Worldwide coronavirus cases reaches almost 1 million; Virginia predicts surge in April and May

Northern Virginia’s daily update on COVID-19 and how it’s impacting the region.

Covid-19 outbreak map
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There are over 950,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, around the world and 202,342 people have recovered. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has been keeping up-to-date information through an interactive map.

Virginia now has 1,484 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 208 people hospitalized, 34 deaths and 15,344 people tested. You can keep up with the commonwealth’s daily updates here. (Virginia Department of Health)

Local
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the DMV surged past 4,000 on April 1. The numbers now stand at 1,484 in Virginia, 1,986 in Maryland and 590 in Washington, DC. Virginia and Maryland reported single-day records again for the number of new cases on Wednesday, a pattern that has been consistent for the past 10 days. (The Washington Post

Local
Gov. Ralph Northam said the commonwealth is looking into computer models to estimate the outbreak’s most severe stage, which is predicted to be between late April and late May, before leveling off. (The Washington Post

Local
For the second straight week, The Salvation Army in Fairfax is offering groceries to those who need them. The local facility assisted 120 families last week. “They get canned vegetables, they get canned meat, peanut butter, cereal … we offer a cleanup kit and, currently, we have fresh produce to offer,” said Maj. Jean Wilson, corp officer for the Salvation Army in Fairfax County. Interested? Call first for a pickup time. (WTOP

Regional
Two more DC firefighters have tested positive for the virus, bringing the department’s total to 21. In the police department, 12 additional cases have been confirmed. (The Washington Post

Regional
Traffic in North America dropped in the last two weeks in March (as reported by Transurban, the company that operates regional toll lanes around the DMV), down 47% in the third week and 65% the fourth. The significant drops accounted for a decrease in 23% of use in the toll lanes as drivers use less-traveled highways, and drops are expected to be even more significant in April. (WTOP)

The spread of COVID-19 continues to impact the Northern Virginia region on a daily basis. If you’re looking for ways to stay entertained at home, check out our Things to Do page, and stay up to date by subscribing to our weekly newsletters.

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