Coronavirus II

The Loudoun County Health Department says a Loudoun resident has tested “presumptive positive” for coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.

The positive test result is considered presumptive pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

County officials say the presumptive positive case is a resident in their 40s. The person is believed to have come in contact with a person with COVID-19 while attending Christ Church, Georgetown in Washington, D.C., which has reported a case.

"This resident was brought to the attention of the Loudoun County Health Department early Tuesday morning following testing for the novel coronavirus by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in Richmond," county officials said in a statement. "The patient is currently doing well and is isolated at home."

County officials held a news conference a couple hours after announced the first presumptive positive case. They did not provide any additional details about the victim's identity or where they may have traveled within the county.

“We know the risk of coronavirus disease—or COVID-19—increases among close contacts of infected persons,” Loudoun County Health Department Director David Goodfriend said in a prepared statement. “In this case, based on the results of our contact investigation to date, the risk to the general Loudoun community remains low.”

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness, according to the health department. In a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can cause death, particularly among those who are older or who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Health experts offer the following tips to avoid the spread of the virus:

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

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

-Stay home when you are sick.

-Avoid contact with sick people.

-Avoid non-essential travel.

The Loudoun County Health Department has a public information line, 703-737-8300, for questions from Loudoun County residents. The call center is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

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Click here to read more about the coronavirus in Loudoun and the county's efforts to handle the outbreak.

(33) comments

Duncan Idaho

The most vulnerable demographic is also the one which watches Fox News the most.

MarcStinebaugh

This virus is a joke. People watch too many movies.

TheTruth

The Chinese government has been practicing population control since the Han Dynasty. COVID-19 is an government engineered bio weapon

Good Guy

A good reporter would find out where in Loudoun, and use he/she versus where, and find out where else that person had been within Loudoun. More facts please.

scatterbrain

Sure. So you want them to get information that hasn't been released, and is probably protected by Privacy laws. In other words, you want them to be James Bond, and not a good reporter.

LoudounClear

One thing this virus has taught us: we need the expertise of the deep state much more than we need happy talk from the derp state.

amerigirl

Are you one of those who actually think there is a deep state? We get a kick out of that conspiracy.

workhardgetahead

Kick all you want, it exist.

Duncan Idaho

In their view, anyone with an IQ above room temperature is part of the "deep state".

LetSanityPrevail

The scientists, health experts and public health officials are not part of the deep state. You demean their contribution, and they rise above the deep statists who try to circumvent the objectives of elected leaders. Keep politics out of this.

ace10

Wonder how those Italians are feeling about their "open border" policy these days? In the USA, it's the (D)s who have chosen to not protect our borders. Remember that on voting day.

amerigirl

Pants on fire. Show me one thing that dems have done that supports illegal immigration? I've asked before and never been answered.

springerdad

Amerigirl you can't be serious. Have you ever heard of a sanctuary city? Have you ever heard of city officials that refuse to work with ICE?

scatterbrain

Some of them want open borders, and/or almost-open borders. So I guess you're right --- if you legalize everything, then nothing is illegal. Then presto, you're no longer supporting the previously-illegal activity!

workhardgetahead

Drivers license's iin Virginia. Hows that for starting. How about catch and release. And we're just getting started.

LoudounBornandRaised92

This is an absolutely ludicrous comment. This has zero to do with open borders. The two Chinese people that tested positive for the virus in Italy were TOURISTS. We have tourists all the time in the USA. Stop making this political. You are part of the problem.

ace10

Political? Are you kidding me? The media and the (D)'s have done NOTHING BUT hype this illness to further their own agenda. H1N1 infected 1 in 5 Americans early in 0bama's presidency, yet he was given a pass on the entire thing. Where did that illness come from? Mexico. 12000 Americans dead. You think that its a coincidence that the outbreak in our country began in California and Texas? Control the borders and our nation becomes stronger AND a more united place for all of us.

LoudounBornandRaised92

You are literally spewing false information Ace10. The first case of the virus was in Washington state, not California or Texas. Trump has already said that the border is not the issue here (even though he may still close it). The president said it is not a border issue. So stop spewing nonsense and false information.

ace10

The 2009-10 outbreak of H1N1 in the United States ABSOLUTELY began in California and Texas. You are literally spewing false information to claim otherwise.

JT

Difficult to compare the death rate at a time when most case aren't even recognized. If someone doesn't have severe symptoms they likely don't see a doctor. As time passes confirmed cases will rise and the death rate will drop considerably.

amerigirl

We hope.

CindyLou

Prayers to this person. We shall see how this goes, however, I really don't get this toilet paper obsession. I mean really, what is the deal with the toilet paper???

amerigirl

crazy isn't it? There was plenty at the grocery store when I went.

CW3

I believe it’s because whenever a major storm or an issue such as this—people think that if they are stuck at home and cannot get out, they want to make sure they have enough. I’m just guessing here.

But think about it—(and you mockers out there can have a good laugh if you want—these type of events shouldn’t come as a surprise to you Cindy. 😉😎

More Cowbell

amerigal, hard to believe you have time to do anything other than post on here....

BobOhneiserEsq

How many have the flu even though they took a flu shot? :-)

amerigirl

This isn't the flu. The flu death rate is .1%, the corona virus death rate is 3.4% according to WHO. How many more people would get the flu without a vaccine?

ace10

Fear mongering at its very best. Comparing the historical mortality rate of a seasonal disease in the USA with an ESTIMATED GLOBAL mortality rate for an emerging disease. Jeesh. We don't live in a developing nation. And nobody knows what the actual mortality rate will be for COVID19. How about you take a break from the crazy for just a couple of minutes?

amerigirl

Ace, do you think you are smarter than the people at the World Health Org,? I responded to Bob comparing it with the flu, or did you not read that part? The World Health Organization announced in March that COVID-19 has killed 3.4% of the people who have caught it so far—a mortality rate far higher than not only the seasonal flu, but also higher than earlier COVID-19 mortality estimates, which were around 2%. Estimate? NO. You think the people who died from it were in developing nations? Sure, like Italy and all the other countries in Europe, and many countries in North and South America, Africa, and Australia. Jeesh, yourself for not getting the facts.

ace10

I don't personally know the "people at WHO," so it's not my place to compare relative intelligence. But here's an actual bit of instruction directed to YOU regarding mortality rates (or effective tax rates since I know that you've had trouble understanding those in the past, as well): if you don't know the numerator (# of deaths) and you don't know the denominator (#of infected), then all you can do is ESTIMATE. That's how this works. And if you don't think that mortality rates FOR ALL DISEASES aren't higher in developing nations, then you clearly don't have even a basic understanding of how the delivery of health care works.

firefly

Amerigirl, Your 3.4% stat is a bit misleading. The COVID-19 virus appears to have a .2% death rate for those 40 and under. No children under age 9 have died and only 1 child under 18 (who also had other health issues). The mortality rate for those 80 and over is around 15%. This virus is worse than the flu for the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. For everyone else, calm down.

Matthew

Yeah Bob, you can sneak one past our local "expert," the internet is never wrong.

amerigirl

Best wishes to that person.

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