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Maryland’s 2 largest jurisdictions ease virus restrictions

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s two most populated jurisdictions on Monday started easing some restrictions on businesses that have been in place because of the coronavirus.

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in the suburbs of the nation’s capital have had the two highest numbers of cases in Maryland. Prince George’s has had 15,353 confirmed cases as of Monday morning. Montgomery has had 11,476 cases.

The two counties delayed implementing parts of Maryland’s stage one reopening plan because of the number of cases in the jurisdictions. Maryland has had a total of 53,327 confirmed cases statewide.

Montgomery eased restrictions on car washes and outdoor youth activities. It also allowed outdoor dining and curbside pickup for retail. Prince George’s also began allowing pickup for retail and outdoor dining and carry-out. Personal services also began in Prince George’s by appointment only.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and be life-threatening.

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