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Someone who attended the Potomac Falls High School in-person graduation ceremony in Sterling Wednesday tested positive for coronavirus prior to attending the event, Loudoun County Public Schools officials announced Friday night.

LCPS officials did not disclose whether the person was a graduate or another attendee.

Here is Superintendent Eric Williams's full statement released Friday:

"I am writing to inform you that Loudoun County Public Schools learned today that an individual who attended the Potomac Falls High School in-person graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 24, had tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 prior to attending the event.

If your family attended the in-person ceremony on June 24, you may recall that PFHS staff members practiced recommended precautionary measures intended to prevent the spread of the virus throughout the process. Participants were encouraged to maintain physical separation of six feet or more, only one family was allowed into the auditorium at a time, Potomac Falls staff members wore cloth face coverings and rubber gloves during the ceremonies, and LCPS has been frequently cleaning the facilities used for graduations to guard against transmission.

When provided a report of an individual testing positive for COVID-19, the Loudoun County Health Department (LCHD) determines the need and extent of a contact investigation in accordance with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) policies and takes action accordingly. 

The Virginia Department of Health defines 'close contacts' as people who have been within 6 feet of a person who tests positive for the virus, for 15 minutes or more, starting from 48 hours before symptom onset. 

When LCHD conducts contact investigations, its practice is to reach out to all 'close contacts' of people who have tested positive, as defined in the preceding paragraph, if there are any. The LCHD advises that anyone who is ill should self-isolate and contact their physician for further guidance. The LCHD can be reached at 703-737-8300 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday for questions. 

I hope this information is helpful to you in reviewing your family’s participation in Wednesday’s events. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please contact your personal physician or the Loudoun County Health Department at the numbers listed above."

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This is a Times-Mirror news alert. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for more information as it becomes available.

 

(42) comments

springerdad

Posted this AM from inside Nova.

New cases of coronavirus dropped again in Northern Virginia in Monday's report to 108, the second lowest daily increase since early April, as only 453 new cases were reported statewide.

Hospitalizations statewide for COVID-19 hit another low Monday morning, at 796, down from 818 a day earlier and less than half the peak of 1,625 reached on May 8.

Northern Virginia now accounts for 51% of the state's total of 62,189 cases, the Virginia Department of Health reported. Northern Virginia's share of the total cases, once nearly 60%, has been slowly declining in recent weeks.

The health department reported eight new deaths statewide linked to COVID-19, with six of those in Northern Virginia. Of the state's 1,740 deaths linked to the coronavirus, more than half, 929, have been in Northern Virginia. Fairfax County alone has had more than a quarter of the deaths, with 478.

amerigirl

That sounds great but that has happened before. and it might be from the spike from last week in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun & Pr.William. We have had those spikes before. Don't get me wrong, I think we are headed in the right direction I just would hate for people to start being careless and make all the figures go back up again.

LoudounPulse

How many people in their teens or twenties have died? If the answer remains (zero), LCPS needs to open at the end of August with normal in class schedules.

LCPS and older teachers can figure out their game plan, but students should not be screwed with hybrid schedules.

Duncan Idaho

Amen!

RandomName2019

What an incredibly short-sighted view. How many people in their teens and twenties have older parents, grandparents, or immunocompromised siblings?

What this shows us is that even if we wanted to go back to in-person schooling there are a subset of individuals who will put everyone else at risk because they refuse to take personal accountability.

DavisB

dies? what about gotten sick? What about going to have serious health issues down the road - you are OK with this as long as they don't die?

amerigirl

I agree, especially when you consider all the clotting problems that are showing up in the younger set of people and the amount of strokes and amputations they are having, That takes a lot of rehab.

