Two more Loudoun County residents have died as a result of COVID-19, state health officials reported on Friday, bringing the county's total number of the coronavirus-related deaths to 51.
The age breakdown of the deceased is as follows: 37 have been 80 years old or older, 10 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.
Loudoun County's confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 1,807 on Friday, according to the latest figures reported by the state. The case count increased by 107 cases since Thursday’s report.
One hundred forty-nine people in Loudoun have been hospitalized, and 8,197 tests had been given through Wednesday.
Results from Wednesday's county-sponsored drive-thru testing in Leesburg have not yet been recorded, according to a Loudoun County supervisor. Approximately 1,700 tests were administered during the event.
In Loudoun, the Board of Supervisors accepted approximately $36 million from the federal CARES Act's coronavirus relief funds. A $6 million distribution will go to the seven incorporated towns, $156,000 to a number of nonprofits assisting with the impact of the pandemic and $5.7 million to COVID-19 business relief grants.
As for reopening, Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, said he expects there will be an update this weekend 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 Friday jumped by 813 to 34,950 cases. There have been 1,136 deaths, 4,145 hospitalizations and 223,433 people have been tested.
Virginia residents can now search case and testing information by ZIP code through the county's website.
A group of northern Virginia voters is suing state election officials over a loosening of restrictions on absentee ballots for next month’s statewide primary, arguing that the state can’t allow voters to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to vote by mail, according to a report from the Associated Press.
State elections officials and Gov. Ralph Northam (D) have encouraged voters to use absentee ballots for the June 23 primary to prevent the spread of the virus at polling places. Because state law requires voters to list a reason why they can’t vote in person on Election Day, the Virginia State Board of Elections has advised voters they can choose the “disability or illness” option on the form.
The lawsuit says that expanding absentee balloting is unnecessary to combat COVID-19.