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Virginia sees surge in new COVID-19 cases; Arlington eliminates library late fees

There are currently 11,852,102 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,996,098 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 544,722, and the United States’ at 131,480. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Wednesday morning, Virginia had 66,740 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,512 people hospitalized, 1,881 deaths and 725,327 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 14,191 to date, with 1,681 hospitalized and 495 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,550 cases with 422 hospitalized and 131 deaths. Alexandria has 2,399 cases with 241 hospitalized and 57 deaths. Loudoun County has 4,252 cases with 280 hospitalized and 93 deaths and Prince William County has 9,543 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 844 hospitalized and 172 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 147,705 in the DMV on Wednesday morning. Maryland reported 70,396 cases, Virginia reported 66,740 and Washington, DC reported 10,569. The death toll has reached a total of 5,582, with 3,140 in Maryland, 1,881 in Virginia and 561 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
One day after Virginia reported no deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since the pandemic started, cases are surging back up across the commonwealth. In the DMV’s reports on Tuesday, Maryland announced an increase of 492 cases, Washington, DC reported an increase of 54 cases and Virginia came in with the highest total, an increase of 638 positive cases of COVID-19. The news comes as cases across the country are surging in areas that saw minimal “first waves” of the coronavirus, including Florida, Texas, Arizona and the nearby Carolinas. (WUSA9

Local
Arlington Public Library has permanently eliminated all overdue late fees, with the goal of making the library’s collections more accessible to all Arlington County residents. The loss in revenue of overdue fees is expected to be $10,000, but a fine for losing library materials will remain in place, which the county says should cover the gap in the budget for 2021. The news also comes as many across the region were told to hold on to their library books and not return them until libraries were able to reopen safely and process book returns. (ARL Now

Regional
In Prince George’s County, Maryland, the affluent, metropolitan county in the DMV reported it’s 19,000th confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, giving the county a higher count than 20 states across the country, despite having a smaller population than all but five of them. The county is sometimes known as the “wealthiest Black county in America,” ranking in the top 30 counties for the highest population of Black residents, but the wealth has not shielded the effects of the spread and impact of the novel coronavirus. (WUSA9

National
The White House is pressing schools to reopen in the fall, with several efforts to pressure governors and local school board leaders across the country to have full, in-person instruction, as well as requiring all international university-level students to have at least one in-person class to retain their student visas. Several states have already established that K through 12 schools will reopen partially for in-person instruction, with the option of all virtual schooling with the guidance of parents/guardians. (The Washington Post

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Virginia reports no new deaths from COVID-19; Nationals cite testing concerns

There are currently 11,647,399 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,938,624 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 538,780, and the United States’ at 130,306. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Tuesday morning, Virginia had 66,102 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,435 people hospitalized, 1,853 deaths and 712,350 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 14,205 to date, with 1,662 hospitalized and 495 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,533 cases with 421 hospitalized and 131 deaths. Alexandria has 2,380 cases with 240 hospitalized and 57 deaths. Loudoun County has 4,216 cases with 278 hospitalized and 90 deaths and Prince William County has 9,479 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 825 hospitalized and 171 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 146,521 in the DMV on Tuesday morning. Maryland reported 69,904 cases, Virginia reported 66,102 and Washington, DC reported 10,515. The death toll has reached a total of 5,535, with 3,121 in Maryland, 1,853 in Virginia and 561 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Virginia reported no new coronavirus deaths on July 6, for the first time in three months, and reported an increase of 354 new cases. Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC reported 659 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the region’s total to more than 146,000 since the start of the pandemic. The daily increase is the smallest amount reported in the DMV since April 3. (The Washington Post

Regional
The Washington Nationals canceled their workout scheduled for yesterday, July 6, after the team’s general manager cited a lack of test results from the COVID-19 tests taken on Friday. Mike Rizzo, the general manager, said in a statement that the entire team was tested on Friday, the first day of Summer Training Camp, to meet the league’s current protocol and three days later, the team has yet to receive the results. On Sunday, two players tested positive for COVID-19. (WTOP

National
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Monday that international students at colleges and universities must leave the country if they are not taking in-person classes in the fall semester. The announcement has sent university officials scrambling and plenty of questions unanswered about the upcoming school year. (The Washington Post

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Virginia reports COVID-19 increase; Nationals players test positive

