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:
• As some areas of the region prepare to reopen, other localities plan to extend stay-at-home orders. In Prince George’s County, executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) signed an executive order continuing a stay-at-home order in the Washington suburb through June 1.
• Maryland expects to lose at least $925 million in state tax revenue by the end of June, forecasters said Thursday, less than half the worst-case scenario predicted a month ago. Virginia officials reported state tax revenue plummeted 26 percent last month compared to April 2019 in the first monthly revenue report to reflect the economic ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
• Virginia officials said Thursday they will no longer include the results of unreliable antibody tests in their overall data about covid-19 in the state, a practice that had been criticized as undermining the state’s depiction of its efforts to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Virginia Department of Health said the change does not significantly alter the statistical trends that led Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to move toward easing restrictions for most of the state, beginning Friday.
• More than 103,000 unemployment claims were filed last week in the District, Maryland and Virginia, according to figures released Thursday by the Labor Department. In the eight weeks since social distancing measures shut down all but essential businesses in the region, more than 885,000 people have sought jobless benefits in the three jurisdictions.