May 24 COVID chart

Loudoun County reported a new death related to COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Virginia Department of Health, bringing the county's coronavirus-related death toll to 52.

The county as of Sunday morning is reporting 1,821 COVID-19 cases and 150 related hospitalizations.

The seven-day average for percent positivity in local testing stands at 15.5 percent. (Click here to explore data provided by the Virginia Department of Health.)

Loudoun County and northern Virginia may enter Phase 1 of reopening its economy Friday. More details and information on the reopening is expected in the days ahead.

In the first phase, which most of Virginia entered last week, nonessential retail businesses and places of worship can operate at 50 percent of the building’s occupancy rate -- up from 10 people under the current rules. Restaurants and bars will only be allowed to serve customers in outdoor spaces, and employees at retail businesses and restaurants will have to wear masks.

Beauty parlors and barber shops will be by appointment only and will only be able to operate if both employees and customers wear masks.

Statewide, Virginia has 36,244 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,171 deaths and 4,214 hospitalizations.

The Virginia unemployment rate hit double digits in April amid the pandemic, the Associated Press reports.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously approved $5.7 million in additional grant funding for the COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund to support small businesses adversely impacted by the pandemic.

The funds were allocated from the $36.1 million in federal funding made available to the county from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

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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(55) comments

Lola71

I just want to know if ANYONE died from ANYTHING else.

amerigirl

Those deaths are not counted. If someone dies that is being treated for covid and dies from it or has been autopsied and the cause of death was from covid. However in VA right now they are not even checking all the deaths that may have been covid deaths that were not hospitalized.

VicMil

I heard that Gov Northam is mixing the numbers on covid and the antibody tests. Has anyone else heard this and if it is true? If that is the case, the numbers are more skewed than before. You can't add someone as positive if they have the antibodies. They were positive previously and now recovered. This is over inflating the numbers. I haven't found where Virginia shows "recovered" in their stats. That would be great to know!

amerigirl

Yes, Dr, Brix said that the states are all reporting differently and that it skewed the figures so they are trying to comply. If someone has antibodies, they had the virus, I don't think it counts other tests. But you have so many people who will test negative over and over because they have to be tested regularly, such as doctors, nurses, firmen, EMT's, etc. it seems that it would really skew the testing.

Loudoun Observer

It's true. Atlantic Monthly did a story on it a few weeks back. There was a link here but it was removed so you'll have use the google. It doesn't matter what the numbers are, Ralph will do whatever he feels like.

amerigirl

Ralph will do whatever he feels is right, that's his job.

Voltaire

Actually, the job of the Governor is to perform his duties in accordance with the state constitution, not "whatever he feels like." This is 2020, not the 1700s where Royal Governors could "do whatever they feel like" or be a monarch who could issue decrees from the palace. I would hope that the Governor understands that or should be held accountable as identified in the state constitution or is recalled by the voters.

Voltaire

I don't see how Governor Northam is doing that. He doesn't even announce the results of COVID-19 and antibody tests. He delegated that duty to Dr. Norman Oliver, the state health commissioner, to manage and report out.

LeesburgFan

Northam finally receiving some deserved criticism, spotted at Va Beach without a mask and not staying 6 feet apart from people. Wash Post publishes Opinion Article on Sunday from a dean of Policy and Govt at George Mason, entitled "Northam stumbles through a crisis that should have made him a star"......very good read.

This guy is not a leader, never managed anything in his career, he's a pediatrician but Dems vote him as our Governor.

Loudoun Observer

Did you see those pictures from his college yearbook last year? You should really look into that entire incident - and then re-evaluate your expectation of seeing any kind of leadership from this guy. Just to summarize; he apologized for being in either a klan or blackface getup - then three days later said he didn't remember any of it. Since he's a democrat he gets to remain in office after this kind of thing. Check it out!!!

amerigirl

How far behind the times are you? My guess is way too far if you don't know that the yearbook pics have been investigated more than once and they can't find anything conclusive or even remotely conclusive. He said he didn't remember it but if it was true he apologized. Get some of the facts straight. Check it out!!!

CindyLou

Check out the Past reputation of your beloved President Trump! HA! He's the biggest racist bully of all time. "Trump’s father Fred was arrested in New York City in 1927, when a group of Klansmen got into a brawl with police officers during a Memorial Day parade in Queens. There is a document trail, and the names, dates, and addresses match up." CHECK IT OUT!!!!

