Loudoun County government building

The Loudoun County Government Center in downtown Leesburg

While there had been no reported cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of Wednesday afternoon, Loudoun County officials announced the Board of Supervisors will receive a public briefing on the global outbreak and the county’s preparedness at the county government center March 11.

Information about Loudoun's meeting was released the same day Gov. Ralph Northam (D) led a press conference and briefing in Richmond.

“While the risk is still low here in Virginia, state agencies are focused on preparation efforts, and we are encouraging Virginians to practice good hygiene measures and continue following updates from state and federal health officials,” Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey said in a prepared statement.

Members of the public are welcome at the March 11 meeting in Leesburg, or they can watch the briefing on Comcast Government TV Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40, Verizon FiOS Channel 40 or online at loudoun.gov/webcast. The session begins at 5 p.m.

Loudoun residents can also receive the updates by signing up at loudoun.gov/coronavirus. Questions can be emailed to the  Board of Supervisors at bos@loudoun.gov.

Dr. David Goodfriend, the county's health director, will brief the board on the novel coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19 and the measures the county is taking to mitigate the infection’s impact in the community. The health department is engaged with its regional, state and federal partners to address COVID-19, some of whom will be on hand for the briefing, according to a county announcement.

As outlined in the county’s Pandemic Response Plan, the efforts include monitoring travelers, educating the public, collaborating with health care providers and working with schools on appropriate protocols.

The health department recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent 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; or cough or sneeze into the sleeve of your shirt.

-Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

-Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for using a facemask; the CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

As of this week, according to state officials, potential cases of COVID-19 will be tested at Virginia’s Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services rather than at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Virginia-based testing is expected to generate results within a few hours, allowing for faster responses.

Experts also urge the public to be cautious against misinformation and the stigmatization of certain populations – particularly Asian Americans and individuals of Asian descent.

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CORONAVIRUS BY THE NUMBERS

-0 confirmed cases in Virginia

-95,097 cases worldwide

-137 cases in the U.S.

-3,252 deaths worldwide

-11 deaths in the U.S.

*Stats as of afternoon of March 4

(8) comments

LoudounClear

Our woefully unprepared national leadership is learning that it's much harder to gaslight a virus. Anti-science is fine when you're railing against climate change or defunding important public health initiatives...but when reality intrudes, it's a different story, isn't it? We need to get some people that actually believe in science handling things and stop indulging overweight, has-been reality TV stars who'd rather set up another golf match and brag about their genius uncle...

JDCarroll88

Presently there is no vaccine or obviating medication to aid in the eradication of this disease and slow the spread of infection. However, there are others for which medications are available that can efficiently contribute to mollifying the symptoms of paranoia, depression and bi-polar disorder.

Jeanne T

LOL, best post of the day!

Jeanne T

The recommendations on prevention from the health department are not new. We always see these same ones during flu season, year after year. It's amazing what even just washing your hands will prevent! [smile]

hardworkingamerican

First good points, this is being used as an attack on our very way of life. Like Russia and China who are laughing at what the Media is doing. How about the millions of people who have the flu? How about the deaths in Chicago where 23 were shot and 9 died? How about applauding how quickly Trump acted shutting people from certain countries into the USA, oh wait the Socialist Communist Democratic Party called him a racist when he did that. How about applauding the 2.5 billion dollars Trump wanted to divert to combat this, oh wait, Democrats just passed an 8 plus billion dollar bill with discretionary spending for their pet projects as well as 1.25 billion going overseas. How about Loudoun County sending in the CDC to Ida Lee where people are sweating and coughing and slobbering on the machines and not wiping them down with the provided disinfectant and towels and when you ask some snowflake to wipe down their machine they roll their eyes because you interrupted their phone call while they were finishing doing the exercise wrong and state, "why should I no one else does". Ida Lee is a breeding ground for disease and infection due to the employees not enforcing their posted rules and when you point it out or confront someone they just roll their eyes. How about stopping the hate for this administration that has helped Americans more than any other President. How about removing Wexton who does Bloombergs bidding. How about Bloomberg instead of spending 200 million in VA elections and another 500+ million in a failed pathetic presidential run that "came up short" spending that money to help buy masks or whatever or support research, or better yet move all the homeless in California that create a breeding ground for disease to a homeless community where they can be supportive of their lives. Point blank is that the new SCD party only wants power and money and will do whatever it takes, as Chucky Schumer just showed by threatening 2 supreme court justices, to get it. They don't give a darn about the middle class hard working tax paying citizens. Only one choice left. Turn VA and the country all RED (Remove Every Democrat) We are in the fight of our lives between Quid Pro Quo Joe and Bernie Socialist Communist Sanders that want to take every dime you have worked to save away. VOTE RED!! Take VA and the country back.

DavisB

wow, simply wow - settle down there

ace10

For those of us in western Loudoun who don't have cable and don't have bandwidth to stream, will there be a mailer with this critical(?) public health information?

BobOhneiserEsq

Please consider reporting flu cases and deaths as well especially if there was a fatality of someone who had received a flu shot in the same time relevant period they died. :-)

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