Loudoun County has 1,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That's an increase in 121 cases from Wednesday’s report, marking the largest single-day increase since the virus pandemic.

On Wednesday, Loudoun County provided free tests in Leesburg, and the event was forced to shut down nearly four hours before the advertised closing time of 6 p.m. County officials said 853 tests were administered as of 1:16 p.m. on Wednesday.

No new deaths have been reported. The last local death was reported on May 20 to bring the number of deaths to 49.

The age breakdown of the deceased is as follows: 36 have been 80 years old or older, nine have been between the ages of 70 and 79, three have been between the ages of 60 and 69 and one between the ages of 50 and 59.

One hundred forty-seven people in Loudoun have been hospitalized.

In the past two days, Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Eric Williams and Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) shared updates on the county's response to the pandemic.

Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, said on Tuesday he expects there will be update on Sunday to determine if Loudoun is meeting the measurements to enter the first phase of the reopening process.

Loudoun County is one of several localities, including all of northern Virginia, that is under the governor’s order to remain closed until at least May 29.

Statewide, the number of cases on Thursday jumped by 1,229 to 34,137 cases. There have been 1,099 deaths, 4,093 hospitalizations, and 216,890 people have been tested.

Virginia residents can now search case and testing information by ZIP code through the county's website.

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

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springerdad

This is just the start. Wait until all the layoffs start with the airline and automobile industry.

Record unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic led to the largest one-month increase in mortgage delinquencies ever recorded. The number of borrowers who stopped paying their home loans spiked by 1.6 million last month, according to Black Knight, a real estate data and analytics company.

Not even during the Great Recession did delinquencies rise this fast.

The national delinquency rate soared to 6.45 percent in April, up from 3.06 percent in March and three times the previous single-month record set in 2008. The 3.6 million borrowers now past due on their payments are the most since 2015.

amerigirl

Springer, business is picking up for airlines, haven’t you seen the debacle on tv about how they still can’t social distant and want to sell every seat available? Auto plants are already opening and all the auto employees that can work from home are still working from home. There has been record unemployment but sections of the county are recovering and opening, just like expected.

Most banks are letting people delay payments and I bet many of them are taking advantage of that. The recession was led by Obama, much more organized that the total screw ups we have now.

hardworkingamerican

More CB, you are so right. No statistics and then others here like AG give "an" or "one" example. Bottom line the political CDC and WHO blew it. Our President did not. Masks do not help unless you are sick with the one of thousands of things that can be transferred. All these people late in the game have been wearing masks and it doesn't help. AG you are not the expert the facts show it. You can say, "oh well if no one wore masks it would be horrible"...NOT...crowd immunity has worked and will continue to work. The main problems were the governors specifically Newsom and Como, who forced infected to go to Nursing Homes. Sick leadership. Now they are trying to blame "their" decisions on Trump. Gee, what a bunch of losers just like CM Northam. By the way how about some morning humor. Joe Biden's latest quote, "if you have to decide whether to vote for me or Trump then you are not black". Trump 2020...and on this Memorial Day Weekend thank you for all the sacrifice and service of our amazing military and I'm glad our President built you back up instead of tearing you down like Biden/Obama did while they supported terrorist and gave them billions of dollars. Get out, feel the sun, enjoy this time and go back to work.

ExitRamp

@HWA

---> ".crowd immunity has worked and will continue to work. "

It's clear you don't understand how this works.

The real problem is the cost to get to a .70 herd immunity threshold. The US population is 330,000,000. I am eliminating the 25% of the population under the age of 21 which contribute minimal numbers to infections and deaths. A .70 infection rate of an adult population of 250,000,000 is 175,000,000. The best estimates for IFR based on what little antibody testing we have so far is .005. That means that very conservatively at least 875,000 people in the US would have to die to achieve herd immunity. Had we not taken steps for mitigation, this certainly would have been the outcome. This is not acceptable.

Our goal is to minimize infections/deaths until such time that we can achieve herd immunity through vaccination. This means social distancing, N95 masks, and testing/isolation with the hopes that antibody therapy or antivirals will provide a defense until a phase-3 clinical trial vaccine can be mass produced

Ask your daughter-in-law if you have questions.

