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The tally of known coronavirus cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia rose to 684 on Monday as Maryland reported an additional 44 cases, bringing the state’s total to 289. Virginia reported 35 more cases Monday for a total of 254. The District reported 21 new patients Monday, bringing its total to 141.

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

• Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced that public and private schools will be closed through the academic year to fight the spread of coronavirus. Northam had initially announced a two-week closure — although some Northern Virginia districts opted to close for longer — but the governor said Monday that schools will remain shuttered for the remainder of the academic year.

• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is shutting down all nonessential businesses at 5 p.m. Monday as the number of coronavirus cases grows in the state. “Unless you have essential reason, then you should stay in your home,” he said during a news conference. “This is an exceptionally challenging time.”

• D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Monday she will not follow the lead of California, New York and others in ordering residents to stay at home, despite weekend crowds to view Cherry Blossoms prompting some to urge tougher measures.

• Virginia health officials announced three deaths late Sunday that were linked to the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to six. Maryland announced 44 new cases Monday while Virginia announced 35 and the District reported 21.

12:34 a.m.
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12:10 a.m.
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Bowser, Hogan and Northam ask for more federal help

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) called for “additional financial support” from the federal government during the coronavirus outbreak in a joint statement released by the leaders.

“As leaders of the three jurisdictions of the National Capital Region, we carry a unique responsibility to keep the federal government operating,” the leaders said. “Our actions promote the health and safety of more than 360,000 federal workers who live and work across our three jurisdictions. No other region in the country bears this responsibility.”

While the three leaders have taken different approaches to the crisis and occasionally clashed over which one is best, Bowser, Hogan and Northam coordinated Monday before announcing further restrictions on movement in their jurisdictions.

The group said that they are working together to enforce social distancing measures. None of the three have issued “shelter in place” orders. But Hogan ordered nonessential businesses to close, Northam shuttered personal care businesses, and Bowser said police would be empowered to break up groups.

All three urged people to stay home as much as possible.

11:44 p.m.
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1-year-old tests positive for coronavirus in D.C.

D.C. officials on Monday announced 21 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 141 in the nation’s capital.

The new cases include a 1-year-old child, the youngest person in the District known to have the virus. Maryland on Friday reported a 10-month-old had tested positive, the first infant known to contract the virus in that state.

A study of the novel coronavirus among young people in China found that while the infection is generally less severe in kids, infants may be particularly vulnerable.

11:19 p.m.
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Navy midshipman tests positive

A midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis has tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said.

The individual is self-quarantined at home, according to a news release. Personnel who were in close contact with the midshipman are also isolating themselves.

Students at the Academy did not return from spring break last week, instead moving to remote classes because of the outbreak.

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Second D.C. officer tests positive for virus

A second member of the D.C. police has tested positive for covid-19, Police Chief Peter Newsham said Monday afternoon.

The officer has been quarantined and is now resting and recovering at home, according to Newsham.

Health officials and D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services are in the process of determining the potential spread to other personnel or the community.

A D.C. homicide detective has also tested positive for the virus. Dozens of police officers are already in quarantine because of possible exposure to the virus, either through contact with an infected person or because they were experiencing possible symptoms.

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Montgomery County coronavirus patient diagnosed after death

The Montgomery County resident who tested positive for covid-19 after dying “suddenly” on Saturday manifested symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus before her death, local health officials said.

The patient, a woman in her 40s, had an underlying medical condition. After experiencing fever and cough, she visited her primary care provider for “symptom management” but was not tested for the novel coronavirus or hospitalized, Montgomery County Health Department spokeswoman Mary Anderson said.

The patient was tested postmortem, and preliminary results from an autopsy indicate she had the virus. She was the county’s first covid-related death.

It is not immediately clear where the woman might have contracted the virus. Anderson said she had no recent travel history and no known contact with any existing coronavirus patients.

State health officials did not respond to inquiries on the patient’s case, and the county health department declined requests for phone interviews.

Montgomery health officer Travis Gayles said in a statement Monday that the county is not aware of whether the patient’s doctor recommended that she undergo testing or whether the patient requested to be tested. He said the patient had been asked to self-quarantine.

“That guidance [to self-quarantine] is consistent with state guidelines given to providers,” Gayles wrote. “Even getting tested would not likely have changed the medical management for this patient.”

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Virginia closes schools through the academic year

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Monday that public and private schools in Virginia will be closed through the academic year to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Northam had initially announced a two-week closure — although some Northern Virginia public school districts opted to close for longer — but the governor said Monday that schools will remain shuttered for the remainder of the academic year.

