The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing – June 18


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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing on everything happening in DC, Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus. 

  • Face coverings are still mandated, per the executive order signed by Governor Northam.


  • The Shelter In Place order for Northern Virginia has expired, as the entire state moves further into Phase Two.


  • Governor Northam announced details of Phase Three, but the state will not announce its commencement date until June 26, 2020. 
    • Phase Three includes the following changes:
      • The conclusion of all capacity caps for nonessential establishments.
      • Entertainment venues (parks, zoos, music venues, etc.) can reopen to 50% capacity.
      • Gyms can reopen to 75% capacity.
      • Child care facilities will fully open.
      • Swimming pools will be permitted to reach 75% capacity.



  • Governor Northam spoke in Spanish, addressing Virginia’s Latinix community, which comprises 10% of Virginia’s total population
    • Governor Northam stated, “Clearly, Latino communities are disproportionately affected by this virus,” as data has concluded that 45% of cases of Virginia’s COVID-19 cases have been among Hispanic or Latino residents.


  • The number of new cases seen daily has increased.