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The greater Washington region’s total number of novel coronavirus cases sits at 338 on Friday. Maryland added 42 cases Friday, bringing the state’s total to 150. Virginia reported 22 more cases Friday, for a total of 116. The District reported 32 new patients Thursday evening, its highest single-day increase, for a total of 72.

Here are some of the most significant and recent developments as the region responds to the pandemic of the coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19:

• The District Department of Health said the first known death in the city as a result of the virus is that of a 59-year-old man who was admitted to a hospital last week. The man had fever and a cough, as well as other underlying medical conditions, health officials said.

• A Baltimore County resident in his 60s who suffered from underlying medical conditions has become the second known person to die of coronavirus in Maryland.

Governor Larry Hogan (R) announced the death in a statement Friday evening.

• D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced that traditional public schools will remain closed until April 27. The mayor had announced earlier this month that schools would be closed through March.

• The number of D.C. police officers who have self-quarantined, that is isolated themselves, because of the coronavirus has grown to more than 70.

12:55 a.m.
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As nine new coronavirus cases and one death are reported in D.C., city extends restrictions

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Friday extended school and restaurant closures and a ban on large gatherings through the end of April, following the first known covid-19 death in the nation’s capital and a spike in coronavirus patients.

As of now, similar restrictions in place in Virginia and Maryland, which reported its second novel coronavirus death Friday evening.

Bowser (D) also closed playgrounds and extended the city’s prohibition of on-site service at restaurants and bars and the closure of theaters, gyms and spas until April 25. The measures underscore a new reality for Washingtonians: No school, church, dining out or visits to the movie theater or gym for at least six weeks. The District announced nine new coronavirus cases Friday night.

“I cannot stress enough that the threat of this virus poses very serious consequences for our community,” the mayor said. “It does not discriminate based on age, race or gender. Everyone can get it and pass it on.”

For more on today’s news about how the DMV is responding to the pandemic, read here

12:10 a.m.
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Maryland announces second coronavirus death

A Baltimore County resident in his 60s who suffered from underlying medical conditions has become the second known person to die of coronavirus in the state.

Governor Larry Hogan (R) announced the death in a statement Friday evening.

“A second Marylander has lost his life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,” Hogan said in the statement. “On behalf of our entire state, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and to all those who loved him.”

“As the number of positive cases in Maryland continues to dramatically rise, we need everyone to take this seriously,” Hogan continued. “This is a public health crisis like nothing we have ever faced before - we are all in this together, and we will get through this together.”

11:47 p.m.
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Coronavirus cases announced at American University and Georgetown University

American University announced four additional confirmed cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the school’s total number to five. Georgetown University announced its first confirmed case, a student who is now being treated at home.

Two of the infected people at American University are students who live off campus and had recently returned from Spain. A third student had not returned to campus after spring break and was diagnosed at his or her home outside of Washington, D.C. A graduate of the university who attended a school event in early March notified the school of his or her positive results, according to school officials.

On Friday, Georgetown announced that one of its students had tested positive for covid-19. The student did not have roommates, according to school officials, and had become ill Sunday after leaving campus the previous week.

The student’s parents visited campus Thursday before the test results were known to move the student’s belongings out of a dorm. The affected areas are being cleaned and disinfected.

11:29 p.m.
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Local leaders ask Maryland officials to use schools for daycare for first responders

Six Maryland county executives and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young are asking Karen Salmon, Maryland’s superintendent of schools, to allow them to use schools for child care services for health workers and essential staff.

They wrote in a letter to Salmon on Wednesday that they were “surprised and disappointed” that their school superintendents were told by Salmon that they would not be allowed to use the facilities for daycare.

“If this decision is not reversed, the opening of childcare for our essential workers’ children will be delayed,” they wrote in the letter, obtained by The Washington Post. “Time is of the essence.”

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced an emergency order last Saturday loosening some regulations on daycare facilities and giving Salmon the ability to work with regional and local officials to make childcare facilities available quickly to health care workers and essential employees.

Salmon’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hogan spokeswoman Mike Ricci declined to comment.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman (D) said in an interview that the seven officials were shocked when the state schools superintendent rejected the use of schools in any plans. He said the county executives are now looking at alternative options.

“We’re moving on,” Pittman said. “We had a plan that we thought would have gotten us opened up by today.”

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) and Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks signed the letter.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball (D) said the county plans to open its first child care facility at Howard County General Hospital on Monday for children of first responders and essential personnel.

“We are rapidly working on opening other childcare facilities to expand these much needed services for other essential workers. Having access to schools is critical to this effort and why I joined the other County Executives in requesting MSDE to allow access to Maryland public schools,” Ball said in a statement.

11:03 p.m.
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Metro announces additional cuts to train and bus schedules

For the third time this week, Metro will reduce its bus and rail services, this time saying it is facing challenges filling shifts because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Metrorail will run between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. with waits between trains of 30 minutes on all lines on Saturday and Sunday, the transit agency said. Metrobus will operate on its typical Sunday schedule, which drops a few routes that it was running this week.

