The summary of cases in the district, Maryland and Virginia climbed to 4,062, according to a Washington Post analysis. The total number
of deaths reported until 8:40 p.m. Wednesday was 82.
With the region eerily quiet in most places when residents are followed by “stay-at-home” orders implemented by Northam, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and District Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), increased tensions among government employees and healthcare professionals who see the fast-spreading virus sneaking deeper into its rankings.
In the district, union leaders representing nurses and corrections agents accused Bowser̵
The District of Columbia Nurses Association, which represents 2,000 healthcare workers in the nation’s capital, said the city’s health department refused to test hospital staff treating covid-19 patients who have died at United Medical Center and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the district’s public psychiatric hospital. Both facilities are located in southeast Washington.
“If an excessive number of clinics get sick in the district, it will result in a huge burden on DC hospitals to deliver care during this crisis, and we don’t want it to occur in the nation’s capital,” Edward J. Smith, the union’s executive said director in a news release.
The union that represents correctional officials at the D.C. jail said the six inmates who have tested positive so far have not been properly quarantined. A correctional agent has also tested positive.
Sgt. Jannease Johnson, a member of the union’s executive board, said the city jail has “the absolute worst conditions I have ever experienced.”
“We’re scared to be here,” Johnson said.
During a media briefing on Wednesday, Bowser said that all hospitals in the city are now testing their staff. She said officials have not received any reports that the prison has not been cleaned properly.
“But that is, I assure you, is our expectation,” said the mayor. “We will confirm with prison staff that we follow every safety and health protocol with cleaning the prison, that we follow every protocol if we have a confirmed case.”
Both Virginia and Maryland again reported one-off records for the number of new cases, a pattern that has been extended over most of the past 10 days, except for Monday.
Virginia had test results showing 234 new cases, for a total of 1,486. Maryland said it had 325, which means the total number amounts to 1,986, according to The Post’s figures. The district – which now reports test results in the mornings – reported 91 cases, for a total of 590 known cases.
Two more D.C. firefighters have tested positive for the corona virus, the fire department said Wednesday, bringing the number of firefighters with the virus to 21. Twelve district police officers and a civilian member of the department have also tested positive.
A detective at the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services died Wednesday after receiving the virus, according to an email to agency staff obtained by The Washington Post. The officer worked at D.C. Superior Court, the email said.
D.C. Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said 80 of the district’s patients have been hospitalized, about 14 percent. Nesbitt said those who have been hospitalized are older, with an average age of 59, even though half of the district’s patients are 40 or younger. About a quarter of patients – 142 – have recovered so far.
The increase in cases has been expected as test capacity increases. The number of cases also does not show a current snapshot in time as it takes about a week to process many test results, and infected people can take as long as two weeks to develop symptoms.
But the escalating death illustrates health experts’ concerns that the region is heading into the darkest period of the crisis.
Virginia reported six new deaths Wednesday, with three in Fairfax County. Maryland reported another 11 deaths, four of them in Montgomery County.
The district said it has two new fatalities with covid-19. One of them was a 71-year-old woman who died Tuesday in her home in southeast Washington – the fourth covid-19 victim in the city who was not tested or hospitalized before their deaths.
Although district officials want residents to stay at home as much as possible, any person who shows a sign or symptom of covid-19 or not in their usual state of health should call their caregiver and get advice on what should be done, “Nesbitt said.
Hogan tweeted that he had lost a “good friend, fellow Marylander and a good guy” in Jerry Manley, a retired Prince George’s police detective who advocated for Special Olympics.
Wednesday also marked the first day of April, when rents and other bills would be paid as the crisis continued to tighten the grip on the region’s economy. With thousands of residents resigning after the closure of restaurants, gyms, hairdressers and other “non-essential” businesses, area officials worked to provide assistance.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) announced the launch of a public-private relief fund to help small businesses.
Prince George’s County Council approved $ 10 million in funding from the county’s Economic Development Corporation during its virtual meeting, and $ 5 million in aid funding comes from local banks and private groups.
“These resources will be crucial to sustaining our business and non-profit communities as we weather this storm,” Alsobrooks said in a statement. “Coronavirus will not have the final say, and we will continue to leverage all our resources and partnerships to ensure that we can cope with this unprecedented crisis together.”
Applications will open on April 13. Small businesses can apply for loans of up to $ 100,000 and grant funding of up to $ 10,000.
The economic development company will host a webinar on Thursday at 9pm to update the business community about the aid fund and other resources. District officials said they received about 6,000 applications for grants from a local corporate fund for $ 25 million by Wednesday’s deadline.
Bowser said she will “probably” announce in the next two weeks how the D.C. school closures would continue on April 24.
“It will all be driven by our ability to show in the city that we have a diminishing infection in our city,” the mayor said in a conversation with community leaders.
Virginia has shut down classes for the rest of the academic year, while Maryland’s school closures also extend through April 24.
In Virginia, Northam stressed the need for residents to follow the home order he issued on Monday, acknowledging that it will cause short-term difficulties but says it is necessary to keep the coronavirus spread at a higher rate.
“The sooner we can put this crisis behind us, the sooner our lives will return to normal and the sooner our economy will recover,” he said, adding that “I want youngsters to be realistic in their expectations. You must know the truth, no sugar coating. “
The governor said the state received its third consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the national store on Wednesday, including face shields, dresses and masks.
“But we need more,” he said. “We continue to work with all available options,” including putting pressure on companies located in the state to help produce protective equipment.
Northam said he will decide Friday where to build temporary hospital facilities to take care of virus patients. U.S. The Army Corps of Engineers has identified several possible locations.
Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) And 24 other Democratic senators sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to allocate a larger portion of the recently approved $ 2 trillion federal stimulus package to the district.
The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) And Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Says the district deserves at least the guaranteed minimum $ 1.25 billion for each state. In its current form, the relief package treats the district as a US territory and reduces its share by about $ 700 million.
“Regardless of what one sees at D.C. Statehood, it is shameful and never before seen to change the district’s treatment in a bill to support rescue efforts,” the letter states. “Controlling the spread of covid-19 is a common priority for all states and drastically underfunding an urban area that is closely linked to its surrounding states and the northeast corridor is short-term and unforgivable.”
Dana Hedgpeth, Peter Hermann, Justin Wm. Moyer, Darran Simon, Rebecca Tan, Ovetta Wiggins and Jenna Portnoy contributed to this report.