well as all park boundary trailheads in Rappahannock County. (Inside NoVA 

Regional
On May 21, DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced that the nation’s capital could begin easing restrictions as soon as May 29. The first wave of reopening would include barber shops and hair salons by appointment, outdoor restaurant dining, parks, fields, golf courses and tennis courts, worship services for no more than 10 people, and curbside service for nonessential businesses. Summer camps, pools, fitness centers and indoor entertainment venues would not be included in the first phase. (The Washington Post

Regional
DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s team of advisers has said the students of Washington, DC should not return to school in full, in-person capacity before there is a widely distributed vaccine or cure for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In a report released Thursday, the group recommends a four-phase reopening, where students return to school on modified schedules, switching between in-person and remote learning depending on the day, and even if the schools can accommodate the students, families should not be required to send their children to school buildings if they feel unsafe, and should have the option of full-time distance learning. Since the city has yet to enter a phase one of reopening, much of the predictions are likely to change as local, state and federal leaders ponder what school could look like in the fall. (The Washington Post)

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Global coronavirus cases near 5 million; DMV reports over 80,000 cases

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There are currently 4,918,938 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,528,661 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 323,723, and the United States’ at 91,938. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Wednesday morning, Virginia had 32,145 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,904 people hospitalized, 1,041 deaths and 201,183 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 8,020 to date, with 1,113 hospitalized and 292 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,688 cases with 331 hospitalized and 79 deaths. Alexandria has 1,544 cases with 168 hospitalized and 34 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,527 cases with 140 hospitalized and 48 deaths and Prince William County has 4,816 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 448 hospitalized and 81 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

Regional
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 81,125 in the DMV on Wednesday morning. Maryland reported 41,546 cases, Virginia reported 32,145 and Washington, DC reported 7,434. The death toll has reached a total of 3,522, with 2,081 in Maryland, 1,041 in Virginia and 400 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Fairfax County has reported Virginia’s first case of the pediatric inflammatory illness that is affecting children exposed to COVID-19. The child was admitted to the hospital on May 5 and later discharged to recover at home; no additional details on the child were provided. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory about the syndrome just last week, warning parents and guardians of additional symptoms related to the illness, including fever, abdominal pain without another explanation, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, red or cracked lips, bumpy tongue and swollen hands and feet. There have been over 100 reports of the pediatric illness in New York City, and five states have reported cases, including three at the nearby Children’s National Hospital in DC. (WTOP)

Local
Fairfax County has announced that it will reopen parks just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The city plans to remove barriers around parks starting today and finish up by Friday. The following facilities will remain closed: restrooms and all portable restrooms, dog parks, all playgrounds, nature centers, visitor centers, horticultural centers and RECenters, volleyball and basketball courts, athletic fields and all water fountains will be turned off. Guests will be asked to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings. (WTOP)

Local
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted 5-3 on Tuesday to ask Gov. Ralph Northam to allow restaurants in the county with existing outdoor seating to reopen starting this weekend with no more than 50% capacity. For reference, Northam rejected a call last week from supervisors in western Loudoun County to allow them to enter phase one of reopening and leave the heavier restrictions on the eastern end of the county. (WTOP

Local
Arlington County has reportedly received $20.66 million in a federal grant from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) to cover expenses caused by the coronavirus outbreak in the county. Libby Garvey, the Arlington County Board chair, said in the statement that the money is a “much-needed grant” that will help the county provide “emergency food and housing assistance that those in our community who have lost their livelihoods to the pandemic so desperately need.” (The Washington Post

Regional
The DMV had its highest fatality report in five days with 93 new reported deaths, after the usual weekend dip. Maryland was the highest with 58 fatalities and 1,784 new cases, marking the highest single-day increase in infections, which also coincided with a testing surge in the state. (The Washington Post

Regional
A 15-year-old in Baltimore County, Maryland has died from the pediatric inflammatory illness that is affecting children exposed to COVID-19. No additional details were released about the child. “This is a stark reminder that this virus spares no one and that we must remain vigilant in our efforts to stay home, socially distance and limit the spread of this deadly disease,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. (WTOP

Statewide 
Virginia and Gov. Northam have continued to face criticism over lagging in per capita testing even as it begins to loosen restrictions, compared to other states. Northam set a goal a few weeks back of reaching 10,000 tests per day. The state has been averaging just under 6,000 for about the past week. Its tests are running just under 15% positive. (The Washington Post

