First District Death Due to COVID-19

On Mar. 16, Mayor Bowser ordered the shutdown of bars and restaurants; on Mar. 24, the shutdown order closed non-essential businesses and restricted activity. Screenshot: Mayor's press conference March 16,

The District has lost its first resident to COVID-19.

The DC Department of Health announced the death of the patient, a 59-year-old male, early the afternoon of March 20.

A press release said that he was admitted to a local hospital last week, presenting with symptoms of fever and cough as well as other underlying medical conditions. He later tested positive and his case was included among the District’s reporting data.

“It is with great sadness that we announce a tragic death and, on behalf of our residents, I share our love and condolences with the patient’s family and friends,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “As a community, we must continue to support one another during these uncertain times. Everyone must do their part so that we can blunt the spread and protect our families, friends, and neighbors.”

At 3:00 p.m. today, March 20, the Mayor will hold a press briefing. It will be streamed live at

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