The rise of covid-19 has halted life in the District, Maryland and Virginia, with schools and most businesses closed and residents ordered to stay at home. What started as a trickle of cases in early March has ballooned to more than 93,000 confirmed infections and more than 3,900 deaths in the nation’s capital and its neighboring states.
The District, Virginia, and Maryland on Tuesday reported 59 new fatalities and 2,259 new infections.
Total deaths reported by area
As of Tuesday morning, May 26, there have been 95,363 known cases of covid-19.
Experts believe the number of people who have contracted coronavirus outpaces those who have tested positive, because testing is still limited to people who meet certain criteria and it can take about two weeks for people to become symptomatic. Public health officials say the number of cases will continue to rise as testing expands.
Maryland has the most deaths and cases of the three jurisdictions, but when adjusted for population, more people per 100,000 residents in D.C. are getting infected or dying from covid-19. The number of known cases in all three jurisdictions has started to plateau, but not at a consistent rate. Maryland has seen single-day spikes of more than 1,700 new infections, while new infections in D.C. have occasionally exceeded 230.
Virginia recorded its highest ever per-day increase in cases on May 25, with 1,483 new infections overnight. Officials said that spike was partly due to increased testing, and partly because of maintenance on the health department site caused some cases that would have been reported May 24 to be reported May 25.
Reported deaths by county/city
Prince William Co.
Virginia Beach City
Colonial Heights City
Newport News City
Falls Church City
Manassas Park City
King George Co.
Isle of Wight Co.
Prince Edward Co.
New Kent Co.
Buena Vista City
Clifton Forge City
King William Co.
King and Queen Co.
Prince George Co.
Prince George's Co.
Anne Arundel Co.
St. Mary's Co.
Queen Anne's Co.
Leaders in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have all pointed to daily numbers of covid-related hospitalizations and intensive care unit patients as crucial measures in determining whether or not the spread of the virus is slowing. In all 3 jurisdictions, those measures have been generally trending downward over the past few weeks.
Reported covid-19 hospitalizations by state
per 100k since May 19
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
There have been a total of 8,179 people hospitalized in Maryland since March 26 and 4,325 hospitalized in Virginia since April 13. D.C. does not report total covid-19 hospitalizations.
Additional design and development by Joe Fox and Leslie Shapiro. Rachel Chason, Erin Cox, Antonio Olivo, Jenna Portnoy, Patricia Sullivan, Laura Vozzella, Ovetta Wiggins and Hannah Natanson also contributed to this report.
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This case tracker relies on data provided by the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia health departments. Earlier in the pandemic, The Post made small adjustments to some of the data to account for unexplained fluctuations in the state reports. On May 1, with the number of cases exceeding 45,000, The Post switched to a more automated process that does not allow for those adjustments. This resulted in a minor fluctuation in the state totals on May 1 and some small discrepancies in the historical data shown for April 25.
Population data are 5-year estimates from 2018 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.
This graphic will be updated daily before noon.
Originally published March 13, 2020.