WASHINGTON — It's barely been a week since the coronavirus was first reported in the DMV. Gov. Hogan announced the first local cases in Montgomery County, Maryland on Thursday, March 5. Now, the region has 57 COVID-19 cases.
There's been a lot to cover this week, but here are the major updates:
Confirmed cases as of Friday at 10 p.m.
The Montgomery County Department of Health announced Friday afternoon that the county's first three positive COVID-19 cases have fully recovered.
"I’m happy to report that the first three cases that were reported last Thursday have all cleared and have been cleared to return back to their normal, daily life schedules," Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery County Health Officer, said.
States of Emergency
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam all declared States of Emergency, which grants governments access to more resources to combat the spread of the virus.
Some districts adjusted spring break. Others are offering e-learning. Most districts are providing free lunches for students in need.
The NCAA canceled March Madness, Frozen Four and the remaining championships.
The MLB postponed opening day by at least two weeks and canceled spring training games.
Conferences, concerts, and portions of the Cherry Blossom Festival, including the parade, have been canceled or postponed.
Capital One Arena canceled all performances and events until further notice. The Kennedy Center canceled all public performances and events from March 13-31. The Rock and Roll Marathon and the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler were canceled.
Government officials also ordered some government employees to work from home and recommended that companies do the same.
Some legislators are fighting to guarantee paid sick leave for those who need time off for the coronavirus.
But why is everything shutting down? It's all in an effort to flatten the epidemic curve. Far from being a cause for alarm, all of the closures and cancellations indicate that officials around the country are following evidence-driven methods of stopping a viral outbreak.
Check the status of the virus in your state with your state health department's websites by tapping below: