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.