ExitRamp

---> ".crowd immunity has worked and will continue to work. "

Let me add this. NO countries have adopted herd immunity as a strategy.

amerigirl

Who ever told you that crowd immunity has worked? You have been lied to. Plagues and illness have killed off entire populations. Ask the Aztecs how they felt about white settlers bring foreign illness to their part of the world.

More Cowbell

It's too bad our great doctors/leaders behind these stats didn't include asking them if they wore masks, gloves. For 2 months, we've been told to wear masks, gloves, PPP, yet we have a spike. something isn't working with this same phony shutdown that the Gov and BOS continue with.

loudouncommonsense

simple, if you go to the store you will run into morons not wearing masks, and not social distancing. remember, masks are for liberal weenies...... How about the pres setting an example? Oh right, "covid is a democratic hoax (Donald J. Trump, February 28, 2020)

springerdad

So all those people in NYC, Chicago and California are all Republicans?

Do you only read this Newspaper?

It is so sad how partisan you are.

amerigirl

Springer who said that? Did anyone mention cities? NYC strictly enforces wearing face masks, you would be arrested for not having one. What are you talking about?

springerdad

Amerigirl -

I don't have the energy to show you all the examples of "liberals" not wearing masks or social distancing since you will never believe them anyway.

You are programmed to think one way and that will NEVER change.

amerigirl

Springer, you don’t show examples because you don’t have them. You know what else you don’t know? Me, and I am not programmed, you are judgmental.

amerigirl

They can suggest that people take precautions but you will always have that small percentage that claim they are stepping on their liberties by doing that. The long as there are spreaders the longer this goes on.

loudouncommonsense

Today's COVID MYSTERY: (someone please solve)

The CDC announced a new effort to collect national nursing home data on covid cases and deaths, BUT they are only requiring data from May 1 onward.

What about Jan,Feb, March & April?

Marys5000

Maybe it sounds silly, but I think they have to develop some kind of express test we can do at home every morning before leaving the house, rather then vaccine. We must stop spreading at the roots starting in each home.

springerdad

Take 300 million people and 365 days in a year and you have one hundred and nine billion, five hundred million tests to be looked at a year.

amerigirl

I think you are talking about the Abbott test kit like they use in the white house. There are not near enough of them. Dr. Francis Collins, director for the NIH has warned that the Abbott ID NOW device used by the White House has a false-negative rate of around 15 percent. Other studies show it even higher false negatives

LoudounClear

Just read a study, hamsters in cages some with COVID-19, others not yet infected...put surgical masks between some of the cages, don't between others. Result? Masks cut transmission by 75%. We should be universally celebrating that something so simple, so cheap, with no side effects worse than fogged-up glasses, is measurably effective at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Wonder why that guy with the blond ferret on his head doesn't get it? Would do so much for our country if he'd take a minute out of worrying about himself to realize he's in a leadership position. But...as we know, that's just a bridge too far.

loudouncommonsense

Discuss: what is "leadership"? Isn't leadership setting an example? Isn't it "do as I do?"

News 5/21: Trump refuses to wear a mask in front of cameras in Michigan.

Oh, yeah....he's a leader alright. (although he is good at duping the folks who don't want to think and analyze for themselves)

Hey, can some of you who see a conspiracy around keeping Loudoun closed a bit longer...who's behind it? What's the point? Do you really think it's to make Trump look bad? He won't carry Loudoun in November...not even close...so that doesn't really make sense. Give us your thoughts...

Mike Kay

MAGA: Yeah, gotta love Trump supporters and other conspiracy theorist. I guess the master plan by the governor is to cut tax revenue by keeping businesses closed and people sidelined. The same people were saying that Dems are tax thieves and still taxes. LOL Can't have it both ways...unless you're a TrumpTard.

