Here are some of the most significant and recent developments as the region responds to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19:
• The latest Virginia fatalities from covid-19 come from a rehabilitation facility with many seniors, where 14 residents and four health-care workers have tested positive for the coronavirus. Officials announced a third death Wednesday involving a person at the facility.
• Maryland extended the closure of public schools by four weeks, through April 24.
• Virginia added 101 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. The District reported a third death and 48 new cases Wednesday, including an eight-week-old child.
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he would issue an executive order to all hospitals requiring them to postpone elective surgeries to free up space for covid-19 patients. He said his staff has also been scouting locations around the state, in concert with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to find sites where temporary hospitals can be built.