National
To some capacity, with a wide range of rules and restrictions, all 50 states are entering reopening phases, whether they’re ready or not. The U.S. has surpassed 90,000 cases, coming in at 30% of the world’s known coronavirus cases, but only making up 5% of the global population. (The Washington Post

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DMV sees lowest deaths since April; Virginia beaches set to reopen

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There are currently 4,823,479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,508,957 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 318,857, and the United States’ at 90,369. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Tuesday morning, Virginia had 31,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,822 people hospitalized, 1,014 deaths and 194,677 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 7,843 to date, with 1,100 hospitalized and 284 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,638 cases with 323 hospitalized and 77 deaths. Alexandria has 1,510 cases with 162 hospitalized and 34 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,486 cases with 139 hospitalized and 48 deaths and Prince William County has 4,585 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 427 hospitalized and 78 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

Regional
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 78,172 in the DMV on Tuesday morning. Maryland reported 39,762 cases, Virginia reported 31,140 and Washington, DC reported 7,270. The death toll has reached a total of 3,429, with 2,023 in Maryland, 1,014 in Virginia and 392 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC collectively counted 45 new deaths on Monday, the lowest number since mid-April. The jurisdictions also reported a downward trend in new infections: The seven-day rolling average of new cases now has dropped to 1,906 a day, down from a peak of 2,100 daily cases in early May. (The Washington Post

Local
Free COVID-19 testing in Loudoun County will take place on Wednesday, May 20, at a drive-thru testing site located at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park on Claudia Drive in Leesburg from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are no age or residency requirements, no appointments and you do not need to be showing symptoms in order to get a test. This is a one-day event. Test results from either nose swabs or oral swabs will be available within a week. (WTOP

Local
Virginia is investigating complaints that students with disabilities were not given equal learning opportunities during the coronavirus shutdown. The Virginia Department of Education opened its investigation on Monday, based on a complaint filed this month by five parents on behalf of their six children, all Fairfax County students with disabilities, including dyslexia and autism. It is a federal law that children with disabilities attending public school receive a special course of instruction, but according to the complaint, Fairfax County Public Schools told parents it was pausing these courses until brick-and-mortar schooling resumes. (The Washington Post

Regional
On Monday, May 18, DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced the nation’s capital is six days away from meeting the safety goals required to be reached before safely reopening. Bowser intends to announce her reopening plan in greater detail later this week, including reopening sectors of the city’s economy. (The Washington Post

Statewide
Across Northern Virginia and beyond, some voters are casting physically distanced, in-person ballots Tuesday in city and town government elections. Polls are open until 7 p.m. in Fairfax, Vienna, Clifton, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Occoquan and Quantico, with a variety of council elections and more. (WTOP

Statewide  
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Monday that the state’s first beaches will be allowed to reopen just before Memorial Day, starting Friday, May 23. The only beaches allowed to reopen are Virginia Beach and First Landing State Park, and will be open for swimming and sunbathing, and prohibited activities include group sports, speakers, alcohol, tents and grouping of umbrellas, fishing on sand beaches and parking garages/surface lots will limit their capacities by 50%. Virginia coastline merchants are eager to compete with open beaches in Maryland and North Carolina this weekend. (The Washington Post

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Virginia surpasses 30,000 cases; 1,000 statewide COVID fatalities

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There are currently 4,731,987 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,486,742 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 315,496, and the United States’ at 89,564. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Monday morning, Virginia had 30,388 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,775 people hospitalized, 1,009 deaths and 188,874 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 7,643 to date, with 1,084 hospitalized and 282 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,590 cases with 318 hospitalized and 75 deaths. Alexandria has 1,476 cases with 159 hospitalized and 34 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,446 cases with 139 hospitalized and 48 deaths and Prince William County has 4,447 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 417 hospitalized and 78 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

Regional
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 76,315 in the DMV on Monday morning. Maryland reported 38,804 cases, Virginia reported 30,388 and Washington, DC reported 7,123. The death toll has reached a total of 3,384, with 1,992 in Maryland, 1,009 in Virginia and 383 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Recap
On May 15, counties across Virginia were able to enter Phase One of reopening, including nonessential businesses. Northern Virginia, however, is on hold until at least after Memorial Day, estimated around May 29. The delay was bolstered by local leaders in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County, considering the region makes up a majority of the case numbers statewide, and has yet to see a decline in new cases or hospitalizations. Over the weekend, the state gained over 3,000 new cases and just under 200 new hospitalizations. (Northern Virginia Magazine