LoudounPulse

You are stretching. Nobody in their teens, 20s, or 30s in Loudoun has died or been in the ICU. Forecasting issues down the road is a massive reach. There as already been over 2,000,000 Americans with the virus who are alive and well. Many have no clue they even have the virus. No matter how you spin the data, the fact remains that people over 50yrs old (mostly 80+) are the high risk pool with the greatest risk of death. Not kids who are 8, 12, or 16yrs old. Yes you might find a case here or there, but 99% of all the cases are among seniors.

amerigirl

So far what you say is true, so far. The mutation that is hitting the south is not the same, it is putting younger people in the hospital. To think that the same form of the virus will skip this area is wishful thinking not a massive reach. I suppose you thought it wouldn’t hit the US if it had to cross an ocean. How do you know that many people are well? Alive yes, but how do you know how well they are? They may have recovered from the virus but still have other complications. Deaths are not all that matter. As far as your figures how do you know the ages of people in the ICU’s? the number for hospitalizations ages 0-9 (3), 20-29 (7), 30-39 (24), 40-49 (46) 50-59 (52) and the highest group of hospitalizations in Loudoun, 60-69 (48). These are all groups with working age people, not senior citizens, no matter how you spin the data the senior citizens are not the highest group taking up the hospital space.

amerigirl

Where, just Loudoun? You are aware nationwide that there are new strains and the people who are filling up the hospitals are younger people. Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday.The U.S. is seeing a "disturbing surge" of COVID-19 infections, particularly in the Southeast and West, increasing cases in younger people, in their 20s, 30s and 40s. What you really need to do is look at the CDC chart for hospitalizations and see how younger people have caught up with older people. Some hospitals have reached capacity and others are close.

springerdad

No there are not new strains.

This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/06/29/coronavirus-mutation-science/?arc404=true

amerigirl

That is up for debate according to Medical News Today. Since the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, several research studies have highlighted variations in the virus’s genetic sequence. This has prompted discussion about whether or not there are several strains. But you are right, I meant mutations. Sorry, wrong word.

DavisB

new report out today by Loudoun County reports increase in cases among teens and young adults with more than 150 new cases between 16-18

springerdad

Well duh. They all went to the beach after graduation. I personally know of 5 teens that went down to Myrtle beach and are now positive.

amerigirl

They shouldn't have opened beaches or bars.

springerdad

Or allowed protests and rioting but oh well.

nobody

Apparently you don't realize that younger people are spreading the virus to people who get sick and sometimes die. Younger people don't suffer severe effects nearly as much as older people, but everyone has an equal right to stay alive.....

amerigirl

But those younger people are starting to fill hospital beds across the south.

Periodic Table

"but everyone has an equal right to stay alive" -> Sure, nobody is preventing seniors, or you, to stay inside, have a few blasts door installed, fumigate your environment every hour, and be completely isolated. The younger ones, however, and those who are not afraid of their own shadows, should be free to take their chances.

amerigirl

seriously? You would be insane to admit that is true. The stats increase with age but the chances of deaths start at the 40-49 age group. How do you think they would survive if their company opens and they can't collect unemployment? This disease isn't a shadow and you don't seem to know who effects or even the long lasting effects on those who are of working age. The median age of the workforce in VA is 38.3 years old, so by your standards a little less than half of the workforce shouldn't go out but also have no income.

Thebroof

Shutting down small businesses so you're left with corporations, trying to spread the virus because orange man bad, Loudoun democrats have gone off the deep end.

DavisB

what are you talking about? did you read the article or did you pick a random story to post your political support for Trump?

Duncan Idaho

They don't realize the "orange man" *is* bad. Very bad, in fact.

amerigirl

Maybe we really should mimic the republican states and open up to business early look at how well that is going for Texas (Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) expressed regret for allowing bars to reopen so early,) Florida, N. Car. or the about 30 in total experiencing huge surges and hospitals reach capacity. The steady increases in cases and hospitalizations prompted officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to predict that COVID-19 deaths in the United States would rise to between 130,000 and 150,000 by July 18. I guess that is a stat you can live with, unless you catch it. Sure blame it on Dems, typical repub response.