Mike Kay

Ooops, edit for previous post. MAGA: Yeah, gotta love Trump supporters and other conspiracy theorists. I guess the master plan by the governor is to cut tax revenue by keeping businesses closed and people sidelined. The same people were saying that Dems are tax thieves and steal tax money. LOL Can't have it both ways...unless you're a TrumpTard.

gtrunner

I can see some benefit to Dems to expand people’s dependence on government when it’s possible it’ll ultimately be funded by the fed through additional

COVID-19 bills. I also think there are a large amount of people, who may be unemployed by this event, and think they’ll be hired back in a jiffy once it’s open. They are getting a decent unemployment check now, think there job is waiting for them and figure why open up so soon? Sadly, there are concerning indications up to 42% of the jobs lost during the pandemic will be permanent. So, expanding the government handouts is a tenant of the Dem party. This pandemic has been a shot in the arm for that effort. Although hurting the local blue voting economy can’t get any worse for Trump, why would the Dems risk a quick recovery and any Trump votes that could come of it. Dem leaders don’t want any remote bright spot of Trumps leadership or administration. Tow the line, tank the economy as long as possible, get the feds to pick up the tab, hopefully win November. It’s. It that big of a stretch.

amerigirl

Ridiculous statement to say any group wants people to be dependent. This is a pandemic not a political ploy.

gtrunner

I’ll also add I’m going to work, have enough money and will generally be okay save the loss of going to the community pool this summer. I hope things open so those who are missing a job and the pride that comes from it, can get it back before it’s too late. I feel for them and I’m likely I have mine.

amerigirl

You are so right, he couldn't carry any of the metro areas that couldn't open on time because of his lack of response.

pual mase

Couldn’t carry nova because of an influx of ignorant liberals

amerigirl

pual,lame excuse. [tongue][offtopic]

Jeanne T

"Give us your thoughts..."

LOL, why??

countyresident

LOL you're funny!

scottva

To keep people reliant on government. Like it or not, this lockdown is an excellent test run at socialism, the opportunity Liberals have been waiting for. No doubt you'll disagree and call me some stupid Trump racist supporter but the examples are in plain site around the country.

LoudounClear

We have had socialism for the well-connected for years and it's not a liberal or conservative initiative. It's getting government to bail out banks, and pay for stadiums, and giving sweetheart deals for resource extraction companies, and on and on. So you may or may not support Trump and his racist agenda but we're not having a test-run of socialism. Actually when you think about it, defense of the nation (e.g., reacting to a pandemic ) is what you have a government for.

springerdad

My guess is to hide how bad the total number of deaths are compared to the rest of the population. In the end all these states will be sued by the families based on their policy of putting Covid-19 + people back into these facilities.

springerdad

I wish Virginia would post information like this. If they have and I have missed it my bad.

More than 68 percent of Pennsylvania's coronavirus deaths have occurred in nursing or personal care homes despite accounting for 24 percent of the total cases in the state, data shows.

As of Wednesday, Pennsylvania has reported 3,943 total deaths from COVID-19. Of those, 2,705 occurred in nursing homes. In total, 58,698 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Pennsylvania. Of those, 14,214 were among nursing home residents and staff, state data updated Wednesday shows.

Nursing homes in many counties have been ravaged by the virus. In Susquehanna, all of the county's 13 deaths occurred in three nursing homes.

In Montgomery County, 83 percent of the 556 deaths occurred in 86 nursing homes. In Chester County, those in nursing homes accounted for 85 percent of the county's 197 coronavirus deaths.

And in Bucks County, 81 percent of the county's 373 deaths happened at 53 nursing homes.

adopted_va_son

There is an article out there that is a few days old that mentioned that 60% of the deaths in Virginia have been in nursing/assisted living environments. I'd post a link but when I try to post a link, my message is never posted here.

ExitRamp

@springerdad

When all is said and done and the dust has settled, the most egregious failure from this administration will be ignoring the importance of testing from the very beginning of this pandemic.

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And this from a Post article dated May 14:

"On a call Monday with governors, Vice President Pence strongly recommended testing at nursing homes nationwide, and Deborah Birx, the White House pandemic task force coordinator, said, “We really believe that all 1 million nursing home residents need to be tested within next two weeks as well as the staff,”

The first outbreak in the US was at a nursing home. Let's see. Confined living space. Elderly people. Rapid contagion. No testing. Extremely high fatality rate. What could possibly go wrong?

