Juli Briskman

Algonkian Supervisor Juli Briskman (D), center, listens as Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) speaks during a Board of Supervisors meeting in Leesburg.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted against a proposal to request that the governor close all places of social gathering during the coronavirus outbreak.

Algonkian Supervisor Juli Briskman (D) offered the measure that failed on a 3-6 vote.

If passed, the board would have sent a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) requesting the commonwealth order the closure of restaurants, gyms, bars, movie theaters and other places of social gatherings as result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Supervisors Sylvia Glass (D-Broad Run) and Mike Turner (D-Ashburn) joined Briskman in support of the request.

“We need to act now to stop the spread of the virus, and I think the only way that we can do that is by stopping people from gathering," Briskman said.

“I also believe that if 10 people can be in a bar that means 60 people will get [coronavirus] next," she added, speaking to the multiplying effect of the virus.

The Algonkian supervisor shared several projected figures with her colleagues regarding the spread of the virus and its impact on hospitals. Her request came on the same day that Northam announced a 10-patron limit in restaurants, fitness centers and theaters.

As of Wednesday midday, there were 77 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Virginia. Across the nation there have been more 7,600 coronavirus cases, including 117 deaths. Two of those deaths were in Virginia.

Northam on Tuesday recommended against non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people, and he urged Virginians aged 65 or older be under self-quarantine.

Loudoun supervisors questioned whether those efforts were enough. Outside of Virginia, multiple states have closed their restaurants or limited them to takeout. California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington are among those states.

Glass said, “I appreciate what Governor Northam has done with the changes that he's made today, but I'm still concerned that that's still not enough.”

Supervisors also questioned the enforcement of the 10-patron limit. 

“The 10-person rule is completely unenforceable,” Turner said, “And who is going to enforce that? The health director? Well, the health director is a little busy these days. I'm sure he's not going to be enforcing the 10-person rule in restaurants."

Some supervisors felt it was unnecessary to take the actions Briskman proposed, noting the Northam administration is frequently taking mitigation measures.

Blue Ridge Supervisor Tony Buffington (R) said, “With what the governor has done in the meantime, I think we have an effective ban in place now, and to be honest, even without us doing anything, I think it might get to that point what you're talking about, or what your motion states within just a few days or a week.”

On Tuesday, the board spent nearly three hours listening to updates on the county’s efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus.

The board took several actions, including adopting the Resolution of Declaration of a Local Emergency that allows the county to more easily acquire goods or services needed to assist in the response to the virus.

The board also voted unanimously to delay the property tax deadline for the first installment of payments from May 5 to June 5. 

The governor on Tuesday also announced support for affected workers, including no wait time for unemployment benefits and enhanced eligibility for unemployment. Lastly, the governor closed 75 Department of Motor Vehicle offices, suspended non-essential court proceedings and mandated that electric, natural gas and water companies suspend disconnections for 60 days.

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Clarification: The headline of this story and the story itself has been updated to clarify that the Board of Supervisors were debating whether to send a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) requesting the governor close down all social gathering places. 

(23) comments

js

Amergirl Shane Greenstein of Kellogg Institute for international studies and Feng Zhu of Harvard Business School measured the political bias of Wikipedia and Britannica ...... The end result is that wikapedia tends to lean left So if they lean left then why are they saying (Wikapedia itself) that political correctness "is so out of control" that Wikipedia is considering changing the name of the Spanish Flu to “the 1918 Influenza Pandemic,” a move likely inspired by the false narrative that calling COVID-19 the “Wuhan” or “Chinese” virus is racist. Shear idiocy that something named over 100 yrs ago now has to be changed to accommodate PC. Yes Amergirl it is PC nonsense not racist and never was til PC became the buzz of the day.

amerigirl

Wikipedia is written by anyone who wants to write about a subject, maybe those who lean right aren't good writers. The company doesn't write the articles, people do, and other people can go n and add or alter the articles. So if anyone can write articles for Wiki how does that company lean either way?Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism.

amerigirl

It is racist, look at the way trump sneers out the word china. In 1985 WHO made guidelines to avoid stigma, saying names shouldn't mention people, places, jobs, food, Bur trump always wants to blame somebody and it will never be himself, for everything. Other countries and leaders have followed that guideline.

jke

In other news the BoS amended the Kincora plan and added 800 dwellings, yikes!

amerigirl

I guess if they keep bring in businesses to collect taxes then they must give their employees some place to live.

js

Amergirl first off why do you like millions of others call everything racist. There is already another hemmoragic (sp)fever called Crimean-Congo so is that not racist and Ebola could not be named anything Congo because of the confusion it would cause. In fact Ebola is named after a river in the area of the disease. Then there is many other viruses, too, have been named after a feature of their place of origin, including West Nile virus discovered in 1937, coxsackievirus discovered in 1948 (Coxsackie is a town in New York), Marburg virus discovered in 1967 (Marburg is a town in Germany), and Hendra virus identified 1994 (Hendra is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia).And many others. Are all these not racist then? In fact they are very hurtful and connotate racism at the very least according to your interpretation. This PC garbage is ridiculous. Call it what it is-One of my pet peeves is calling a problem a PC correct- challenge. Two different words used to mean the same thing being PC.

Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical

minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which

holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t_ _d

by the clean end

amerigirl

JS, first, how could you not realize that the comment was racist. Sure, there are diseases name for places BUT this already has a name. It is a strain of Corona virus, which comes from animals. The name already existed and trump trying to place blame on an entire group of people instead is racist. That is NOT the same thing, in fact the same thing. The Corona virus has many strains and has been around for a while. You know that he is doing it on purpose just to be nasty. So, call it was it is, it is the corona virus, or Covid 19. And what it is is a disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). It has nothing to do with political correctness, it is a fact and one trump wants to change. Follow the science and stop trying to blame this on mainstream media, political correctness, or whatever.

js

Amerigirl you and a lot of people have worn out the word racist.10 years ago racist was not bandied around like liberals use it today.It has no meaning anymore as the first thing yelled is racist or racism in everything. Get over PC is utter nonsense, call it what it is and that is not racist telling the truth. Get over Trump he is doing a good job in this crisis even by major liberals including news casters, governors etc across America. BTW Trump is not trying to blame anyone contrary to your comment he is calling it the way it is and where it almost assuredly came from. Whether from poor animal living conditions or escaping pathogens from their BLF-4 labs much like SARS came from their BLF-3 labs. Stop sugar coating that is all PC is!!! Let Trump do his job-right or wrong now is the time for all of us to step up and support what is being done then go back after this is all over and as a team meet and learn from mistakes

amerigirl

Also In 2015, the World Health Organization issued new guidelines for naming new infectious diseases in humans. The guidelines are meant to “minimize unnecessary negative effects on nations, economies and people.”

The best practice for naming diseases, WHO states, should consist of generic terms that describe the disease’s symptoms, or, if the pathogen that causes the disease is known, it should be part of the disease name.

Well Water Person

Finally some intelligence out there.

They're obviously not drinking from the fake news report koolaid.

Fiscalconservative

These difficult times are not enough for the small business owner, now some of your elected officials want to make it more difficult.

InfoOD

I heard from a friend, who works at the library, that they are still keeping the Library open with curb side service. I don't understand why they'd want to do that. They seem to be comparing curb side service with restaurants, however, but they don't understand that patrons at the restaurant don't return the containers after they consume the food therefore the workers at the restaurant won't risk as much as someone that works at the library. These politicians are so dumb. I also heard that they want to suspend the pay for the librarians if they close the library. I wonder if that is across the board for all county employees or just the library workers. Trump is trying to help the people financially but yet in the county level they nickel and dim the workers. They want to make it sound as if they are losing revenue if they close the library.

hardworkingamerican

Where have these morons been? Everything is already closed. Gyms and Ida Lee and so many others areas all "closed indefinitely". Here is the harsh truth if anyone can handle it. We are nothing but pawns as these idiots that are now controlling Loudoun scratch their heads and their you know whats. Gee lets see why they would want this or not? Called tax revenue. Well you want good sound decisions to be made. ASK the public. Approximately 27,000 people have died of the flu and over 5 million people are infected as an average. Where is the outrage? You know how many people die of smoking? Why are we still allowing the air borne contaminates from smoking to go into our atmosphere and poison the people standing around them. How about drunk driving and how many are killed from this. How about the deaths from MS-13 gangs carrying out their horrible murders. Well, you get the point. Until the public is allowed to continue to live and work so we don't go into debt and lose our life we have worked so hard for, all elected officials should not get paid. Hey, they can take out a government "low interest loan" to make their payments. Not on your life will these idiots allow their lives to be affected. But to return to the important thing, they want tax money and don't' give a damn about anyone. Sick people that have been elected to Loudoun County, not physically but mentally. They should all step down and we the people should start over. At least we have an Executive Branch that is talking about taking action that will not allow America to ever be held hostage by China or any other country when it comes to medicine, equipment and manufacturing. Bring everything back to America and Make America Independent. This is the true way to protect citizens.

amerigirl

[offtopic][offtopic][offtopic] ranting again?