Voltaire

Thebroof--actually, that isn't really true. There are small businesses who are open today because they properly managed their finances and were innovative. As an active shareholder in many corporations, I am very glad that they are open as they are generating revenue which be returned to me in either dividends/share buybacks. To quote Gordon Gekko...."Capitalism at its finest!"

romano

smells almost like an irresponsible reporting of this in an effort to create panic. The media wants this hysteria to get worse.

DavisB

just because you don't want it to be true does not make it false

amerigirl

What hysteria? If anything the pubic ha been too complaisant with the virus which is why we have such a high increase. How does saying someone got it and giving those who attended the knowledge create panic, t gives them information they can use or ignore.

doverboy

Or complacent

Periodic Table

"How does saying someone got it and giving those who attended the knowledge create panic"

-> Simply by continually implying that if you get it, you may die or suffer a big bad disease for a long time. That creates panic in humans. Now, if you're not human ... your comment is understandable.

amerigirl

You would panic over that? i doubt it, people don't panic they get tested. If they get that sick they go to a hospital. You can stop with the barbs, they don't even make sense. Humans are not going to panic like you think they are ignorant remark.

Virginia SGP

Loudoun will likely not even trace these folks because it is such a low risk event. The comments on social media about this are crazy. Patients go to hospitals and do not spread it every day. Socially distanced kids wearing masks and coming into close proximity for a few minutes is a non-event.

DavisB

do you understand that the parents of these students knew the kids were infected and brought them to the graduation anyway - this is the way many in our community operate - only thinking about themselves and putting others in danger - I am sure you can relate

Virginia SGP

They wore masks and practiced social distancing. The CDC doesn't even recommend testing anybody else because they were not in "close contact". Do you think COVID radiates out of the body?

amerigirl

Were you there? They don't know if it was a student or not. Can you guarantee that everyone was wearing a mask? Very snarky on the "radiates out of the body" comment why always so nasty? You must be a real pleasure to live with.

amerigirl

Great comeback, repeat what I said, Like I said they don't say if it was a student or attendee, if they were masked or not but you must know for a fact that everyone was masked. It's you the great, so how could anyone forget that you are never wrong. Were you there? Was everyone n attendance wearing a mask?

DavisB

so now you are not only an expert in teaching, you are an expert in diseases and epidemiology? Notice what SGP is saying - no matter how sick you are, there is no need to quarantine - as long as you wear a mask, you cannot spread the virus. So, no need for teachers to wear masks in schools when they open unless they are sick. If they are sick, they must come to work because they will not transmit the disease if they are masked up. Oh, year, kids can't spread it either according to his previous posts - so, since we can trust families to know who is sick and that they will wear a mask 100% of the time, there is nothing to worry about because SGP guarantees the safety of everyone in the community

Virginia SGP

DavisB, are you arguing against CDC and health agency guidelines now? Should everyone within a 3 miles radius be quarantined and tested?

Let's repeat slowly. Anyone in "close contact" (closer than 6 ft for MORE than 15 minutes) may need to be tested. Masks mitigate that risk. There appears to be NO CLOSE CONTACTS so guidelines dictate nobody else is even tested. Can you not comprehend basic English?

DavisB

OH SGP - don't change the subject - no one is arguing against the CDC - they are simply pointing out that you continue to be totally off base

- while masks help, even more important is staying home when you are sick- you seem to be saying that these families did nothing wrong

amerigirl

SGP, the CDC guidelines clearly state what to do if you are sick; Stay home except to get medical care. How do you know there were NO CLOSE CONTACTS? There are limited entrances/exits, facilities etc. You are the one that is unable to comprehend the situation and that has nothing to do with mastering the language.

What4

If it wasn't a big deal, then why did Loudoun feel the need to report it?

amerigirl

Great time for dear leader to stop funding testing sites. Loser

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