“Metrobus operators and all of our frontline colleagues have the same pressures as everyone else right now. They have families, kids out of school, loved ones with health concerns, and others may know someone already impacted by the Coronavirus,” Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said in a statement. “Space on Metro is a resource that needs to be reserved for essential travel, including the first responders, doctors and nurses working to keep us all safe. They are responding to the call out of concern for you, please stay home out of concern for them.”

Metro said it is trying to reduce service levels to decrease the number of bus and rail operators needed, discourage crowds from gathering on vehicles to maintain safe social distances and yet keep enough service open for essential workers and first responders to get to work.

The Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery Metro stations will remain closed indefinitely as Metro discourages crowds from gathering on its trains to see the cherry blossoms the Tidal Basin. The stations were closed Thursday afternoon.

“Despite the dramatically lower ridership this week, Metro officials remain concerned about people using Metro for non-essential trips, including travel to the National Mall and Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms,” Metro said in a statement.

Metrorail ridership was down more than 80 percent this week while bus ridership was down more than 60 percent compared to last year at the same time, Metro said.

Brian Wivell, political organizer for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents Metro workers, said operators share the same concerns as the general public but continue to report to work. Wivell said Metro has been addressing their concerns and has been prioritizing their safety.

“I don’t think we could have ever had a more productive period of cooperation between [Metro] and the union in trying to keep our members safe,” Wivell said on Friday.

9:52 p.m.
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Shut in and stir crazy: grappling with a new normal as virus fears grow

Day by day, as officials across the Washington region impose new restrictions to contain the coronavirus, the routines and rhythms of conventional life are melting away. Bedrooms are now offices. Dining rooms are classrooms. Sidewalks have become obstacle courses, as pedestrians — many behind masks and in rubber gloves — navigate new rules for how close is too close.

“I’ll just say hello from here,” a man was overheard saying to a friend standing a few feet away outside a Whole Foods on H Street NE.

For most people, the new normal is unfolding at home, which has become a blend of sanctuary and pressure cooker, with work calls interrupted by diaper changes, sounds from one room bleeding into another, and everyone savoring the chance to step outside even as officials warn to stay indoors.

Worst of all, perhaps, no one knows when it will end.

Beyond a near universal fear of catching the virus, anxieties can take varying forms depending on the neighborhood. In affluent Zip codes such as Old Town Alexandria and Friendship Heights, a recurring source of agita is how to not go insane while getting work done and parenting children.

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Montgomery officials warn of lasting economic repercussions, announce $25 million assistance fund

The economic repercussions of the covid-19 crisis are likely to outlast the spread of the virus, Montgomery County officials warned. At a news conference Friday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) said the county is tapping into its financial reserves to launch a $25 million economic assistance fund for small businesses.

Applications should open in about two weeks, Elrich said, and in the meantime, the county is looking to waive other administrative fees to ease the financial burden of businesses. “We’re going to look at everything we can do,” he said.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has escalated social distancing measures in recent days, ending on-site service for bars and restaurants statewide and banning gatherings of more than 10 people. In Montgomery, often seen as the economic driver of the state, businesses are scrambling to survive while growing increasingly anxious of what the future holds, said Ben Wu, chief executive of the county’s public-private economic development agency, the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.

Even after government restrictions are lifted, Wu said, it is unlikely that economic activity will pick up immediately. The concern among restaurants, hotels and retailers is that “this will be an incremental and slow return back to normalcy,” he said.

Greg Whelan, who co-owns McGinty’s Public House in Silver Spring, said that without assistance from local, state or federal governments, he may rack up $70,000 to $80,000 in debt by April. His Irish bar saw an uptick in deliveries on St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, but business since then has slowed to a trickle. On Wednesday, he said, he made $400 in sales and gave out $500 in wages. “That’s when it hit me,” Whelan said. “We’re not going to survive without help.”

Wu said the corporation is also preparing for the possibility of a statewide “shelter in place” order in Maryland similar to the one that has been issued in California. He has urged local and state officials to exempt Montgomery’s large biohealth industry in the case of such an order.

8:57 p.m.
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Evidence of community spread in Montgomery County, but not of clusters

There is evidence that the novel coronavirus is spreading from person to person in Montgomery County, said health officer Travis Gayles, but as of Friday afternoon, there do not appear to be any clusters, that is, single events or locations where a large group of people may have been exposed to the virus.

Montgomery has the highest number of known coronavirus cases in Maryland, with 51 cases as of Friday afternoon. That’s due in part to the county’s large population of 1 million and its bustling urban neighborhoods, where people live closer to each other than in rural parts of the state, Gayles said.

The recent jump in numbers — 45 cases in one week — is likely due to the statewide increase in testing, he added. Seven patients in Maryland — three of them in Montgomery — have recovered from the disease and been released from isolation, Gayles said. A majority of the county’s remaining patients are isolating at home and not in critical condition.