Local
Reminder: Starting today, Monday, May 18, WMATA is requiring all passengers (both train and local bus lines) to wear some type of face covering, including masks, bandanas or scarves. “Every person who wears a face covering on Metro is helping to keep others safe, and this is especially important for Metro’s front line employees. In the age of COVID-19, we all share a responsibility for front line worker safety, and that’s what this is all about,” WMATA general manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said. (WMATA

Local
Two days of free COVID-19 testing for everyone in Prince William County starts today, Monday, May 18. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, a testing site will be available for both drive-thru and walk-up testing at the Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge. Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas will be a drive-thru and walk-up testing site between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Those tested will receive their results by the end of the week. As of Monday morning, Prince William County, including Manassas and Manassas City, had 4,447 cases of COVID-19, with 417 hospitalized and 78 deaths. (WTOP

Local
Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery will look different this year, with the grounds only being open to family pass holders. Visitors will also be required to wear face coverings and maintain proper social distancing. It is expected that thousands will want to visit to commemorate their loved ones on the holiday, but safety must be ensured for staff and visitors alike. The Memorial Avenue gate at the cemetery’s main entrance will be the lone entrance point for visitors. It will open at 8 a.m., and all family members will be required to leave by 5 p.m. (WTOP)

Local
Loudoun United FC, an MLS soccer affiliate of DC United, is seeking rent deferral in 2020. The team was scheduled to have its first full season in the Leesburg stadium this year, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to pay the $621,000 the team owes Loudoun County in 2020. Last Tuesday, the board of supervisors finance committee voted to move forward with amending the team’s lease agreement, which would allow the team to pay the $621,000 over the next six years. (WTOP)

National
A closely watched case study of Moderna’s first human-tested coronavirus vaccine is offering promising results, with a handful of participants developing COVID-19 antibodies that were at or above the levels of those who had overcome the disease caused by novel coronavirus. Trials will continue as the company fast tracks its work with the National Institute of Health (NIH). (NBC4 Washington

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Virginia nears 1,000 COVID-19 deaths; State eases restrictions starting today

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There are over 4,444,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,417,889 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 302,493, and the United States’ at 85,906. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Friday morning, Virginia had 27,813 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,592 people hospitalized, 955 deaths and 165,486 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 6,951 to date, with 1,019 hospitalized and 267 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,499 cases with 305 hospitalized and 70 deaths. Alexandria has 1,349 cases with 152 hospitalized and 32 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,339 cases with 131 hospitalized and 44 deaths and Prince William County has 4,036 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 385 hospitalized and 74 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

Regional
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 68,142 in the DMV on Friday morning. Maryland reported 35,903 cases, Virginia reported 27,813 and Washington, DC reported 6,736. The death toll has reached a total of 3,179, with 1,866 in Maryland, 955 in Virginia and 358 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Expect a slight change in the numbers above from Virginia starting next week. After criticism about reporting the number of cases in the commonwealth was expressed this week, Virginia will now be reporting the number of active COVID-19 tests and antibody tests separately, not lumped together into one statistic. This will allow officials and residents to know how many Virginia residents have been tested for exposure and potential immunity to the novel coronavirus (through blood antibody testing), and which have been tested for the active coronavirus by exhibiting symptoms (through nasal swab testing). (WTOP)

Local
WMATA is requiring all passengers to wear face masks starting Monday, May 18. All Metro and Metrobus riders will be required to wear some type of protective face coverings in order to reduce the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, according to Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld. The mask policy will not be enforced with criminal sanctions. (The Washington Post)  

Local
More than 103,000 jobless claims were made by residents in the DMV last week, meaning the total number of unemployed individuals in the region (those have opted to attempt to get unemployment benefits, that is) totals 885,000. (The Washington Post

Local
For those looking to spend this warm, hot spring day with some barbecue and coleslaw, Sloppy Mama’s in Arlington is launching its takeout system today, for the first time since closing its doors in mid-March. The local restaurant received its Paycheck Protection Program loan and is hoping to test the takeout waters well before reopening its dining room later in the summer. (Washington City Paper)  

Local
The Inn at Little Washington, arguably the highest-regarded restaurant in the area (and the only one with three Michelin stars) is planning to reopen its dining room on May 29, even though restrictions in Rappahannock County are starting to be lifted today. But the restaurant, known for its high-priced tasting menus and elaborate dining room, is getting creative during the era of social distancing. Future guests can expect to see mannequins (yes, you read that right), in between multiple tables to make the space less empty, and maintain the proper 6 feet or more between actual customers. Plus, the mannequins will be served wine. (Eater

