Update: 11:12 a.m.
Loudoun County officials announced Tuesday that county government will be suspending some of its public-facing operations for one to two days to prepare for social distancing protocols.
Meanwhile, Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams on Monday night informed parents the school system will be closed at least through April 10.
Addressing the commonwealth Tuesday morning, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said the commonwealth is following federal guidelines urging people to avoid gatherings of 10 people or less.
Northam did not impose a mandate for restaurants to cease operations.
Update: March 16, 5:29 p.m.
Virginia has reported another death as result of the coronavirus, according to state health officials.
Like the first death reported over the weekend, the victim was a man in his 70s who died from respiratory failure.
Earlier Monday, Loudoun County declared a local emergency to help free up resources to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Update: March 16, 10:51 a.m.
County officials say there are now five presumptive positive cases of coronavirus from Loudoun County. Click here to read more.
Local nonprofits have sprung to action during the crisis. You can read more about what they're doing here.
Update: March 15, 9:13 p.m.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Sunday banned all public gatherings of more than 100 people statewide and ordered a two-week shutdown of municipal offices in an area of southeast Virginia that has been hit by a cluster of coronavirus cases, including the state's first death from the virus.
The statewide number of cases on Sunday was listed at 45. The number of cases in Loudoun County remained at three.
A day after announcing the county's libraries and Adult Day Centers would remain open, local officials changed course and said those services would be cancelled beginning Monday. Click here to read more.
Update: March 14, 6:04 p.m.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has announced the first death from coronavirus in Virginia.
Also Saturday, Loudoun County officials announced new measures they're taking to combat the pandemic. Click here to read more.
Update: March 13, 9:51 p.m.
Loudoun County Health Director David Goodfriend says the county's third coronavirus case has no identified contact with a known coronvavirus case and has not traveled to a high-risk location, meaning community transmission cannot be ruled out.
Update: March 13, 5:16 p.m.
Loudoun County officials say a third local resident has tested presumptive positive for coronavirus.
The third person has been described only as a man in his 30s.
The county's Health Department is reportedly investigating the source of infection for the third person, who is being treated at a local hospital, according to the announcement.
The previous two Loudoun coronavirus cases were linked to a church in Washington, D.C., where a rector was carrying the virus.
A Loudoun County spokesman could not immediately say whether community transmission -- an instance where the infected person had no known contact with another confirmed case or did not travel to a country significantly affected by the pandemic -- has been ruled out.
Information from Loudoun County about the coronavirus can be found at loudoun.gov/coronavirus.
Local officials announced the third case roughly an hour after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.
Update: March 13, 3:06 p.m.
Virginia public schools will be closed for at least the next two weeks, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) ordered Friday afternoon.
"I recognize this will pose a hardship on many families, but closing our schools for two weeks will not only give our staff time to clean and disinfect school facilities, it will help slow the spread of the virus," Northam said in a prepared statement.
Update: March 13, 1:39 p.m.
Thirty people in Virginia have tested positive for the coronavirus, with 17 of those residing in northern Virginia, according to the state Department of Health.
No new coronavirus cases in Loudoun County have been announced Friday, leaving the total number of local residents with the disease at two.
Update: March 13, 10:42 a.m.
Over the past 24 hours, numerous governmental entities and agencies have announced plans to combat the spread of coronavirus.
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and other first responders held a briefing Thursday afternoon to talk about some of the measures they're taking, including cancelling fingerprinting at several stations, keeping a distance when possible when interacting with the public and cancelling tours of the Adult Detention Center. You can read more about first responders' plans by clicking here.
Meanwhile, Loudoun County Public Schools, which has cancelled classes for the next week, announced meal service will continue for students in need.
Additionally, Inova Loudoun Hospital has changed its visitation policy. The new visitor procedures include:
-Visiting hours are restricted to two times per day: 10 a.m. to noon, and 6 to 8 p.m.
-Visitation is limited to two visitors per patient at any given time.
-Visitors under the age of 18 are strongly discouraged from entering our facilities.
-Visitors entering an Inova facility will undergo a verbal screening. Individuals answering “yes” to any screening questions will be asked to delay their visit until they are well.
-Visitation will not be allowed for suspected or confirmed patients with COVID-19 or those with active respiratory illness.
Inova has launched a response plan to maintain the safety and well-being the community, hospital officials said. More information can be found by clicking here.
Update: March 12, 3:43 p.m.
The second presumptive positive case in Loudoun is a male in his 40s, according to county officials. The “presumptive positive” test result was returned to the Health Department late Wednesday night.
The person was identified through the Health Department’s follow-up investigation and is a known close contact to the first case.
Additionally, county officials say there are two outstanding tests awaiting results from the state lab and an unknown number of outstanding tests awaiting results from private labs.
Additionally, the Associated Press reports:
(AP) -- Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of confirmed cases among Virginians grew to 17.
Northam advised all Virginians to avoid large gatherings “for the time being.” He said he was canceling all state conferences and large events for the next 30 days and urged local governments and private organizers to follow suit. He also announced new restrictions on travel for state workers.
“The situation is fluid, and it is changing rapidly,” Northam said at a press conference with other state officials and top lawmakers.
Update: March 12, 1:25 p.m
Loudoun County has a second presumptive positive case of coronavirus, according to Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large).
"Both persons were exposed by a known source" Randall said on social media. "In other words, we know they were in direct contact with a person from outside Loudoun County who has COVID 19. They are both self quarantined."
Randall continued, "At this time there is no plan to shut down county government. However, we expect to scale back some county functions to avoid large gatherings. We are monitoring and evaluating on a daily basis."
County officials reminded local residents who are symptomatic that they should not go to the ER and should instead call their health care provider. Anyone who doesn't have a private care provider should call the Health Department at 703-737-8300.
Update: March 12, 10:56 a.m.
Loudoun County Public Schools has cancelled classes for March 12 through March 20. Superintendent Eric Williams says no one directly connected to the school system has tested positive for coronavirus. Read more here.
The Times-Mirror reached out this morning to county officials, including Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend, to see if there remains just one confirmed case in Loudoun. We are awaiting a response and will update this entry when we hear back.
Update: March 10, 3:57 p.m.
Virginia is now confirming eight cases of COVID-19, according to the Associated Press.
And Loudoun County officials a couple hours ago wrapped up a press conference on the county's handling of the outbreak. The session came several hours after the county's first presumptive positive case of coronavirus.
Correction, 7:22 p.m.: The Associated Press previously reported there were nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That figure is currently eight.
Update: March 10, 12 p.m.
The positive test result is considered presumptive pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
County officials will hold a news conference today at the government center at 1:30 p.m. The news conference will be televised live on Comcast Government Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40 and Verizon FiOS Channel 40. It will also be livestreamed at loudoun.gov/webcast.
Update: March 10, 10:16 a.m.
Five people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Virginia, state health officials said.
Original report: March 9, 1:35 p.m.
There were no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Loudoun County early Monday afternoon, but local officials are taking a number of precautions to guard against the virus spreading locally.
There have been two confirmed cases of the virus in northern Virginia.
Here's a rundown of where things stand locally midday Monday.
-On Sunday night local officials announced a Loudoun County first responder is “self quarantined” after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The first responder has not exhibited any symptoms of the virus.
-Loudoun County Public Schools is taking several precautions, including suspending all LCPS-sponsored international travel through June 30.
-The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold a public briefing on the situation at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The county has established a coronavirus information web page, which can be found by clicking here.
CDC’s Preventive Actions:
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% 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.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.