There are currently 11,471,225 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,888,729 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 534,784, and the United States’ at 129,947. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Monday morning, Virginia had 65,748 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,418 people hospitalized, 1,853 deaths and 706,588 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 14,153 to date, with 1,660 hospitalized and 496 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,533 cases with 421 hospitalized and 131 deaths. Alexandria has 2,376 cases with 239 hospitalized and 57 deaths. Loudoun County has 4,207 cases with 278 hospitalized and 90 deaths and Prince William County has 9,465 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 823 hospitalized and 171 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 145,862 in the DMV on Monday morning. Maryland reported 69,632 cases, Virginia reported 65,748 and Washington, DC reported 10,482 The death toll has reached a total of 5,530, with 3,118 in Maryland, 1,853 in Virginia and 559 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Fairfax County teachers are advocating to stay out of the classroom this fall, insisting they need a safe workplace to keep their families safe, while still providing education for the region’s students. The county’s plan still remains for teachers and students to be able to opt for full-time remote learning, or hybrid in-person and virtual learning. Students and teachers must let the county know of their decision by July 10. (WTOP)

Local
Two Washington Nationals players have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the proposed shortened MLB season. The two players, who the organization did not identify, were found positive during intake testing after the 60-player team was to return to Washington, DC for modified spring training. (WTOP

Statewide
Both Virginia and Northern Virginia reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in almost a month on Saturday, July 4. NoVA reported 256 new cases, and 716 statewide. “Northern Virginia now accounts for 50.1% of the state’s total of 65,109 cases, the health department reported. Northern Virginia’s share of the total cases, once nearly 60%, has been slowly declining in recent weeks,” according to InsideNoVA. For a breakdown by locality, check here. (InsideNoVA

National
The United States reported 43,347 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with Arizona and Nevada reporting their highest numbers of coronavirus hospitalizations to date. Seven-day case averages in 12 states hit new highs, with the most significant upticks in West Virginia, Tennessee and Montana. (The Washington Post

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NoVA unemployment rate drops; DC celebration still planned

There are currently 10,717,158 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,686,587 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 516,738, and the United States’ at 128,062. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Thursday morning, Virginia had 63,203 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,262 people hospitalized, 1,786 deaths and 655,958 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 13,864 to date, with 1,622 hospitalized and 488 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,484 cases with 418 hospitalized and 132 deaths. Alexandria has 2,325 cases with 237 hospitalized and 57 deaths. Loudoun County has 4,047 cases with 279 hospitalized and 87 deaths and Prince William County has 9,175 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 803 hospitalized and 168 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 141,486 in the DMV on Thursday morning. Maryland reported 67,918 cases, Virginia reported 63,203 and Washington, DC reported 10,365. The death toll has reached a total of 5,416, with 3,077 in Maryland, 1,786 in Virginia and 553 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Northern Virginia’s unemployment rate declined in May, following national trends as the country begins to rebound from the initial economic fallout of the global pandemic. The region’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.6%, down from 10% in April, and the state unemployment rate fell 1.8 percentage points in May, down to 9.4%. (InsideNoVA

Regional
Washington, DC’s fireworks and Fourth of July celebration are still scheduled for this year, and the host, President Trump, is encouraging attendees to stay 6 feet apart on the National Mall. Cloth face coverings will be distributed to attendees (totaling 300,000 available) and Metro plans to run more trains to accommodate for the crowds. Flyovers by the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels are planned and the fireworks show will begin at 9:07 p.m. (The Washington Post

National
The United States reported 52,789 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, marking the largest single-day total since the start of the pandemic. California, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia all broke their previous single-day records. Arizona reported a record number of coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday as intensive care units approached 90% capacity. (The Washington Post

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Virginia enters phase three today; Gov. Northam closes bars

There are currently 10,499,833 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,636,538 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 511,860, and the United States’ at 127,425. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Wednesday morning, Virginia had 62,787 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,203 people hospitalized, 1,763 deaths and 642,371 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 13,850 to date, with 1,613 hospitalized and 488 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,479 cases with 418 hospitalized and 132 deaths. Alexandria has 2,325 cases with 238 hospitalized and 57 deaths. Loudoun County has 4,000 cases with 275 hospitalized and 87 deaths and Prince William County has 9,113 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 799 hospitalized and 166 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 140,673 in the DMV on Wednesday morning. Maryland reported 67,559 cases, Virginia reported 62,787 and Washington, DC reported 10,327. The death toll has reached a total of 5,376, with 3,062 in Maryland, 1,763 in Virginia and 551 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Just one day before the commonwealth was to enter phase three of the “Forward Virginia” reopening plan, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that bars and restaurant bars would not be permitted to reopen fully. Instead, bars are able to continue operating under phase two restrictions. (WTOP)