MONTHS later, we hear from our experts at the WH that maybe we should focus our attention on the one sector that has produced the most fatalities in the entire country - nursing homes.

The response?

"Yet, federal officials and most governors have stopped short of mandating such tests."

I'm sorry. This is insane. Trump and his administration have quite literally killed thousands of people.

springerdad

Exitramp - Yet somehow you fail to mention all the governors that keep putting Covid positive people back into the nursing homes.

ExitRamp

@SD

Yes, you are absolutely right. This just adds to the insanity. What are people thinking??

springerdad

ER - They were trying to free up hospital beds but it backfired in a big way!

amerigirl

Springer, Until there was sapce available in hospitals for mildly sick people where were they supposed to go? Those homes are their homes. They were sent there just like other people were sent home to recover.

anniedua

@ ExitRamp, completely agree with what you said on herd/crowd immunity and testing in nursing homes. My best friend had to pull her grandmother out this week from a nursing home because 2 people were tested positive. The residents were told afterwards instead of mitigating and testing nursing home employees every day.

Science Can Save Us

Some here want to open up, accept that there will be more sick people and acknowledge there's no effective treatment, no vaccine and I assume they know if they're wrong and cases sky-rocket there may be places that are open but no thinking person will go there. Best solution? Begin opening, enforce some common sense rules about distancing and masks, keep testing and implement contact tracing for anyone that tests positive. This isn't rocket science and it isn't really about politics.

ExitRamp

@Science

Incredibly, for some of the people here, it is just that. (Blinded with science? or maybe it's the rocket surgery they can't handle)

They want to open up but don't want to make any effort to protect others and themselves. They are doing the very thing that will cause new infections leading to yet another lockdown.

David Dickinson

These numbers demonsrtate that the Democrats running this state and county are failing people miserably. Meaning, apparently there are a lot of people with COVID in Loudoun who don't know if because they can't get tested. Once these people get tested, the numbers spike higher. Phyllis Randall needs to stop schmoozing and spending her big fat pay raise and start taking care of the people in Loudoun County. More tests NOW!

amerigirl

You can only give as many test as you get. Though I know there is no reason to talk logic with you because you have blamed everything on dems for years no matter what the problem is.

anniedua

When we reopen, we'll never have enough tests for everyone every single time they go out to a restaurant, bar, gym, work, or make unnecessary trips to the grocery store to get twinkies. All tests do is verify one has it, go in quarantine, and then hope you don't spread it. I'll be surprise if we can trace back to the 50 people in the grocery store the same time the COVID positive person was there. Treatment and preventing spread are really the only solutions. It's a community spread so people get it by going out and mingle with those who are not taking things seriously e.g. social distancing, wearing mask, and stay-at-home. It should be everyone coming together to help prevent the spread.

More Cowbell

Why was testing made to shutdown early? no reason given.

gtrunner

They are so used to shutting things down, it’s all they know how to do anymore. :(

amerigirl

Sounds like a global problem right now

amerigirl

They ran out.

gtrunner

Sort of like what will happen to our local economy’s job opportunities if they ever open the economy.

amerigirl

gt, yes so they better start getting more tests to the states so we can open.

ExitRamp

But AG, Trump says anyone that wants a test, gets a test. Can he be wrong?

More Cowbell

so poor planning again by someone in charge. How did they only have 850 some test kits? Seems like an odd number, why not 1000? 1500? Wonder how many tests had to be thrown away because the person given the test messed up? Heard multiple states are allowed to count people that have Covid from nursing home/retirement center and they die en route or at hospital, that those counts don't go against nursing homes. So to keep the numbers down.

amerigirl

Cow. Yes, it was poor planning to not get enough test kits to Virginia, and many other states. Virginia only received so many test kits. The planning of not having enough test kits starts much higher than out BOS. They were distributed throughout Virginia by population. People can get tested at labs like quest, who will accept insurance but people who have lost their health insurance balk at the idea. Everyone wants the free testing. Please say where you heard of people being counted dying that weren’t counted at there place of residence, they might state that someone died but I’m pretty sure the actual report has to go in under the place of residence.

springerdad

MC - They ran out of tests 4 hours before the event was supposed to end.

