Coronavirus briefing 2

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors held a briefing in Leesburg March 11 regarding the coronavirus.

Loudoun County officials declared a local emergency Monday in response to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus disease also known as COVID-19.

Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet issued a declaration of local emergency with the concurrence of Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large).

“It is critical that we remove any barriers to the county’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Randall said in a prepared statement. “This declaration will give us more flexibility as we respond in the coming days, weeks and months to this public health threat.”

The declaration of a local emergency in Loudoun follows the declaration of a statewide emergency from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and local declarations from other jurisdictions in the region.

The local declaration of emergency relaxes formal procurement requirements to allow the county to more easily acquire any goods or services needed to assist in the response to the threat posed by the coronavirus, according to county officials.

Furthermore, the declaration modifies normal employment rules so that employees can be reassigned to county operations involved in response activities. The declaration is also a requirement for residents and businesses to obtain financial aid and emergency loans offered by the federal or state governments.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to formally ratify the declaration at its next business meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Government Center.

Information from Loudoun County about the coronavirus can be found at loudoun.gov/coronavirus.

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CDC’s Preventive Actions:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-Stay home when you are sick.

-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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