Here are some of the most significant and recent developments as the region responds to the pandemic of the coronavirus that causes the disease covid-19:
• Maryland announced the state’s first death from coronavirus, a Prince George’s County resident in his 60s who had underlying health issues. Earlier, the state added 23 coronavirus cases Wednesday, while Virginia added 10. The District announced eight new cases.
• As many as 73 D.C. firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians have self-quarantined after they potentially were exposed to the coronavirus. Union officials said they do not think it will impact the department’s ability to cover shifts.
• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said in a Fox News interview that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that state schools may have to close for the rest of the school year.
• George Washington University Hospital and GW Medical Faculty Associates set up a tent at their Foggy Bottom campus for patients suspected of having covid-19 — an effort to keep them separate from the general population. Critical cases will be admitted into the hospital.