Regional
Virginia and Maryland are set to ease restrictions today on nonessential businesses, with the Washington suburbs (and two additional Virginia counties) opting out and delaying reopening for at least another two weeks. To recap: Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County have told Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam that the five largest jurisdictions in the commonwealth will not reopen until there is a steady decrease in new cases and hospitalizations across the region, along with the city of Richmond and Accomack County along the coast. Both Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland have opted out of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s ease of restrictions as well. In DC, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser extended the city’s restrictions on non-essential businesses through early June. (The Washington Post

Statewide
Aside from wineries in Northern Virginia, some will begin opening their doors as soon as tomorrow, Saturday, May 16. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe while sipping (if you intend to visit this weekend): there will be a limit of 10 people or fewer in all tasting rooms and outdoor seating areas; all areas where people may gather are closed except to thru traffic; employees must wear face coverings, and guests are encouraged to wear them as well; winery employees will check temperatures before each shift; and frequently-touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly, with some touched surfaces and objects cleared between every patron. (WTOP

Statewide
Virginia’s film and television production industry has come to a halt as the coronavirus outbreak has touched and tugged at seemingly every industry across the United States. Andy Edmunds, director of Virginia’s Film Office, said while some post production work is still happening in Northern Virginia, around 4,000 workers across the state are feeling the effects. Not all of them are unemployed, but many have purchasing power that highly affects the state’s economy. Overall, the industry earns about $700 million a year in Virginia, with two productions that ceased most operations in March, a Walking Dead spinoff show and an Apple project, which both generated about $100 million per year alone. It’s possible that production could resume in August or September, but there will likely be some changes in how things are done, just like in other industries. (WTOP

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DMV coronavirus cases near 70,000; Virginia restrictions ease Friday

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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

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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!)

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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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Northern Virginia delays reopening until May 29; Virginia death toll nears 1,000

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There are over 4,281,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,370,016 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 292,376, and the United States’ at 82,389. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Wednesday morning, Virginia had 25,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,395 people hospitalized, 891 deaths and 154,130 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 6,470 to date, with 972 hospitalized and 253 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,416 cases with 288 hospitalized and 66 deaths. Alexandria has 1,240 cases with 145 hospitalized and 30 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,110 cases with 119 hospitalized and 35 deaths and Prince William County has 3,647 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 357 hospitalized and 64 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 66,346 in the DMV on Wednesday morning. Maryland reported 34,061 cases, Virginia reported 25,800 and Washington, DC reported 6,485. The death toll has reached a total of 2,983, with 1,756 in Maryland, 891 in Virginia and 336 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

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Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order on Tuesday, officially delaying Phase 1 of reopening Northern Virginia for at least another two weeks, until no earlier than May 29. The leaders of the hard-hit areas: Fairfax County, the city of Alexandria, Arlington County, Loudoun County and Prince William County, came forward late last week to express their concerns over reopening. As the rest of the state enters Phase 1 starting Friday, May 15, the Washington suburbs will remain in “phase zero” until there is a consistent daily drop of new cases and hospitalizations. (The Washington Post

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WMATA is delaying new initiatives for this year in order to maintain a balanced budget and continue to appeal to riders once the area begins to reopen and workers head back into their offices. Aside from delaying the special weekend fares and late-night hours, Metro will delay its first rate hike in three years. In order to finish the year with a balanced budget and avoid furloughs and layoffs, WMATA is proposing a new budget that includes federal relief funding of more than $767 million for the remainder of the fiscal year. It has also been reported that as WMATA begins to quicken rail and bus times and return to everyday service similar to before the pandemic, riders may be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times when taking public transportation. (The Washington Post

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Traffic rates in the DMV have been on the rise in recent weeks, despite ongoing public health restrictions and Northern Virginia’s delay of reopening. Before the pandemic, an estimated 226,000 drivers used the Capital Beltway, but on the quietest day, Tuesday, March 31, only 115,219 trips were recorded, about 50% less traffic than normal. Only around 65,000 trips were recorded on Easter as well. But since mid-April, traffic rates have been steadily increasing again, with the number of trips on the last Friday in April, compared to May 8, grew by nearly 25,000, an 18% increase over two weeks. On May 7, more than 150,000 drivers used the Capital Beltway east of University Boulevard, the highest number of daily trips measured since March 20. (WTOP

