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Thursday, July 2 | D.C. area COVID-19 headlines of the day

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As of Thursday, July 2, 142,858 cases of COVID-19 and 5,445 deaths have been confirmed in our region.

  • D.C. 10,390 cases, 554 deaths
  • Maryland 68,423cases, 3,086 deaths
  • Virginia 61,039 cases, 1,712 deaths
  • West Virginia 3,006 cases, 93 deaths

For a full breakdown of numbers by jurisdiction, click here.

Montgomery County recreation pools to open July 6 as part of county's Phase 2 reopening

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With the summer underway and people seeking relief from the heat, Montgomery County announced Thursday that its recreation pools will open on Monday, July 6 as part of the county's Phase Two reopening during the pandemic.

The county will open its seven outdoor pools and three indoor aquatic centers and it will be open to pass holders only, according to a release from the Montgomery County government.

Under the opening guidelines, outdoor pools will open for two-hour sessions of swimming between noon and 8 p.m. seven days a week. Indoor aquatic centers will open for lap swimming only.

FULL STORY HERE

Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

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Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

In the words of one study, it comes down to the danger of "heavy breathing in close proximity."

FULL STORY HERE

From big cities to backyards, July 4 not usual blowout bash

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The idea sounds almost un-American.

The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to come together, daylong celebrations with patriotic parades in the morning and fireworks finales to cap it off.

This year, people are being urged to stay home.

FULL STORY HERE

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