Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.
The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.
“This virus is spreading rapidly and exponentially. To researchers and medical experts, they’re saying that in two weeks time, the D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas could look like New York and the tristate area,” Hogan said.