The 2,106 new coronavirus cases reported by the District, Maryland and Virginia pushed the number of infections in the three jurisdictions past 60,000. As of Saturday morning, 2,752 people in the region had died.
The District reported seven new deaths Saturday, spanning in age from a 35-year-old man to a 96-year-old woman.
The city added 203 new positive cases, bringing its total to 6,102. Ward 4 has the most infections, reporting 1,203, and Ward 8 has the most deaths related to covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, reporting 68 as of Saturday.
Maryland reported 54 new deaths and 1,049 new cases, bringing the respective totals to 1,614 and 31,534.
Virginia reported 15 new deaths and 854 new cases, bringing its totals to 827 and 23,196, respectively.
Even as infections continue to spread, without a cure or a vaccine, some looked cautiously toward returning to some level of normalcy. Maryland’s Ocean City boardwalk reopened on Saturday; crowds were light on a cold and windy day.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has put forward guidelines for a phased reopening that will begin May 15, leading businesses and organizations in the state to contemplate how they might open under the rules.
The Catholic diocese of Arlington, which includes churches across a broad swath of Northern Virginia, announced late Friday that since the rules allow churches to hold services at 50-percent capacity as long as their local laws permit it, in-person Masses will soon resume again.
Starting May 15, churches in the diocese can celebrate Mass for a limited number of participants. Bishop Michael Burbidge said that he will continue to grant a religious dispensation to anyone who stays home from Mass, and he encouraged people over 60 or in ill health to skip services. The diocese will keep live-streaming its worship services.
In the District and its Maryland suburbs, leaders have said that they are still seeing too many new cases and too many people in the hospital to lift the limitations on community interaction.
Some spent Saturday again encouraging residents to stay at home. Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) participated in a live-streamed celebration of the European Union’s Europe Day on Saturday morning, in which Van Hollen told people on both sides of the Atlantic, “We are engaged in a great battle against a common foe: the coronavirus.” They were joined by two Washington Wizards players who are natives of Europe. Davis Bertans encouraged Americans and Europeans to donate to food banks, and Anzejs Pasecniks lamented the abrupt end of the basketball season but showed off his workout equipment at home, saying “This corner is my best friend right now.”
Mei Powers, the chief development officer of D.C. nonprofit Miriam’s Kitchen, joined the live stream with a reminder that not everyone has a home to make staying home possible.
“The basic protocols to wash your hands, to stay at home when you’re sick: Our guests are not able to do that,” she said of the people who are homeless and rely on the nonprofit’s services. She asked for donations to help the organization keep providing meals to people with nowhere else to turn.