The chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia held a joint call Monday to encourage residents to stay home as the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the region.

The call also included a push for concerted efforts on testing in the region and a regional framework on business impacts. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam agreed to continue to advocate for more resources and leadership from the federal government to meet immediate needs like testing supplies and direct financial assistance to cities, counties and states.

“As leaders of the three jurisdictions of the National Capital Region, we carry a unique responsibility to keep the federal government operating,” the executives said in a statement. “Our actions promote the health and safety of more than 360,000 federal workers who live and work across our three jurisdictions. No other region in the country bears this responsibility. … [W]e call on the federal government to provide additional financial support to help our jurisdictions maintain the health and safety of the region and the federal workers who serve the American people.”

The three also stressed that the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, “knows neither borders nor boundaries.”

“We are working closely together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” they said. “Together, we are promoting social distancing and encouraging all residents to stay at home and avoid crowds and gatherings in each of our jurisdictions. We will be enforcing crowd control measures and social distancing standards. We will continue to work together to keep residents and the federal workforce as healthy and safe as possible in the coming weeks and months.”

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