The measure was one of several announced by the governor as the number of coronavirus cases in the state has surged to 254 since the first cases were reported earlier this month. The number of deaths had doubled overnight, to six.

“These number will, unfortunately, continue to rise,” he said. “We are in this for months, not weeks. So we are taking additional actions to keep Virginians safe.”

Effective at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, for at least 30 days, restaurants can remain open only for carryout and curbside delivery. All barbershops, movie theaters, massage parlors and gyms must close. All gatherings of 10 or more people are banned, including in private homes.

“It is clear that many of our nonessential businesses must close to minimize the speed at which covid-19 spreads and protect the capacity of our health-care system,” Northam said, referring to the disease caused by the virus.

Northam described the school closures as “necessary” while also acknowledging how the move will disrupt children’s education as well as the child-care arrangements for health-care workers.

“I know this raises a lot of questions for parents and also for our students,” Northam said. Local school division leaders will decide how students can learn the information they were meant to cover through the remainder of the year, with help from the state. “By tomorrow, the state Department of Education will issue guidance to help school divisions think through those decisions and ensure that every student is served equitably,” he said.

“We’re already working on waivers to relieve testing requirements and ensure that students who were on track to graduate can do so,” he said.

Northam noted that the school closures could create a child-care emergency for essential workers such as doctors, nurses and grocery store clerks, whose children suddenly have nowhere to go during school hours.

Virginia has 1.2 million children under age 12, half of them in public schools or preschools, Northam said.

A Yale University study estimates that 80,000 of them are children of health-care workers, Northam said. Virginia needs to fill that void, probably with a combination of public schools and private day-care centers providing essential personnel.

“We must rally together to fill this pressing need across the commonwealth while following strict public health protocols to keep our children safe,” Northam said.

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Protective gear stockpile is not enough, Virginia congresswoman says

Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) on Monday helped to introduce a bipartisan resolution to try to pressure President Trump to use the full force of the Defense Production Act to bolster protective gear supplies in Virginia and nationwide. The measure urges the Trump administration to require companies to manufacture emergency medical supplies to sell to the federal government.

“A doctor called our office and left a message, sobbing, saying people are going to die and they don’t have what they need. That is not okay,” she said. “It is the thing that is causing desperate, desperate phone calls and real emotion on the ground.”

She said mass production and distribution of protective gear should be a top priority because the low-tech items could keep residents who fall ill from needing ventilators and other harder-to-produce equipment in the long term.

Without a coordinated federal response to production, she said, the Strategic National Stockpile cannot begin to address the need, she said. “[The stockpile] isn’t enough, which is problem number one,” she said. “It’s not centralized, it’s not focused, it’s not organized, and it needs to be."

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Fairfax makes bus service free

The Fairfax Connector bus system is suspending fares starting Tuesday and until further notice, officials said Monday.

Passengers will be required to board the bus through the rear door, with the exception of riders on wheelchairs, who can still use the front door to board using the lift.

Fairfax officials say the changes aim to “protect the health and safety of Fairfax Connector employees, customers and the public as the covid-19 pandemic continues to affect all aspects of travel in the National Capital Region.”

Other area bus systems, including Metrobus, D.C. Circulator and Ride On, have suspended fare collection and adopted the rear-entry policy to enable better social-distancing practices and reduce contact between passengers and drivers.

8:25 p.m.
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Second Fairfax County employee tests positive

Fairfax County health officials said Monday that a Community Services Board employee who works in the agency’s juvenile court services division has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The employee did not work while experiencing symptoms and has remained home since feeling ill, county officials said, without providing further details about the employee.

On Friday, another Community Services Board worker, based inside the county’s Merrifield Center, tested positive. That same day, a county psychiatrist who worked in the center’s emergency services unit resigned over what he said were inadequate safety precautions being taken for employees who interact with the public, citing a lack of adequate screening for new patients and a lack of protective masks.

County officials said that members of the public who enter the building are screened for signs of infection and that authorities are working to procure more masks. The first employee who tested positive — a nurse in the center’s medical clinic — did not have contact with anyone in the emergency services unit, officials said. Two of the nurse’s co-workers are awaiting test results while at home under self-quarantine, officials said.

With 43 reported cases of infection in the county as of Monday afternoon, Fairfax employees have become increasingly concerned about their safety.

On Monday, the local Service Employees International Union, which represents about 2,000 Fairfax employees, called on county officials to close nonessential public buildings, such as libraries.

