The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 surpassed 1,000 on Tuesday in the District, Maryland and Virginia as known coronavirus cases in the region surpassed 26,000. Virginia reported 24 additional known deaths Tuesday morning , bringing the regions total number of virus – related deaths to 1,020 . Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday that he was doing what President Trump instructed states to do when he made the decision for Maryland to purchase 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea. During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Hogan said he did not know why Trump disparaged him during his news conference Monday night .