Local
Attorney General Mark Herring on Tuesday said he has successfully defended Virginia’s “mask or face-covering requirement” against a legal challenge brought by a Fauquier County winery owner, according to InsideNoVA. Philip Carter Strother brought the suit on behalf of Philip Carter Winery, challenging Gov. Ralph Northam’s ability to order the use of face coverings, and claiming the order conflicted with the criminal statute barring the wearing of a mask in public “with the intent to conceal his identity.” (InsideNoVA

Local
Loudoun County Public Schools has announced two options for school in the fall: Parents can either send their students to locations for a portion of every week, or they can keep their children home for full-time distance learning. Parents and teachers must indicate their preference by July 13. (The Washington Post)

National
Seven-day averages of new infections are higher than they were a week ago in 45 states across the country, according to reports on Tuesday. Six states are also shattering previously set records, including Texas, Arizona, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Idaho and Alaska. (The Washington Post)

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NoVA to enter phase three tomorrow; Loudoun reports teen outbreak

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

Regional
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!)

Local
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)

Local
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

Regional
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

National
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

Global
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

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WMATA continues COVID-19 adjustments; Global cases surpass 10 million

There are currently 10,154,984 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,549,069 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 502,048, and the United States’ at 125,803. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Monday morning, Virginia had 61,736 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,136 people hospitalized, 1,732 deaths and 625,663 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 13,778 to date, with 1,607 hospitalized and 473 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,464 cases with 417 hospitalized and 132 deaths. Alexandria has 2,312 cases with 238 hospitalized and 57 deaths. Loudoun County has 3,932 cases with 265 hospitalized and 87 deaths and Prince William County has 9,019 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 790 hospitalized and 160 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 138,761 in the DMV on Monday morning. Maryland reported 66,777 cases, Virginia reported 61,736 and Washington, DC reported 10,248. The death toll has reached a total of 5,324, with 3,042 in Maryland, 1,732 in Virginia and 550 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
WMATA is rerouting certain bus routes to accommodate for an increase in ridership starting today, June 29. The agency is adding 136 trips across 14 routes, including lines 54, 70, 92, 30N, 30S, A4, A6, A8, P6, V4, W4, F4, P12 and T18. The additional routes aim to avoid overcrowding in buses on the region’s busiest bus routes as the DMV continues to reopen during the pandemic. As a reminder, Metro also reopened several stations yesterday, including Clarendon and Virginia Square after a months-long shutdown due to COVID-19. (WTOP)

National
Florida, Texas and Arizona are emerging as the nation’s newest epicenters, as positive rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have spiked. All three locations reported record-breaking highs of new infections for weeks in a row. In response, testing centers have been overwhelmed with residents, leading to long lines and extended wait times. (The Washington Post

Global
The world hit several grim milestones over the weekend, with over 500,000 deaths reported from the novel coronavirus, and the confirmed number of cases surpassing 10 million. The United States accounts for the most deaths by far, with over 125,000 losing their lives to COVID-19. (The Washington Post)

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NoVA unemployment claims near 250,000; CDC projects 24 million cases

There are currently 9,632,969 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,422,312 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 489,854, and the United States’ at 124,415. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Friday morning, Virginia had 59,946 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,995 people hospitalized, 1,675 deaths and 590,404 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 13,611 to date, with 1,586 hospitalized and 457 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,445 cases with 416 hospitalized and 127 deaths. Alexandria has 2,271 cases with 231 hospitalized and 50 deaths. Loudoun County has 3,739 cases with 261 hospitalized and 85 deaths and Prince William County has 8,855 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 777 hospitalized and 158 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 135,882 in the DMV on Friday morning. Maryland reported 65,777 cases, Virginia reported 59,946 and Washington, DC reported 10,159. The death toll has reached a total of 5,219, with 3,001 in Maryland, 1,675 in Virginia and 543 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Unemployment claims in Northern Virginia are nearing 250,000 since the pandemic began in mid-March. “The Virginia Employment Commission reported Thursday that 5,279 Northern Virginia residents filed initial claims for unemployment benefits in the week ending June 20. That was down 9.2% from the preceding week and marks the 11th straight week of declines since a high of 47,708 claims filed in the week ending April 4. However, it is still 10 times pre-pandemic levels. And the total number of first-time claims filed since March 15 from the region is now 248,942,” reported InsideNoVA. (InsideNoVA)