JustMe

According to one of the supervisors, they administered 1,700 tests.

LeesburgFan

AG - all COVID testing is free for the uninsured. That was included in one of the earlier stimulus bills. Try and keep up.

LeesburgFan

Well I guess I have to be a squeaky wheel on this........where is the CURRENT number of hospitalizations for COVID at INOVA Loudoun and Stone Springs? That is the only data we really need to know. Dr. Goodfriend knows this number but fails to report it!! Amerigirl is concerned that there were 7 new hospitalizations in the past day and a half. I'd like to know where she is getting that data. Even so, she omits how many COVID patients were discharged in the past day and a half.

adopted_va_son

I have never seen the number for current hospitalizations but it might exist. We are only to be "scared and manipulated" by the total number and the daily number of hospitalizations. The total number is really low for a county of over 400,000.

ExitRamp

@adopted

And why is that? Because we were "scared and manipulated" enough to shelter in place driving infections/deaths down. Without mitigation, the number of deaths in VA would have been in excess of 20,000.

amerigirl

I will walk you through where to get the data. go to Coronavirus - Virginia Department of Health - Virginia.gov. At the bottom of the page you will see the dashboard. At the top of the dashboard it will let you pick Demographics, Locality, outbreaks or testing. Click on locality. On that table you have a choice of counts, all or cases. First click on 'all' and choose Loudoun. The you can go to pick from the next column for cases, hospitalizations or deaths. The graph showing the results are on the bottom of the page. You can drag along the dates at the bottom to get counts by the day. They do not give discharge information or length of stay. You could have just asked me with out trying to make it look like I was omitting or hiding something.

LeesburgFan

No AG, I was sincerely asking where you found current COVID hospitalization data. Thanks.

CindyLou

oooops that's only 200,000 tested statewide, not county! Wow, that's bad!!!!

CindyLou

I heard you shut the testing down 3 hours early yesterday due to the outpouring of people showing up to be tested! Wow! We need testing centers in Ashburn, Sterling, Countryside, South Riding, etc. The sooner we know who has it by testing and the more lives that will be saved. We have 410,000 residents in Loudoun County, only half have been tested....not good.

scottva

Right! And next, we can advance to contact tracing

More Cowbell

And just because half has been tested, does anyone know if those testing negative have been infected after the test? And those testing positive, were they quarantined? if so who monitored? I'd suspect some found they were positive but needed to work to pay bills. And some tests can show a person is positive multiple times because some people that were positive were told to test again a month later and showed positive test.

amerigirl

Most people are not privy to that info, only businesses. Yes it has happened as the auto plants have opened, they all tested negative before having to return to work. All the big 3 are reporting cases in the plants and have had to temporally close to clean.

You suspected wrong. It's more like those who are forced to go back to work.

md5

Increased testing equals increased positive result counts. It is good to have more information, but this will be used as an argument against Loudoun's readiness for phase 1 re-opening. Whether it should or shouldn't is debatable -- I think it depends on who showed up for the free tests. Was it people who wanted to be tested but were unwilling/unable to pay for it themselves? How many of the subjects were asymptomatic?

Also, the total Loudoun test count is presently 7,916. Leesburg testing had increased that by 853 tests, so this event alone increased total Loudoun tests by 12%. Number of positive cases increased by 121, or 7% (from 1579 to 1700). Context matters!

amerigirl

Do you actually think the tests from yesterday have been analyzed and the results recorded already?

md5

The point you make is fair, and a second, closer reading doesn't yield an inclusive/exclusive distinction. I wouldn't assume the mass test was excluded because the figures are stated almost sequentially in the first three sentences. To answer your question, I don't *actually* think that's unreasonable. My own blood-test for covid-19 antibodies came back from a New York laboratory within 24 hours earlier this week. Testing pipelines have been streamlined to the point where I thought drive-up test sites were providing results while you waited (perhaps I am mistaken).

novanick

What does unwilling/unable to pay for the tests have to do with test results? This is what is inferred when you lead with “I think it depends on who showed up for free tests”.

amerigirl

I think it's because there are labs all over Virginia that have plenty of test but it can be expensive to have it done without insurance. Many have lost insurance with the shutdown. That is why the feds should have stepped in and had more free test kits ready for the entire nation.

