“Pam and I were deeply saddened to learn that a Virginian has died from COVID-19, and we grieve for everyone this virus has touched around the world,” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said in a statement. “This is a public health crisis—we must all treat it as such. Again, I urge Virginians: take this seriously.”The death was the first known fatality in the District, Maryland or Virginia from the virus. It came as the number of cases in the region grew by more than two dozen to at least 85 on Saturday.Maryland announced nine new cases since Friday night, bringing the state’s total number of known infections to 27.That overall tally includes a health-care provider at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the hospital announced Saturday.The case is the first confirmed infection of a health-care provider in Maryland, Virginia or the District.Kim Hoppe, senior director of public relations at Johns Hopkins Medicine, declined to say how and when that person may have contracted the virus or how many people at the hospital came in contact with the individual. She did say that all patients, clinicians and staff who may have been in contact with the provider have been identified and have been instructed to


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