Loudoun County’s COVID-19 vaccination rates are among the highest in northern Virginia, but cases have nonetheless continued to increase over the summer, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
60.7% of the total population in Loudoun are fully vaccinated, and 66.1% have had at least one dose of vaccine.
In Loudoun, 80.5% of the adult population has at least one dose and 74.3% are fully vaccinated as of Wednesday evening.
Among jurisdictions in northern Virginia, Fairfax City has the highest rate of adults with at least one shot at 80.4% and adult population vaccinated at 79.9%.
“It really has been a success,” said Dr. David Goodfriend, health director for Loudoun County. “And for everyone who lives or works or represents people in Loudoun County because the vaccination efforts that have been taking place for nine months now, have really showing the benefit today.”
Despite the vaccination rate increases, Loudoun County is averaging about 21.4 coronavirus cases per day, up from about four cases per day in June, according the Virginia Department of Health.
31,051 cases have been recorded in Loudoun County, along with 1,143 hospitalizations and 285 deaths as of Sept. 8. The last reported death was nearly two weeks ago on Aug. 24.
Health officials have noted that among Loudoun residents who are vaccinated, the most likely risk factor for COVID-19 infection is another infected member of their household who is unvaccinated.
Loudoun’s positivity rate has increased from less than 1% to 5.5% over the past few weeks as the COVID-19 delta variant continues to circulate.
In Loudoun County Public Schools, the school system reported 58 active cases among students and 7 among staff members as of Wednesday.
257 students and eight staff members were under quarantine as of Wednesday.
Additionally, the data shows that 45 schools have at least one staff member or student with either an active case or in quarantine. 38 schools have reported at least one student with an active case.
LCPS’ COVID-19 data page is updated daily at 10 a.m. with information on reported cases at all school levels, according to school officials.
Visit www.LCPS.org/COVID19Data for data.
Goodfriend said that the health department is monitoring when federal officials authorize people for booster shots. He expects a decision to come within the next couple of weeks.
As for 5- to 11-year-olds, he said the staff is also looking into how the department will facilitate vaccinations children that young, should any COVID-19 vaccines be approved for that group.