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Prince George’s on Pace to Begin Modified Reopening, Alsobrooks Says

If coronavirus data continues a downward trend in Prince George’s County, the majority-Black jurisdiction could return to a “modified reopening” June 1, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said Thursday.

Alsobrooks released a statement summarizing how hospitalizations averaged 244 patients per day from May 3-9. The following week, that average decreased to 208 patients. So far this week, the number stands at 185.

Additionally, the county’s weekly death toll fell to 59 the week of May 10, down from as high as 72 during the week of April 19.

Details on what a reopening would look like such as restrictions on which businesses can resume and accept a number of patrons would be provided “in the coming days.”

“After reviewing recent data, we are cautiously moving toward a modified phase one reopening by June 1,” Alsobrooks said. “I urge all Prince Georgians to exercise caution, use good judgment and observe the stay-at-home order this holiday weekend so that we can stay on track to begin reopening by our target date.”

As of Thursday, the county continues to record the highest number of confirmed cases in Maryland at 13,310. Of those cases, almost 4,250 are Blacks, according to the county data tracker.

Of the 440 deaths, 310 are Black residents.

In neighboring Montgomery County, which has the state’s second-highest number of confirmed cases at 9,260, officials there are also preparing for a possible reopening next week.

The jurisdiction that also borders D.C. has recorded 490 coronavirus-related deaths, 342 of which occurred in nursing and group homes and assisted-living facilities, county data shows.

D.C. officials announced Thursday the city could reopen by May 29, but Mayor Muriel Bowser could make a decision Tuesday after the Memorial Day weekend.

The total number of cases in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia total almost 84,460 — Maryland at 43,351, Virginia at 34,137, and D.C. at 7,788.

Prince George’s County Council member Jolene Ivey (D-District 5) of Cheverly said she’s pleased the region is operating “in lockstep” to combat the virus, but expressed concern about the county reopening too soon when it still has hundreds of thousands of cases, especially if nearby jurisdictions reopen on different days.

“I really wish that we would all stay together on us,” she said. “I don’t like the sound of reopening at all, or what the message sends. We’re all going to have to be vigilant.”

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I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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