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Coronavirus in the DMV: September 26

The coronavirus impact on the DMV continues. Here are the updates for September 26.

WASHINGTON — The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) remains present around the country, as well as here in the DMV. Things like masks and social distancing are the most important to help combat the spread of the virus.

This blog details the latest updates on the coronavirus in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Check-in each day for what’s new, where each part of the DMV is at in its phased reopening plan and what direction the coronavirus trend is headed.


Have a question? Text it to us at 202-895-5599.

Updates on coronavirus cases come from health departments between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. every day.

Tracking the Coronavirus

  • D.C.'s coronavirus case average has plateaued, averaging the same number of cases Saturday as two weeks ago
  • As of Saturday, Maryland is averaging 461 cases new cases of coronavirus a day, an 18% decrease from two weeks ago
  • Virginia is now averaging 821 cases of coronavirus a day. Two weeks ago the commonwealth was averaging over 1,000 cases.
  • Virginia health officials reported 8 coronavirus deaths Saturday, a number much closer to its average, following an issue with backlog of reported deaths.

Reopening the DMV

The latest in reopening news:

  • D.C. announced a pilot that will allow a limited number of venues to host live entertainment. Here are the details.
  • Maryland has entered the third and final stage of its reopening plan, with all businesses able to reopen. Details on what Phase 3 looks like here.
  • Montgomery County has adjusted some of its Phase 2 guidelines. More here
  • Prince George's County, Maryland, remains in Phase 2, but released additional reopenings. Here's a look.
  • Metro returns to a normal schedule with masks and social distancing still required. Here's the latest.

Previous Updates

September 25:

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for coronavirus. Here's what we know
  • Virginia is still dealing with a back log in reported coronavirus deaths, but overall the average number of cases in the commonwealth is down 17% from where it was two weeks ago.
  • In Maryland, the average number of coronavirus cases is also down about 16%
  • Maryland is averaging 7 deaths from the coronavirus a day. As of Friday, it's been averaging single-digit deaths for the past 10 days.
  • Maryland health officials have conducted nearly 2.5 million coronavirus tests, including almost 30,000 in the last 24 hours.
  • D.C. is averaging 44 cases of coronavirus per day. It's been hovering around that number for the past two weeks.
  • On Friday, D.C. health officials reported 2 deaths from the coronavirus. Breaking its most recent streak of no new deaths at four days.

Read previous updates here.

What precautions should you take?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Check the status of the virus in your state with your state health department's websites by tapping below:

D.C. Coronavirus Surveillance Data

Virginia Department of Health

Maryland Department of Health