Here are some of the most significant and recent developments as the region responds to the new coronavirus pandemic, which causes covid-19 disease:
• A group of scientists advising the Virginia government said on Monday that social distancing in the state seemed to be working, and their models show that state hospitals have enough beds to handle the new coronavirus pandemic for the next few months. if current trends continue.
• DC officials have said Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) will decide this week to extend school and business closings beyond the current end date of April 24, and Maryland governor Larry Hogan ( R) said he was speaking with scientists, doctors and business leaders on how and when to safely lift the Maryland restrictions.
• Across the country, in Maryland and Virginia, 3,173 patients with coronavirus were hospitalized during the epidemic, according to figures from state health departments. The number of hospitalizations is up this week compared to last week, but is below the figures predicted in a wave which authorities say could start as early as mid-April.
• An inmate from Jessup Correctional Facility was the first Maryland state prisoner to die from Covid-19, and Carroll County officials announced six other deaths related to the Pleasant View nursing home, bearing the Total number of deaths in this facility from 104 beds to 24. Officials have also announced the first death of an inmate in Washington prison.
April 14, 2020, 6:37 a.m. EDT
GW to convert empty dormitory into temporary accommodation for medical staff
George Washington University has opened 65 dormitories on its Foggy Bottom campus to house health professionals fighting the new coronavirus, university officials said, amid tensions with some students who protested at seeing themselves refuse the possibility of recovering their personal effects.
Munson Hall rooms, outfitted with kitchens and bathrooms, will be available to medical personnel who cannot or will not come to their homes, said Barbara L. Bass, vice president of health affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine. and health sciences.
“As we navigate the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, this is one way for GW to show our support for the hard-working and dedicated healthcare teams,” Bass said in a statement.
The announcement comes as the district prepares for a wave of patients. What started as a few cases in early March exploded to more than 16,000 reported cases and over 400 deaths in the district, Maryland and Virginia. City officials say hospitalizations will peak in June, and some doctors and other hospital staff who will be exposed to the virus should choose alternative accommodation rather than risk spreading it to their families.
Through Lauren Lumpkin
April 14, 2020 at 6:16 a.m. EDT
Prominent Virginia pastor who said, “God is greater than this dreaded virus” dies of Covid-19
A prominent evangelical pastor in the Richmond area died on Easter Eve after contracting the new coronavirus.
Archbishop Gerald Glenn, founder and leader since 1995 of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, was the first black chaplain of the community’s police force and was a police officer before becoming a pastor, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Sunday .
He was a friend and a pillar of the religious community of the region, the American senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tweeted Sunday.
“My heart breaks when I learn this morning that Bishop Gerald Glenn, pastor of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, died yesterday from COVID-19,” said Kaine. “Let everyone do the same. “
Glenn preached in church about the virus in March before he got sick, encouraging people not to be afraid. On March 22, five days after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) urged people to “avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people,” Glenn told his congregation that “I firmly believe that God is more big than that dreaded virus, “According to a video released on April 6 by Richmond WTVR.
Through Michelle Boorstein