CindyLou

AND.....WHAT kind of college lets young adults/kids pose in a yearbook if there was a "racial issue"? VMI should have removed the picture and not even let it be printed. I guess they approved of "Blackface" but did they get any heat for it? No I dressed up as a "black mammie" once for Halloween. But then again, I never became Governor.

amerigirl

Funny. He was outside and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone. Didn't he just say something about having to wear a mask for INSIDE businesses?

Voltaire

The fact that he was outside and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone does NOT excuse his non-compliance with social distancing. At his press conferences, he stresses social distancing requirements every time he gets on the average citizen. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. If he doesn't follow the guidance then how can he expect the average citizen to follow them when he, as the leader of the Commonwealth won't follow them. That is is hypocrism in motion.

amerigirl

V, like I said, didn't he just announce that you don't need to wear masks outside? Had he just announced he was allowing a new statewide policy TBA his next press conference requiring the use of face masks for all inside businesses, not outside? Pay attention.

adopted_va_son

It was reported that Guv'nah Northam was taking selfies in VA beach over the weekend, so I'm sure he/they were not social distancing. Stupid is as stupid does......

Voltaire

Actually, Governor Northam, a few moments ago, confirmed my point that he was wrong not to be wearing a mask and following social distancing requirements and apologized for that. So, my premise as outlined earlier has been proven.

CindyLou

LeesburgFan, hmmm wonder what you think of our current President if your view on Northam is "this guy is not a leader". Northam is a decent man, trying to keep everyone safe in uncharted territory unlike our disgusting, racist, bully, lying, cheating, adulterous, mentally insane President, but Republicans vote him in as President.

Voltaire

Actually, contrary to popular belief, the American people voted him in (there were Democrats and Independents too). Do you have the necessary credentials to determine if the President is mentally insane? Probably not so you shouldn't be throwing out claims that are, unless proven contrary, wrong. Northam may be a decent person and is responsible for the handling of the public health emergency in Virginia. The President of the United States, as defined in the Constitution, is not responsible for the mitigation/containment of COVID-19. That is the responsibility of the state/local. Common public health policy/practice is for the state/local government to directly handle the virus and for the Federal Government to provide support (logistical and policy). This concept is standard and the COVID-19 situation does not change that at all. To expect a European central government approach to do everything by itself is not workable in a Federalist republic.

ace10

Gov. Coonman Northam exercised his (apparent) right to ignore his own orders yesterday. Hypocrisy at its finest. His handlers and sycophants were claiming that he wasn't within six feet of other people. The photos showed otherwise.

Voltaire

You are totally right. You can't expect to effective contain the virus when you try to apply one set of mitigation standards (social distancing) on the citizenry and then practice something else. That sets a rather bad example and he should held to account for that lack of thinking. I mean, as the leader of the Commonwealth, you should expect press coverage and should act responsibly.

amerigirl

Ys the same leader who had said the day before that he was no longer recommending outdoor use of masks the day before and would be announcing it at his next briefing.

Voltaire

Governor Northam doesn't get off the hook for non compliance of social distancing because he didn't expect to be greeted by people. As the Governor of Virginia, he should, or his staff should have reminded him, that he would be met by people, press or the average citizen, and should have been wearing a mask. The fact that he wasn't recommending one for outdoor is not relevant to the question of whether he should have one on in Virginia Beach. In fact, Governor Northam himself confirmed this premise at the press conference this afternoon.

amerigirl

Again with the lie. No one claimed that he wasn't within 6 ft of anyone, they said he didn't expect to be. Who can believe someone who lies all the time?

Boo Radley

How did the number of positive cases decrease from 1,831 yesterday to 1,821 today? Was a number transposed? Math error?

