What to Know August 9 – NBC4 Washington

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Some residents of Prince George County said they were turned down when they tried to take a second coronavirus test.

A sign reading “No Retest” was seen during a test show on Saturday in Chillum. County officials said the sign was being removed and that all Georgian princes should be tested if “they are symptomatic, are exposed or suspected of being exposed to a positive case or are part of a county contact tracing case investigation.

It comes as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signaled a new low for the state’s positivity rate and for several counties, including Prince George. The state recorded a positivity rate of 3.75% and the county of 5.53%.

The Virginia Department of Health said a technical glitch resulted in the reporting of cases that should have been reported on Wednesday and Thursday.

However, even on average over the past week, the rush of new cases indicates Virginia could still be in that wave.

Data from Maryland and DC support the idea that the rise in these areas is easing for now. And the proportion of positive cases in Maryland fell below 4% for the first time.

Disagreements are brewing between leaders in suburban Maryland and the governor’s office over two key fall events: the election and back to school.

Governor Larry Hogan wants all voting centers in Maryland to be open for the November election after long lines and delays during the primaries.

Prince George County Leader Angela Alsobrooks sharply criticized the governor’s plan and accused him of putting “politics before health and safety. It proposes several things, including the opening of just 15 polling stations in the county on election day and the expansion of early voting.

The State Council of Elections on Friday to consider their recommendations to Governor XX

The Montgomery County School Board has confirmed a plan for public schools to run the first semester of online classes. There was a fight between the county and the state over whether private schools could run in-person classes.

Health worker Travis Gayles reissued an order on Wednesday demanding that non-public schools remain closed until October 1.


What the data show

DC, Maryland and Virginia are each making progress to reduce the number of new cases added each day on average. But the levels are still significantly higher than they were a month ago.

Virginia reported 841 new cases on Sunday.

More than a million Marylanders have been tested for the coronavirus, the governor said Friday. As testing increases, fewer cases in the state are coming back indicating infection, Hogan said.

The state has set a new record for the daily positivity rate at 2.75%.

DC saw the highest jump on record since July 21 with 100 topical cases on Sunday.

The map below shows the number of coronavirus cases diagnosed per 1,000 population.

Coronavirus cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia

COVID-19 cases by population in DC and by county in Maryland and Virginia


Local headlines on the coronavirus

  • New research conducted by the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, has revealed racial disparities in how the coronavirus affects children. Read more.
  • Virginia deployed a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. Read more.
  • A group of frontline workers and union leaders at the Washington DC VA Medical Center said the agency was not guaranteeing workers potentially exposed to COVID-19 time off work to prevent the spread of the virus. Read more.
  • Several parents are asking for the right to send their children to private school in person in Montgomery County, Maryland. Read more.
  • A new study from the University of Virginia estimates that very few Virginians have COVID-19 antibodies. Read more.
  • Some MGM National Harbor dealers say that between positive coronavirus cases and quarantines, the casino is losing employees. Read more.
  • Anyone who has recently attended services at a Catholic church in Washington are advised to self-quarantine after the pastor, who has criticized coronavirus restrictions, tests positive for the virus. Read more.
  • American Airlines says a flight from Virginia was delayed after a passenger refused to comply with its policy requiring a face mask. Read more.

Reopening of the Tracker

  • Private and parochial schools in Maryland can choose when to reopen after a back-and-forth between county health officials and the governor. Read more.
  • Prince George County is revising its phase two reopening order due to an increase in coronavirus cases, according to the county executive office.
  • Virginia entered phase three of the reopening on July 1, easing restrictions on restaurants, stores, gyms and swimming pools. Northam said more restrictions could be implemented if cases continue to grow.
  • Prince George County entered full phase two on June 23, allowing the MGM casino and gymnasiums to reopen.
  • DC, entered phase two on June 22, allowing the reopening of indoor restaurants, gyms, libraries and places of worship with restrictions.
  • Montgomery County entered phase two on June 19, reopening gyms, places of worship, restaurants and indoor stores with restrictions.
  • Maryland entered the second phase of the reopening on June 10, allowing indoor dining, outdoor pools and outdoor entertainment to reopen.

How to stay safe

There are ways to lower your risk of catching coronavirus. Here are the CDC guidelines:

  • Anyone over 2 years old must wear a mask or face mask. Keep it on your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often. When you do, scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. As a backup, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone living outside your home. This means staying six feet from anyone outside your circle, even if you are wearing masks.
  • Always cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Sophia Barnes, Andrea Swalec and Anisa Holmes contributed to this report



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