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D.C., Virginia and Maryland Corona Virus Updates
Here are some of the most important and recent developments as the region responds to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus that causes covid-19:
• The Pleasant View nursing home in Carroll County, which announced an outbreak of 66 coronavirus cases this weekend, said it had 11 other known cases and a second death, a man in his eighties.
• The district opens a testing ground for police officers, firefighters, and correction department officials who have become increasingly infected. Maryland opened four virus test sites, three at vehicle emission test sites and one in the FedEx Field parking lot, for those who are considered at risk.
, 2020 at 8:32 am EDT
People hurry to raise backyard chickens amidst egg shortages
“I thought,” Wouldn’t it be nice if we had our own eggs now? “She said from her home in Takoma Park, Md.
So Henry and her husband, who had been discussing a chicken investment for a long time, decided to rent a stable with two chickens, hoping to become more self-sufficient and to have “science lessons” with the poultry while their boys are coming home from school.
By Emily Davies
March 31, 2020 at 7:58 am EDT
Coronavirus inmate tests in Fairfax County prison positive
An inmate in Fairfax County prison tested positive for the corona virus, the first known case in the facility, the sheriff’s office said late Monday.
The man in his 20s was kept in prison in isolation, the sheriff’s office said. His condition was not immediately available and it was not clear whether other inmates were also being tested.
“While we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of disease, there may be more cases because people may already be exposed,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
The man has been jailed since January 29, the sheriff’s office said.
Beginning in mid-March, the prison began examining incoming inmates for signs of Covid-19 and intensifying cleaning. The sheriff’s office has also suspended visits and volunteer programs.
The Virginia Department of Justice announced Monday that no inmates in the state prisons tested positive for the coronavirus, despite multiple inmates being tested. A contract nurse tested positive for the coronavirus in a women’s facility in Goochland.
Several inmates tested positive for the corona virus in DC prison.
By Justin Jouvenal
March 31, 2020 at 6:32 am EDT
Arrests in the district are dropping amid the coronavirus outbreak
Arrests in Washington have dropped by up to 75 percent in a few days during the Covid-19 pandemic, Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor of the District for Public Security and Justice, said Monday.
Donahue said the decline was due to efforts to reduce the number of people in the judicial system, such as officials who are quoting “much more robustly” than before, rather than making arrests.
“If you see fewer arrests. . . I attribute a conscientious effort to trying to protect and use the residents [Department of Corrections] For violent crimes, domestic violence and things we absolutely need to use them for, ”said Donahue.
The DC police have expanded the types of illegal activities that can be quoted. This means that people who are handcuffed and taken to a cell at a station are sent home with a ticket and a promise to return later to court.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Monday that officials are still seeing cases of gunfire in communities.
“We want to remind people to continue to let us know about illegal weapons in our community so that we can get hold of those weapons before they are used in a crime in Washington, DC,” said Bowser.
By Darran Simon
March 31, 2020 at 6:29 am EDT
DC restaurants and their staff are trying to survive a coronavirus disaster
Trupti Patel, an advisory neighborhood commissioner and former bartender in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, learned that her restaurant job would fall victim to the novel corona virus in mid-March. She had seen her tip drop days earlier and earned what she could normally expect in a single shift in three days.
As one of around 100 dismissed employees, she started a fundraiser and turned to the community for support. She said people in the restaurant business couldn’t wait for relief to come from somewhere else, and she hopes to give at least $ 100 to every worker who asks for help.
“Your workplace is more your home than the place where you lay your head to go to sleep,” said Trupti. “It was just a surreal experience to see how an event like this can decimate an entire segment of the economy so quickly.”
Patel’s efforts are one of many in the Washington region aimed at assisting restaurant workers during the corona virus economic disaster. While some facilities have switched to delivery and delivery, others have closed, so workers, patrons and advocates need to think creatively about how to ensure that there are still kitchens and bars that they can return to when the virus returns .
By Justin Wm. Moyer
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