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Arlington Public Schools is preparing for a potential remote-learning fall semester. “We are preparing for all possible scenarios for both summer school and the fall, as we await school reopening guidance from state officials and the Virginia Department of Education,” APS spokesman Frank Bellavia said. “Teachers and staff are participating in planning and professional development to prepare for the delivery of virtual classroom instruction, in the event schools cannot reopen or if a hybrid in-person and virtual learning model is necessary.” The school system has been considering ending the school year early after it decided to forgo teaching new material to students, but has since said that no matter what, new curriculum will be taught in the fall. (ARL Now

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Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a $25 million small business and nonprofit relief grant program for local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on May 12. “Eligible businesses and nonprofits based in the county will be able to apply for the new Fairfax Relief Initiative to Support Employers (Fairfax RISE) grants beginning in early June. The Fairfax RISE grant program will be funded by a portion of the $200 million in federal stimulus funding the county received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” reported Virginia Business. (Virginia Business

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Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge is preparing for a May 29 opening after Gov. Ralph Northam’s official announcement on Tuesday. The Simon Property Group, which owns several malls in the region and across the United States, closed all of its retail locations on March 18 due to COVID-19. Further safety regulations, updated hours and more will be released by the company prior to reopening. (Inside NoVA

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is aligning his tactics with Gov. Ralph Northam, allowing counties in the Washington suburbs to opt out of his Phase 1 reopening as well. Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are among the jurisdictions where leaders say it’s too soon to reopen. (The Washington Post

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The Washington Mystics, who won the Women’s NBA Championship in 2019, will start the 2020 season virtually. Saturday, May 16, was supposed to be the team’s first home game of the season against Los Angeles, with the championship parade in the city scheduled for the following Tuesday, May 19. Now, the digital event is set to be held online starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, accessible via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. “Throughout the day, players will be interacting with fans, and fans will also be encouraged to post pictures showing how they celebrate a Mystics game day at home. It will culminate at 5 p.m. with the debut on Facebook Live with episode one of Run it Back/Mystics: Journey to a Championship,” reported WTOP. (WTOP

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Virginia Beach has set a tentative reopening date of Memorial Day Weekend. During a city council meeting this week, local leaders announced a gradual reopening plan that will include extra cleaning, social distancing, education and enforcement of restrictions at area beaches. The city will also train “beach ambassadors” to roam the beaches and alert people to social distance and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. If beach-goers don’t comply, further enforcement will be used through the county police. (WTOP

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Virginia coronavirus cases pass 25,000; U.S. death toll reaches 80,000

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There are over 4,197,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,347,936 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 286,669, and the United States’ at 80,684. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Tuesday morning, Virginia had 25,070 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,300 people hospitalized, 850 deaths and 149,436 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 6,200 to date, with 946 hospitalized and 243 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,399 cases with 286 hospitalized and 60 deaths. Alexandria has 1,224 cases with 139 hospitalized and 30 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,195 cases with 116 hospitalized and 30 deaths and Prince William County has 3,554 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 339 hospitalized and 58 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 64,832 in the DMV on Tuesday morning. Maryland reported 33,373 cases, Virginia reported 25,070 and Washington, DC reported 6,389. The death toll has reached a total of 2,861, with 1,683 in Maryland, 850 in Virginia and 328 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

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Gov. Ralph Northam has said he expects to leave Northern Virginia out of the commonwealth’s Phase 1 reopening later this week. The region has accounted for nearly 75% of Virginia’s total case count each day (On Monday, of the nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases reported, almost 750 of them were in Northern Virginia), and the region’s population makes up about 40% of the entire state. (The Washington Post)

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Northern Virginia businesses are beginning to respond to the delay of Phase 1 opening across the region, including the owner of Illusions of Shirlington on Campbell Avenue in Arlington. Irma Wheeler said the salon was prepared to open Saturday, with appointments already on the schedule for the upcoming week. “We are devastated. Totally devastated. We are ready. We are taking every precaution,” even making sure that there would be no more than 10 people, including staff, at a time inside the salon, Wheeler said. “It’s just not fair, at the last minute, when [Gov. Ralph Northam] announced it,” Wheeler said. With cases still on the rise across the region, it is not yet known when restrictions will be eased in Northern Virginia. (WTOP

