Loudoun County officials announced Tuesday county government will be suspending some of its public-facing operations for one to two days to prepare for social distancing protocols.

The measure comes as county officials mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This week, several county service centers will temporarily close or adjust their hours of operation including the Departments of Family Services; Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services; Planning and Zoning; Building and Development; and the Office of Mapping and Geographic Information.

All impacts to county operations will be posted at loudoun.gov/temporaryclosures.

Residents are encouraged to check the webpage before making a visit to any Loudoun County government department or program in person to confirm the location is open to the public.

In addition, the county is suspending the use of its public conference rooms to anyone outside the county government at least until April 1.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends social distancing as one of the best measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The CDC defines social distancing as maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from others when possible, which limits the potential of the virus spreading from person to person through coughs and sneezes.

The CDC also recommends avoiding mass gatherings and crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters and stadiums.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the many online services available through the county website, loudoun.gov, including paying taxes, filing a marriage license application and viewing animals available for adoption, to name a few. The website also lists telephone numbers and emails for all county departments.

The county has established a coronavirus information web page, which can be found by clicking here.

Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19.

-Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus to sign up for email and text updates on COVID-19.

-Text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19.

Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or emailhealth@loudoun.gov.

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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.

(4) comments

employeesmattertoo

The Loudoun County Government needs to be mindful of their employees as well as the citizens. Officials should take part in the "first line" of assisting the public one on one. Maybe then they would share our fear of catching the virus and passing along to our loved ones. Not only are the 65 an older are impacted by this, but also ones that deal with autoimmune issues, diabetes, COPD, Asthma and other various health issues. Many of us have children and parents to care for at home. All we are doing is playing Russian Roulette. Stop the spread!!!

RandomName2019

Why isn't the entire government closing to the public? Pretty sure most things can just be done online or over the phone, right?

Sensible Suzy

Officials would rather allow staff and their families to infect one another. Citizens are teleworking and staying home. Who needs a permit, marriage license or to be at a community center? Should only be essential staff on call duty.

Unless they are public safety they should be home working or away from public.

employeesmattertoo

ABSOLUTELY!!!! Agree 1000%

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