Logic61

Typo NEW ENGLAND MEDICAL JOURNAL is the source NOT CNN. Wake up people trying to keep the economy going over people’s lives is ridiculous ....

Logic61

So they close schools and grocery stores are smartly taking precautions but out BOS who are suddenly virologists and know more than WHO are not going to protect us. Yesterday the New England Msdicsl Journal put out stats; COVID is stable 3 hours in air, 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on Cardboard and 2 to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel. But BOS you know better right - NOT idiots .....

MillerStuart

Country,

Other Total

Cases New

Cases Total

Deaths New

Deaths Total

Recovered Active

Cases Serious,

Critical Tot Cases/

1M pop

China 80,928 +34 3,245 +8 70,420 7,263 2,274 56

Italy 35,713 2,978 4,025 28,710 2,257 591

Iran 18,407 +1,046 1,284 +149 5,710 11,413 219

Spain 17,147 +2,378 767 +129 1,107 15,273 800 367

Germany 13,083 +756 31 +3 113 12,939 2 156

USA 9,464 +205 155 +5 108 9,201 64 29

France 9,134 264 602 8,268 931 140

S. Korea 8,565 +152 91 +7 1,947 6,527 59 167

Switzerland 3,220 +105 36 +3 15 3,169 372

UK 2,626 104 65 2,457 20 39

Netherlands 2,051 58 2 1,991 45 120

Austria 1,843 +197 5 +1 9 1,829 12 205

Belgium 1,795 +309 21 +7 31 1,743 88 155

Norway 1,632 +41 6 1 1,625 27 301

Sweden 1,302 +1 10 16 1,276 21 129

Denmark 1,132 +75 6 +2 1 1,125 30 195

Japan 923 +9 32 +3 191 700 46 7

Malaysia 900 +110 2 75 823 15 28

Canada 727 9 12 706 1 19

Diamond Princess 712 7 527 178 14

Australia 709 +113 6 46 657 1 28

Portugal 642 2 4 636 18 63

Czechia 572 +50 3 569 5 53

Brazil 529 4 2 523 18 2

Israel 529 +96 13 516 6 61

Qatar 452 4 448 157

Greece 418 6 +1 14 398 20 40

Finland 387 +28 10 377 2 70

Ireland 366 2 5 359 6 74

Luxembourg 335 +132 4 +2 331 1 535

Pakistan 335 +28 2 13 320 2

Iceland 330 +80 5 325 1 967

Poland 325 +38 5 13 307 3 9

Singapore 313 117 196 14 54

Indonesia 309 +82 25 +6 15 269 1

Slovenia 286 1 285 6 138

Romania 277 +17 25 252 5 14

Thailand 272 +60 1 42 229 1 4

Bahrain 268 +12 1 100 167 4 158

Estonia 267 +9 1 266 1 201

Saudi Arabia 238 6 232 7

Chile 238 238 3 12

Philippines 217 +15 17 8 192 1 2

Egypt 210 6 28 176 2

Hong Kong 208 +15 4 98 106 4 28

Turkey 191 2 189 2

India 174 +5 3 15 156 0.1

Ecuador 168 3 1 164 2 10

Iraq 164 12 43 109 4

Peru 155 +10 1 154 8 5

Lebanon 149 +16 4 4 141 3 22

Kuwait 148 +6 18 130 5 35

Russia 147 1 +1 8 138 1

San Marino 140 14 4 122 11 4,126

Armenia 122 +12 1 121 2 41

Mexico 118 +25 1 +1 4 113 1 0.9

South Africa 116 116 2

UAE 113 26 87 2 11

Panama 109 1 108 7 25

Taiwan 108 +8 1 26 81 5

Slovakia 105 105 2 19

Croatia 102 +13 1 +1 5 96 25

Colombia 102 +9 1 101 2

Argentina 97 3 +1 3 91 2

Serbia 97 +8 1 96 4 11

Bulgaria 94 +2 3 +1 91 14

Latvia 86 +15 1 85 46

Algeria 82 +7 8 +1 32 42 2

Uruguay 79 79 23

Vietnam 76 16 60 0.8

Hungary 73 +15 1 2 70 4 8

Brunei 73 +5 73 2 167

Faeroe Islands 72 +14 1 71 1,474

Costa Rica 69 1 68 2 14

Albania 64 +5 2 62 2 22

Morocco 58 +4 2 1 55 1 2

Cyprus 58 58 1 48

Jordan 56 1 55 5

Sri Lanka 56 +5 3 53 3

Andorra 53 1 52 686

Malta 53 +5 2 51 120

Belarus 51 5 46 5

Palestine 47 +3 47 9

Bosnia and Herzegovina 45 +6 2 43 14

Kazakhstan 44 +8 44 2

North Macedonia 43 1 42 1 21

Georgia 40 +2 1 39 1 10

Oman 39 13 26 8