More Cowbell

Do we know whether all that tested lived in Loudoun? Since we have many commuters still coming into Loudoun VA from WV and MD, just wondering why they're not stopping them at the border and taking their temperature before allowing them into the state?

BLT

I have been schooled by several self-regarded mathematicians commenting in this space that as long as the cumulative cases in Loudoun graph continues to go skyward at an ever-steeper angle, we're actually fine and the thing to do is reopen Loudoun. Is that crazy or what?

springerdad

BLT - What is crazy is you focus on just one number and ignore the rest. I am sure you ignore them since they don't fit the story you are try to sell.

gtrunner

Cases going up is fine, assuming the amount of testing is also going up. Even better is if the percentage of testing is increasing at a fast rate than the case percentage. The main concern is maintaining hospital capacity. If healthy and/or asymptomatics get it and get over it, the number of cases is basically moot. It’s when the asymptomatics give it to people who end up needing a hospital bed that you start getting worried that the hospital has to turn someone away because all of the beds are filled up.

amerigirl

No it's not the main concern, the main concern is stopping the spread. let me give you an example. Line workers went back to work at the Auto plants went back on Monday. Ford had to shut down the Chicago plant twice in one day because of incidents. Ford also shut down its Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan on Wednesday after an employee there tested positive for Covid-19. My son just told me that one of their plants has 10 positive tests today. Since the people there were healthy and/or asymptomatic when they started back how can that be moot?

LeesburgFan

AG, the car plants you mention haven't set up their processes and employees with sufficient protections. It's on each business to modify. It's a new day, but you again need to be reminded and corrected that the main concern here in Loudoun is hospital capacity. People are going to get the virus.....that's a fact that you need to come to grips with. Ninety percent will get better at home. Start dealing with reality.

amerigirl

Leesburgfan, wrong, wrong, wrong. You can’t say that they have not set up with sufficient protections. Studies have been done and adaptations have been made. They have set up working stations with plastic dividers, the width of workstations are 6ft, all employees are masked. Lots of precautions because the Unions demanded it. You need to be corrected that it is not about the hospital capacity. They have a backup plan if necessary. What do you think is wrong with containing the virus? You are out of touch if you think opening too fast can’t start a second wave.

ExitRamp

@LF

---> "It's a new day, but you again need to be reminded and corrected that the main concern here in Loudoun is hospital capacity."

Virtually all nations went into some kind of lockdown and they did so to protect....the hospitals??

Who knew??

spm

Unsurprising. In Lovettsville this past weekend there were people around everywhere, almost no masks to be seen. 7-11 was crowded inside & out. People were walking, hanging out, riding bikes, etc. There was a group of teens doing some sort of boot camp exercise with a couple adults. No masks, no social distancing. People are acting as if this is all over. It's not.

Please wear face coverings. It will make such a huge difference. And as much as we need to re-open, we need to be smart and careful about it.

springerdad

You do realize that the effects of people walking around this past weekend have no bearing on the numbers reported today. At best we will see the results of their activities in 12 weeks.

springerdad

That should be 2 weeks.

amerigirl

Currently, according to the CDC the incubation period for the coronavirus is somewhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure, but show symptoms within 11.5 days of exposure. So actually those people walking around have a slight risk of spreading it.

amerigirl

Give them a couple of weeks and they probably won't be out and about.

anniedua

Spot on

adopted_va_son

Please provide the "new case" numbers broken down by age group to give context to these numbers because 92% of deaths in the Commonwealth have been people over the age of 60, and 60% of the total deaths have occurred from nursing/assisted living environments.

amerigirl

They aren't going to report all that, this is just a daily update. If you want all that go to the Virginia health dept web site.

LightningBuggs

Where are the numbers on tests conducted? Newsflash: As more tests are being done, the more positives there will be. But the important number is being ignored, the % positive. And that number is decreasing and has been for some time.

But that doesn't fit the narrative.

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