July 14, 2020 at 10:34 PM EDT
Virginia, Maryland governors take action as cases tick upward in D.C. region
The greater Washington region’s largest daily caseloads of the past month have occurred in the past five days, prompting the governors of Maryland and Virginia to take actions Tuesday to halt its spread.
The seven-day average of cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia increased for an eighth consecutive day on Tuesday, jumping to 1,421, on a par with the region’s daily average a month earlier. The average for the three jurisdictions had tumbled to 907 in late June, but a reversal in that trend has showed no signs of slowing.
Hoping to stave off the coronavirus spikes seen in other states, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) wrote a letter to local leaders across the state, pressing them to enforce social distancing and mask requirements in bars and restaurants. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) ordered state inspectors to start making unannounced visits to restaurants and retail establishments across the state, with plans to revoke business licenses if customers are not wearing masks.
By Dana Hedgpeth, Antonio Olivo, Erin Cox and Ovetta Wiggins