Tunisia 39 +10 1 38 2 3

Cambodia 37 1 36 2

Moldova 36 1 1 34 2 9

Lithuania 36 +2 1 35 1 13

Senegal 36 2 34 2

Venezuela 36 36 1

Dominican Republic 34 2 32 3

Azerbaijan 34 1 7 26 3

Burkina Faso 33 +6 1 32 2

Guadeloupe 33 33 82

New Zealand 28 +8 28 6

Liechtenstein 28 28 734

Martinique 23 1 22 61

Uzbekistan 23 +5 23 0.7

Afghanistan 22 1 21 0.6

Bangladesh 18 +4 1 3 14 0.1

Macao 17 10 7 26

Ukraine 16 2 14 0.4

Jamaica 15 1 2 12 5

French Guiana 15 15 50

DRC 14 +7 14 0.2

Réunion 14 14 16

Cameroon 13 13 0.5

Maldives 13 13 24

Bolivia 12 12 1

Guam 12 +4 12 71

Honduras 12 +3 12 1

Cuba 11 +1 1 10 1.0

Paraguay 11 11 1 2

Rwanda 11 11 0.8

Monaco 9 9 229

Ivory Coast 9 1 8 0.3

Ghana 9 +2 9 0.3

Trinidad and Tobago 9 +2 9 6

Guatemala 8 1 7 0.4

Nigeria 8 1 7 0.04

Gibraltar 8 2 6 237

Montenegro 8 8 13

Channel Islands 7 7 40

Kenya 7 7 0.1

Ethiopia 6 6 0.05

French Polynesia 6 +1 6 21

Mongolia 6 6 2

Puerto Rico 6 6 2

Seychelles 6 6 61

Tanzania 6 +3 6 0.1

Guyana 4 1 3 5

Aruba 4 4 37

Equatorial Guinea 4 4 3

Curaçao 3 1 +1 2 18

Bahamas 3 +2 3 8

Gabon 3 3 1

Kyrgyzstan 3 3 0.5

Mauritius 3 3 2

Mayotte 3 3 11

St. Barth 3 3 304

Saint Martin 3 3 78

U.S. Virgin Islands 3 +1 3 29

Sudan 2 1 1 0.05

Barbados 2 2 7

Benin 2 2 0.2

Bermuda 2 2 32

Greenland 2 2 35

Liberia 2 2 0.4

Mauritania 2 2 0.4

Namibia 2 2 0.8

New Caledonia 2 2 7

Saint Lucia 2 2 11

Zambia 2 2 0.1

Cayman Islands 1 1 0 15

Nepal 1 1 0 0.03

Antigua and Barbuda 1 1 10

Bhutan 1 1 1

CAR 1 1 0.2

Congo 1 1 0.2

Djibouti 1 1 1

El Salvador 1 +1 1 0.2

Fiji 1 +1 1 1

Gambia 1 1 0.4

Guinea 1 1 0.08

Vatican City 1 1 1,248

Montserrat 1 1 200

Nicaragua 1 +1 1 0.2

St. Vincent Grenadines 1 1 9

Sint Maarten 1 1 23

Somalia 1 1 0.06

Suriname 1 1 2

Eswatini 1 1 0.9

Togo 1 1 0.1

Total: 225,253 6,465 9,276 333 85,826 130,151 6,893 28.9

amerigirl

That used alot of space, what does it mean?

Count Quackula

I think all of these business closings are becoming more disruptive and problematic than this Chinese virus.

Duncan Idaho

Not as disruptive and problematic as the Trump pandemic.

amerigirl

Are you trying to be racist by calling it after a group of people? Then you succeeded! There is an actual name for the flu. Do you call Ebola the Democratic Republic of Congo virus?

LetSanityPrevail

Duncan, we know you hate the president, but can you just put adds your vitriol to be constructive instead of petty.

amerigirl

Sanity, why would anyone not speak their mind when it comes to how this virus was handled? Listen, let me say this loud and clear, the president is still trying to cut funding to the CDC and NIH as we speak. People need to speak out. It will not interfere with the medical community doing their best to stop the virus. But it might keep funding in the next budget. Don’t you think there would have been better results if he had not cut the pandemic committee? Or followed through with the pandemic practice book instead of throwing it in the trash? Or if there had been the funding that used to be there to have more people working on the problem? Stop worrying about protecting trump and worry about your neighbors. There is a high chance that his actions have caused more deaths than would have happened.

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