“We urge you and the Board of Supervisors to take immediate action to protect our community and our workforce,” the union wrote in a letter to Jeff C. McKay, chairman of the board.

Several public buildings in the county, including schools, are closed under a local state of emergency approved last week.

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Montgomery County lawmakers set to propose $25 million in relief

The Montgomery County Council is set to introduce a bill and a resolution Tuesday to alleviate the economic repercussions of the coronavirus crisis.

County Council member Andrew Friedson (D-District 1) has drafted a bill to establish a $20 million Public Health Emergency Grant Program that was announced by County Executive Marc Elrich (D) last Friday. The bill also includes the appropriation of $5 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to protect “vulnerable populations” such as the homeless, Friedson said.

Businesses or nonprofits with 100 full-time employees or less and that “can demonstrate financial losses caused by the public health emergency” will be eligible to receive funding of up to $75,000. The grant will also include up to $2,500 in funding for businesses to purchase teleworking equipment.

Council member Nancy Navarro (D-District 4) is also set to introduce a resolution Tuesday calling on the council to focus on “continuity of operations” in the fiscal 2021 budget, while freeing up resources to assist households and businesses affected by the coronavirus.

Navarro proposes that the council consider a budget that closely resembles the fiscal 2020 budget and approves maintenance-of-effort funding levels — a state mandate that requires schools to be funded at least the same amount as in the past year — for Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College. This comes a week after Montgomery lawmakers pushed back on Elrich’s proposed budget, which includes a three-cent supplemental property tax increase to fund significant increases for schools.

While not binding, the resolution “is a signal of how the council is going to work through the budget,” said Friedson, a co-sponsor. “The budget that has been proposed [by Elrich] no longer reflects the moment that we’re in,” he added.

“This is a historic moment for us,” said Navarro, who joined the council shortly after the 2008 financial crisis prompted dramatic changes to the fiscal 2010 proposed budget. “It’s important that we’re proactive now.”

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Arlington, Fairfax counties close several parks

Arlington and Fairfax counties have closed more park facilities as coronavirus numbers in Virginia rise.

Fairfax closed playgrounds, skate parks and restrooms until further notice (indoor facilities remain open). But the parks themselves, including trails, are still open.

Arlington went further, closing all parks, fields, playgrounds, ball courts, restrooms, and tracks.

Officials said community gardens and trails would also close to groups. But the county later clarified in a statement that both would remain open “with strict social distancing,” and that “crossing through parks to get to a trail or non-park destination is allowed.”

“Please maintain a distance of six feet from people who are not a part of your household,” the statement read.

In the District, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has deployed city police to keep people away from crowded national park sites.

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Laurel Medical Center will make 135 beds available

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), along with his order for nonessential businesses to close at 5 p.m. Monday, announced plans to expand hospital beds.

Laurel Medical Center, which began reducing services in 2015, will make 135 beds available to help meet the expected demand for hospital beds.

The governor said plans also are underway to set up a “field hospital” at the Baltimore Convention Center, and an “alternate care site” will operate at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in downtown Baltimore.

Hogan said FEMA is delivering 250 packages of beds in the coming days for the field hospital, which will be operated by the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He also said health-care providers will stop doing elective surgeries, another move to free up hospital beds.

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Health-care providers in Virginia plead for supplies

Hundreds of health-care providers from across Virginia have signed an open letter to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and state Secretary of Health and Human Services Daniel Carey, pleading for help in replenishing “desperately” low quantities of protective gear and testing supplies.

The letter, dated Saturday, was spearheaded by Paige Perriello, who describes herself on Twitter as a pediatrician and mother of three from Charlottesville.

“Medical professionals are risking our lives on the front lines of the covid-19 crisis,” it reads, referring to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “We beg you to use your exceptional powers immediately — literally TODAY — to solve the desperate medical supply shortage that is thwarting our efforts to control this pandemic before it reaches the point of no return. ”

The letter said health-care providers need personal protective equipment — including surgical masks, N95 masks, masks with face shields, disposable gowns, protective gloves and hand sanitizer — testing kits and related supplies, including swabs and viral culture media.

The letter, which was digitally signed by hundreds of health-care providers, including doctors and nurses, urges Northam and Carey to “funnel existing supplies to the front lines now,” give incentives to the state’s entrepreneurs to help, and create a database to allow primary-care providers to communicate directly with the health department.

“Given the outbreak’s rapid spread, each day that you wait to establish an emergency supply protocol means more medical providers will fall ill, which threatens the catastrophic collapse of our entire health care system,” the letter says. “Virginians are ready and able to help, but we need your leadership. Please act now. ”