Loudoun County lowers flag amid coronavirus

County flags across Loudoun have been ordered to be flown half-staff in honor of the local residents who have died of COVID-19 and to recognize essential workers responding to the pandemic.

Loudoun County has updated its COVID-19 page to include interactive dashboards that illustrate key metrics important for decision-making regarding the region’s reopening.

The dashboards released Tuesday include the “gating criteria” important in determining reopening timelines regionally and also include other key measures. Data is updated daily from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to provide information on testing totals, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Loudoun.

“By providing this additional data, we are assisting policymakers and keeping the public informed during the COVID-19 emergency,” Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, said in a prepared statement.

The county’s data dashboard includes a map of Loudoun COVID-19 cases by ZIP Code.

“Cases represent a place of residence and not necessarily where transmission may have occurred. This information should not be used to measure individual risk,” Goodfriend said.

The data dashboard also links to key demographic data on COVID-19 cases in Loudoun and the commonwealth, including hospitalizations and deaths by age, race, ethnicity and sex. 

The governor’s guidelines for reopening Virginia follow a three-phase plan. Phase 1 may be implemented in northern Virginia as early as May 29.

The timeline for Phase 1 and subsequent phases will be determined by monitoring gating criteria to determine when it is safe to progress to the next phase. These criteria include the number of cases, the number of positive tests, and percent positive; trends in the percentage of cases hospitalized; hospital bed and ICU capacity; and the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The hospital bed capacity and PPE availability for Loudoun and northern Virginia are not represented on the county’s dashboard.

The Health Department continues to urge everyone to vigilantly practice the actions proven to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including staying home as much as possible and especially when sick, frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly, staying at least six feet apart from other people when outside the home and wearing a cloth face covering over the nose and mouth when it is essential to be in public and social distancing practices are difficult to maintain.

Loudoun County had seen 1,527 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 48 deaths and 140 hospitalizations as of Tuesday morning.

More information about the coronavirus and how to prevent its spread can be found at CDC.gov/Coronavirus and Loudoun.gov/coronavirus.

(9) comments

loudouncommonsense

So, "hardworkingamerican" calling people names...again. You do know that his makes you look desperate or unable to make a point on facts?

Closing businesses causes hardships including loss of one's business.

But as a matter of fact, there were no other tools available to decrease human contact and transmission.

BTW those that believe Trump without questioning have allowed themselves to relinquish independent thought and evaluation.. Trump has in so many ways, shown time and again that what he says is for love and enrichment of himself, not you. It's your choice, but don't use your obedience to him as your master to make verbal attacks and engage in name calling on those who disagree. It minimizes the effectiveness of your arguments.

hardworkingamerican

Wow so wonderful time has been spent on this. How about spending time to save the small business owners the "lack of leadership from BOS and Northam" has caused. Lives have been destroyed and so have businesses and done so needlessly. Comparing S Korea to America? Really? Next you will be saying what a wonderful person Kim from North Korea is and that poor China needs support from the USA. GO TRUMP. VOTE RED, Remove Every Democrap.

Duncan Idaho

Here we are, two months into our lockdown and the U.S. still accounts for 1/3 of all deaths worldwide from Covid-19 on any given day. S. Korea, who saw their first case the same day as the U.S. is down to about zero deaths per day. Is there any more glaring example of leadership failure?

springerdad

Of course you believe the death totals being produced by China, Russia, North Korea and Iran and a bunch of other countries.

Are you that so easily mislead?

More Cowbell

Notice the disclosure statement, which means data is not correct. Curious why it took so long? and how much they paid? And who did the work?

nrc2112

So Loudoun has only tested 7k people? This data is not enough to support a return to business. Clearly if we reopen we will have much more severe situation. Maybe we should though because once it starts killing the upper class, more will be done about this terrible situation that is ravaging our lower income citizens.

VicMil

It is a virus! It will run its course. The stay at home order was so our hospitals were not overrun. They are not! It is time to reopen Virginia.

More Cowbell

It's killing older people, those in group homes, nursing homes, retirement centers/homes. Testing only shows numbers/stats, No way to tell if person is even quarantining if positive? maybe Loudoun can add a category on household income infected and passed. One reason lower income is hurt is because they tend to overcrowd in a house/apt/condo, usually see 10+ living in 2-3 bedroom(multiple families).

scottva

Hats off to Loudoun on their new dashboard. A lot of data points. Regardless of your views over this COVID mess and whether or not the new dashboard is 100% accurate (personally, I think it would be far too difficult for it to be 100% accurate), I think they did a good job. If you're an Apple user, use Firefox and not Safari

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