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Dr. Edward Puccio, a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Inova Loudoun Hospital, wants residents to continue to seek emergency treatment, if necessary. In recent weeks of the outbreak, hospitals have seen a sharp decrease in emergency treatments, including heart attacks and general injuries, leaving many to fear that patients are ignoring symptoms, self-treating with medication or avoiding treatment altogether due to the increased risk of COVID-19. “Some people are high-risk; some of them are low-risk, but in the past they would all get evaluated,” Puccio said. But local hospitals have set up a variety of ways to keep non-suspected-coronavirus patients separate from others. “You should have no concerns about coming to the emergency department and checking in, being screened and being evaluated inside your private emergency department room,” Puccio said. (WTOP

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A walk-up COVID-19 testing site is opening in Columbia Pike today, which is part of a partnership between Arlington Free Clinic and Virginia Hospital Center. Residents are advised to get a referral from a doctor, then call to make an appointment to get tested at the clinic. The clinic will be open every weekday from 1 to 5 p.m. (ARL Now

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Doctors at Children’s National have reported two additional cases of the inflammatory disease now being linked with COVID-19 in children. In recent weeks, with over 15 children in New York City exhibiting symptoms, doctors and researchers have begun to link the novel coronavirus and Kawasaki disease, a somewhat rare inflammatory condition that affects blood vessels, causing a rash, red eyes, a fever and swollen hands and feet. (The Washington Post)

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Washington, DC now has an additional 400-plus beds due to a makeshift hospital created at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which will be ready to serve up to 100 patients this week. “The patients who will be coming here will be low acuity COVID-positive patients, meaning these are patients who need neither a ventilator or an ICU bed,” said DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. The city is currently at 71% capacity in its hospitals, not including the new additional beds. (WTOP)

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Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease doctor and leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will testify to the U.S. Senate today that reopening the economy too quickly could lead to “needless suffering and death.”

“The major message that I wish to convey … is the danger of trying to open the country prematurely,” Fauci wrote to The New York Times late Monday. “If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines … then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country.” (The Washington Post

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Global cases surpass 4 million; Northern Virginia leaders fight reopening

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There are over 4,123,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 1,329,799 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 283,055, and the United States’ at 79,528. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Monday morning, Virginia had 24,081 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,211 people hospitalized, 839 deaths and 141,936 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 5,892 to date, with 923 hospitalized and 239 deaths. Arlington has reported 1,368 cases with 260 hospitalized and 61 deaths. Alexandria has 1,193 cases with 139 hospitalized and 30 deaths. Loudoun County has 1,159 cases with 115 hospitalized and 30 deaths and Prince William County has 3,241 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 318 hospitalized and 52 deaths. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, tallied in at 62,940 in the DMV on Thursday morning. Maryland reported 32,587 cases, Virginia reported 24,081 and Washington, DC reported 6,272. The death toll has reached a total of 2,806, with 1,644 in Maryland, 839 in Virginia and 323 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

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In a joint letter written by the local leaders of Northern Virginia’s five largest jurisdictions, the region made it clear to Gov. Ralph Northam that it is not ready (and unwilling) to lift restrictions, which are likely being lifted in Phase 1 across the commonwealth starting Friday, May 15. (The Washington Post

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Hospitals in the DMV now say they are equipped to handle a surge of COVID-19 cases after spending millions of dollars over the last two months to gather protective gowns, masks and other necessary equipment. “We feel very good here about where we are right now,” said Inova President J. Stephen Jones, whose system includes five Northern Virginia hospitals. “We have been able to keep comfortably under this region’s capability to handle the number of cases.” With the region’s residents following social distancing orders, the slight slow rise in cases (rather than large spike overwhelming hospitals) allowed time to gather supplies and plan accordingly. (The Washington Post

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WMATA is discussing a new service plan, with no expectations of getting back to pre-pandemic levels until next spring. The company is already planning to continue limited service to the start of the school year, and is now aiming to rely heavily on elected leaders, federal officials, military brass and chief executives to keep passenger numbers low so rail cars and buses don’t become dangerously crowded and worsen the spread of infection, according to The Washington Post. WMATA is also hoping to reach local employers to encourage staggering work schedules and encouraging more telework to avoid high numbers of daily morning and evening commuters. (The Washington Post

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Two top economic advisors in the White House are projecting that the country’s unemployment rate is likely to reach 20% in the coming months, reaching far higher than what has been the worst numbers since The Great Depression. (The Washington Post

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Two West Wing staffers in the White House have tested positive for COVID-19, one being a personal valet for President Trump, and the other Mike Pence’s spokeswoman, Katie Miller. Some of the country’s top officials have decided to self-quarantine for two weeks while others plan to continue to report to work, including Vice President Mike Pence and Anthoney Fauci, the leader of the National Institute Of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (The Washington Post

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