8:47 p.m.
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A bind for area governments: Virus shrinks their budgets just as public need soars

The economic damage wreaked by the novel coronavirus will force the Washington region’s state and local governments to cut spending at a time of increased public need, making it harder to relieve the distress of laid-off workers and struggling businesses, according to officials and analysts.

Although there is much uncertainty over how long the pandemic will last, area governments are bracing for a wrenching change that will abruptly end an era of flush budgets. Many liken the potential impact to that of the 9/11 attacks and the 2008 recession combined.

“This has the potential to be worse than the Great Recession, because you’re shutting down entire industries,” such as hotels and restaurants, said Jeffrey S. DeWitt, the District’s chief financial officer.

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8:26 p.m.
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Washington area worshipers practice their faith - from a distance

The sounds of religious worship these days are intermingled with the vocabulary of conference calls: “Try to mute your microphone.” “You’re frozen.” “I can’t seem to turn my camera around.” “I have to hop off.”

In a matter of days, religious congregations across the region and the country have learned how to go virtual. Churches that never had a camera in the sanctuary before are live-streaming services. Elderly members who never miss a Wednesday night Bible study are becoming adept instead at morning prayer calls by Zoom. Close-knit communities are keeping spirits up by seeing each others’ faces in pixel form and singing together, headphones in their ears.

Almost 11,000 new churches signed up for a tool called Church Online Platform in the past week, according to Oklahoma-based Life.Church, which created the platform. Life.Church said that 4.7 million people watched services from churches on the platform this past Sunday.

7:58 p.m.
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D.C. homicide detective tests positive for novel coronavirus

A D.C. police homicide detective has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said. It is the first known case of an officer testing positive in the 3,800-member department.

The homicide office has about 60 detectives and is located in a separate building next to the First District police station in the 100 block of M Street SW. Investigators and others in the homicide office had been told to leave so it could be deep-cleaned and disinfected.

A notice sent to the detectives said that anyone who had contact with the investigator will be notified. There was no immediate word on how many might have to be quarantined. The detectives work in shifts.

Before this case was discovered, D.C. police had said that two officers had tested negative for the virus and 13 were awaiting test results. At least 70 other officers have self-quarantined.

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the department learned of the positive test result Friday.

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D.C. public school students will return to classes April 27, mayor announces

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said the ban on mass gatherings will continue to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (Mayor Muriel E. Bowser)

The District’s public school system will reopen April 27 as the city attempts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced Friday.

Earlier this month, the mayor announced schools would be closed through March.

D.C. students are instructed to participate in distance learning during these closures, completing schoolwork and interacting with teachers. Students in the school system are on spring break and are expected to officially begin distance learning next week.

“This decision reflects the extraordinary circumstances that the district and the nation face together,” Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn said at the news conference.

Nearly half of the city’s public school students attend charter schools, which are publicly funded and privately operated. Kihn said the expectation is that charters will follow the school system’s lead and close as well.

Kihn also announced that the District would ask the federal government to waive mandated testing requirements this year. Virginia made a similar request this week.

7:04 p.m.
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Defense Department announces first positive cases of coronavirus at the Pentagon

The Defense Department reported its first cases of the novel coronavirus within the Pentagon on Friday, saying that one active-duty airman and one contractor tested positive.

The airman works for the Defense Health Agency, which has its headquarters in Falls Church, Va., and oversees providing health-care services to the military. The airman reported visiting the Pentagon for less than an hour March 16, the Air Force said in a statement Friday.

The defense contractor works for the Air Force at the Pentagon. The individual was last at the installation March 2, and attended an event known as the Total Force Integration Symposium at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland from March 3-6, the Air Force said. The contractor began self-quarantining at home with symptoms March 7.

“The individual did not have symptoms during the event,” the Air Force said in a statement. “The Air Force sent an email to attendees informing them of the positive test.”

The cases were first reported by the McClatchy News Service.

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Maryland governor asks students returning from spring break to self-quarantine

With scores of college students returning from spring break vacations, Gov. Larry Hogan is urging them to stay home for two weeks to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. He also urged Marylanders to avoid crowds and playgrounds.

“We are asking all returning spring break travelers to self-quarantine for the next 14 days, and to avoid people over the age of 60,” Hogan (R) said in a statement Friday.

Many colleges in Maryland, including the University System of Maryland, have decided to only hold online classes for the rest of the semester. Hogan said even though students are not returning to campus for classes, they should not treat the time as an extended spring break.

“If you ignore this recommendation, you are endangering yourself and the health of others,” Hogan said.

While the governor said he hopes residents will take advantage of Friday’s warm weather, he cautioned them to “avoid crowds at all costs,” including playgrounds and pavilions. On Friday, Maryland reported 42 new cases, including the first cases involving an infant and a teenager.

“As I said yesterday, we are unfortunately only at the beginning of this crisis,” Hogan said. “If every single Marylander steps up and does their part by making sacrifices now, it will slow the spread of this virus and save lives.”