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URBANA, MD - MAY 7: Elyahu Araki, of Rockville, wipes down his cart with disinfectant before playing a round at Worthington Manor Golf Club as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan lifts the closure order on golf courses on May 7, 2020 in Urbana, Md. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)
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The number of known coronavirus cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia was 56,598 on Thursday, with 29,374 cases in Maryland, 21,570 in Virginia and 5,654 in the District. The number of virus-related deaths reached 1,503 in Maryland, 769 in Virginia and 285 in the District, for a total of 2,557 fatalities.

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From Wednesday: Hogan opens golf courses, beaches in first steps toward easing coronavirus shutdown

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

• State regulators are fining Sagepoint Senior Living, the Maryland nursing home that has reported the state’s highest coronavirus-related death toll, for failure to use appropriate personal protective equipment, failing to separate residents with suspected or known covid-19 cases and not obtaining lab results in a timely manner, according to a letter to the facility sent Wednesday.

• Figures released Thursday by the Labor Department indicate 134,533 people in the District, Maryland and Virginia filed for unemployment benefits for the week that ended May 2. In the seven weeks since social distancing measures shut down all but essential businesses, more than 781,000 people have sought jobless benefits.

• The Washington region saw a continued rise in coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing the daily total in the District, Maryland and Virginia to 1,989 new cases and 106 deaths.

• D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on Thursday reiterated that the city’s reopening would not come until there’s a sustained decline in new infections, even as the governors of Maryland and Virginia announced plans to start lifting restrictions. In Maryland, state parks and beaches reopened at 7 a.m. Thursday for boating, camping, fishing and tennis.

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