Local
More changes are coming to this year’s scheduled Marine Corps Marathon. In order to still host the late-October event, the MCM is planning to keep a time limit on all participants (an average of 12 minutes per mile), as well as send participants out in waves to avoid large gatherings. The organization is encouraging people to participate virtually for the 45th annual event as well, and more details are sure to come as we get closer to the fall. (Marine Corps Marathon

Regional
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is encouraging local residents to stay home for the July 4 holiday this year, amidst the coronavirus pandemic. “We want to send a message to our residents to enjoy the Fourth of July, to celebrate, according to our guidance, and to do it at home,” Bowser said during a Thursday press conference. “It’s also critical that we remember that, not just on the Fourth of July, but as we move through our phase two reopening, that the virus has not disappeared. It is still in our community,” Bowser said.” (WTOP

National
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Robert Redfield warned on Thursday that the nation’s actual number of coronavirus cases could be 10 times higher than what officials have confirmed through testing. This estimate indicates that not 2.4 million would have tested positive for the virus, but that 24 million would have. (The Washington Post

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DMV seeks to avoid COVID-19 spikes; WMATA to reopen Silver Line

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

Regional
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!)

Local
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

Local
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

Local
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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Virginia to enter phase three on July 1; Northam announces safety mandates

There are currently 9,273,773 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 2,347,102 confirmed cases across the country. The global total number of deaths stands at 477,807, and the United States’ at 121,225. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

As of Wednesday morning, Virginia had 58,994 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,913 people hospitalized, 1,645 deaths and 565,835 people tested. Fairfax has the highest total number of cases, with 13,579 to date, with 1,570 hospitalized and 445 deaths. Arlington has reported 2,431 cases with 414 hospitalized and 126 deaths. Alexandria has 2,248 cases with 239 hospitalized and 49 deaths. Loudoun County has 3,632 cases with 255 hospitalized and 84 deaths and Prince William County has 8,745 cases (including Manassas and Manassas City), with 769 hospitalized and 155 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 134,095 in the DMV on Wednesday morning. Maryland reported 65,007 cases, Virginia reported 58,994 and Washington, DC reported 10,094. The death toll has reached a total of 5,145, with 2,963 in Maryland, 1,645 in Virginia and 537 in DC. (Virginia Department of Health; Maryland Department of Health; Stay Home DC!)

Local
Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday that Virginia will enter phase three on July 1, with the option for counties and jurisdictions to delay the third phase of reopening if needed. The new phase will allow gatherings of up to 250 people, as well as lifted restrictions on restaurants, fitness centers and retail stores, as well as the reopening of entertainment venues. Read our breakdown here. (Northern Virginia Magazine

Local
Fairfax County Public Schools has announced the option of two plans for parents and students in the 2020-2021 school year, including 100% virtual online learning, or face-to-face instruction in school buildings for two days a week (and virtual learning for the rest). The Fairfax County superintendent said it is unlikely that students will go back into school buildings on the day school is supposed to start. Along with the two options for parents, educators also have the same options, opting for entirely socially distant teaching, or part-time in school buildings and part-time at home. (WTOP

Statewide
Virginia is the first state to announce its own set of coronavirus-era safety rules that companies must implement to protect workers from infection. Announced on Tuesday by Gov. Ralph Northam, the temporary emergency safety rules were drafted after the lack of enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The state’s safety mandates (which will be voted on this week) include the development of policies by employers for workers dealing with coronavirus-like symptoms, while prohibiting those with the coronavirus from showing up to work. “The new rules would force companies to notify workers of possible exposure to infected co-workers within 24 hours, while also mandating physical distancing as well as sanitation, disinfection and hand-washing procedures,” reported The Washington Post. (The Washington Post

National
New coronavirus cases continue to reach new records in over 33 states across the country, with Arizona, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas reporting the highest hospitalizations since the pandemic began in March. (The Washington Post

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