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Maryland and Washington, DC: Latest updates on coronavirus

As of April 10, Maryland is reporting 6,968 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 171 deaths associated with the virus, according to Maryland.gov. This makes it 14th in the list of states for the most US coronavirus cases. Confirmed cases have been reported in 24 out of 24 counties in the state. There have been a total of 37,480 negative tests.

As of 7 p.m. local time April 9, Washington, D.C. reported 1,660 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 38 deaths associated with it, according to public health authorities in D.C. This makes it 32nd in the list of states for the most US coronavirus cases. A total of 9,355 people in D.C. have been tested for the virus. So far, 426 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the District.

Maryland updates:
-The new COVIDConnect registry will provide a community for Marylanders who have recovered from COVID-19. This registry will show ways this community can participate in studies about COVID-19 treatment. Learn more at http://health.maryland.gov/covidconnect.

-Data released April 9 shows that in Maryland, 42.7% of COVID-19 cases are black, 31.9% are white and 11.8% are Asian or another race. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan found these disparities "troubling," according to The Baltimore Sun, given that roughly 30% of Maryland’s population is Black and almost 60% is white, according to U.S. Census data.

-If the coronavirus pandemic continues, schools in Maryland might remain online-only in the fall, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday (April 8), according to the Baltimore Sun. 

-Marylanders are now under a under a "stay at home" order that Hogan issued March 30. If you have a question about the order, here are answers to 10 commonly asked queries, according to the Baltimore Sun.

-In Baltimore, the downtown convention center and hotel are being turned into a field hospital with 6,000 beds Latest Washington News, according to the Baltimore Sun. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is also shutting down nonessential businesses, the Baltimore Sun reported.

-For a list of closures and postponements in Maryland, read this list in the Baltimore Sun. This includes the state's universities, which are starting online classes on Monday (March 23). The state's K-12 schools are already closed until at least April 24, according to The Washington Post.

-Maryland has released guidelines on how testing will be carried out for COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. Testing will be given to those at highest risk of developing severe COVID-19; people who are mildly ill should not go to emergency rooms, but are advised to remain home and take guidance from their health care providers, according to NBC news. 

-Hogan has used his emergency powers to curtail hospital visits, close senior centers, suspend prison visits and banned gatherings of more than 10 people as a tactic to fight the spread of the virus, according to The Washington Post. The governor also activated the National Guard, shut down the cruise ship terminal at the Port of Baltimore and closed public access to state buildings, including the State House in Annapolis, The Washington Post reported. 

-The state is also canceling evictions and expanding the state's medical capabilities, NBC news reported. If you need help paying for housing, here is a list of resources compiled by the Baltimore Sun.



Here is the breakdown of illnesses by county in Maryland:

Allegany: 10
Anne Arundel: 554 cases; 16 deaths
Baltimore City: 689 cases; 17 deaths
Baltimore County: 1,072 cases; 21 deaths
Calvert : 66 cases; 1 death
Caroline: 12
Carroll: 214 cases; 19 deaths
Cecil: 64 cases; 1 death
Charles: 220 cases; 4 deaths
Dorchester: 7
Frederick: 289 cases; 9 deaths
Garrett: 4
Harford: 110
Howard: 319 cases; 5 deaths
Kent: 9
Montgomery: 1,388 cases; 34 deaths
Prince George's: 1,716 cases; 42 deaths
Queen Anne's: 17
St. Mary's: 71
Somerset: 4
Talbot: 13 cases; 1 death
Washington: 66
Wicomico: 28 cases; 1 death
Worcester: 16
Cases by age range:

0-9: 36
10-19: 146
20-29: 772
30-39: 1,205 cases; 5 deaths
40-49: 1,281 cases; 5 deaths
50-59: 1,421 cases; 20 deaths
60-69: 1,051 cases; 32 deaths
70-79: 685 cases; 51 deaths
80+: 371 cases; 58 deaths

District of Columbia updates
Here is the breakdown of positive COVID-19 diagnoses by ward in Washington, D.C., from the greatest to the least amount of positive cases:

Ward 4: 267
Ward 6: 255
Ward 7: 238
Ward 5: 210
Ward 8: 192
Ward 1: 183
Ward 2: 145
Ward 3: 128
Unknown: 42
-For a detailed breakdown of age, race and ward, go to the D.C. government's COVID-19 page.

-The D.C. Council passed relief for locals on Tuesday (April 7), including legislation that freezes rent hikes and bills that make it easier for inmates to be released early, according to The Washington Post. This legislation will become law once Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser signs it.

-The District government has issued a stay-at-home order and mandated that all nonessential businesses close. Press Release Distribution Service Those exempt include places providing healthcare, food and essential supplies. If you suspect a nonessential business is still operating its brick-and-mortar location, call 311. 

-Gatherings of 10 people or more in the District is prohibited, according to a government news statement.

-Bowser has directed that $15 million of the District’s contingency cash reserve fund be used to buy ventilators, personal protective equipment, testing supplies, medical supplies and other necessary equipment  to fight COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to a news statement from the government. 

-Public schools are closed in Washington, D.C. until at least April 24. If any children need free meals, they can visit any of these 16schools in Washington, D.C. 

-Many of D.C.'s landmarks are also closing to visitors, including Arlington National Cemetery, The Smithsonian Institution's museums and the National Zoo, according to CNN. In D.C., health spas, massage establishments and theaters will also shut shown, LaQuandra Nesbitt, the D.C. health director, told The Washington Post.

-To learn which city services and public transportation options are still available in Washington, D.C, go here. 

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