VicMil

There have been a lot of math errors! The stats are skewed terribly.

amerigirl

How do you report things from over the weekend when the weekend is not over?

hardworkingamerican

Loudoun BOS didn't help my daughters business. Only thing she has gotten is from Trump. What she and others like her have gotten is a destroyed shutdown business and a bunch of idiots wearing masks wrong while the Governor robbed her of her Bill of Rights and her right to earn a living. Oh by the way wearing a mask on your chin is a waste of a mask. Counted 30 people doing that yesterday. Liberals want you to hurt that's for sure. No help for single sole proprietors and Governor CM Northam just laughs. This is the new liberal dream. Enjoy it. Sick and sad.

loudounobserver

The only thing "sick and sad" is you. So, you think that "liberals" don't own businesses that are hurting also? So it's liberals that want you to hurt but they are the ones trying to push through assistance that Trumplicans fight tooth and nail You have over-consumed the donald juice. By the way, donald was warned about this coming pandemic in January & February by his NSA and instead of taking preemptive action he golfed, held about 5 rallies that no doubt spread the virus and tweeted, tweeted, tweeted about the "democrat hoax" and "fake news pandemic."

Voltaire

I find it rather amusing that the collective majority cannot accept the premise that there are different opinions on this subject. Instead they, as evidenced in loudounobserver's comment, like to slam/sham/shun others who don't agree with the "prevailing" majority viewpoint. The liberals did not pass the stimulus spending by themselves as they don't have that authority, per the U.S. Constitution. The Democrats only control the House of Representatives. For the stimulus to become law, as defined in the U.S. Constitution, it has to pass BOTH the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and be signed by the President. The Senate is controlled by Republicans. Also, Donald Trump did not object to the CARES Act support. What the Republicans are concerned about, and they should be, is the amount of funding that has been approved and how it is being spent. That is prudent fiscal management. You don't need to throw excessive funding against the problem if the current funding is satisfactory. That determination has to be made. No, what everyone wants is to throw tons of money at this problem because the collective majority believes that deficits don't matter. Well, I hate to break it to you all but you WILL eventually have to pay that back since we are issuing tons of bonds to pay for this. As for the Donald Trump comment, what can he do? The basic approach to manage a public health situation is as follows: (1) State and local governments are responsible for active management of the situation and to take mitigation/containment approaches as warranted and (2) Federal Government is responsible for policy guidance and logistical support to the State/local governments. The U.S. Constitution does not spell out any specific responsibilities for the U.S. President to do and therefore those duties fall to the States. By the way, the National Security Agency is a Federal Government agency funded by ALL taxpayers and is not owned by Trump or any other president. As for his tweet usage, that is his choice to do or not. There is nothing to prohibit him from doing this, whether the content of those tweets are appropriate or not.

amerigirl

Glad you’re amused, but look at the comments, it works both ways. Blame it on the “liberals” , and of course blame it on something they never said they did to begin with. Since when did liberals say they passed the stimulus themselves? You could have saved yourself a lot of writing. Speaking of throwing excessive funds, who took out the protections that the house had put in place to make sure those funds went where needed by those who needed them? It was the Senate that removed the caps. Nobody said he couldn’t tweet, just that he does it often, on Mother’s Day he had over 50 by 8am, not 1 saying happy Mother’s Day. The biggest problem is his retweets of conspiracy theories and fake news.

Voltaire

The comment from loudounobserver about the concept of liberals passing the stimulus alone is as follows: "...So it's liberals that want you to hurt but they are the ones trying to push through assistance that Trumplicans fight tooth and nail You have over-consumed the donald juice." That premise, on pure constitutional grounds is false. As for adjustments made to legislative bills that is part of the legislative process and is quite common. It still doesn't address the question of how this nation, already in debt, plans to pay for this additional debt.

amerigirl

Really? What did she get from trump? I think the idiots are the ones not wearing masks when there is a known pandemic. So you counted 3 idiots yesterday.

DBC

Can LTM report the number of Loudoun deaths in long term care/nursing homes? In Fairfax 75% of deaths in LTC facilities. I see in Loudoun all deaths are those over 50 years old and 48 of 54 are over 70. If this is a long term care facility problem, your readers and the citizens of Loudoun deserve to know that.

amerigirl

Third sentence gives you a site to find out what info the state has.

DBC

The state does not provide data on whether someone died in a long term care facility. Fairfax requires citizens file a Freedom of Information Act Request. Makes you wonder doesn't it? I sure hope Loudoun doesn't require its citizens to do that. I am sure you agree.

amerigirl

DBC, agreed. They need to protect peoples privacy and still do what they can with the info they get.

adopted_va_son

I don't see where the deaths are broken down by location, just state wide total. So far, 691 of the deaths in Virginia were in long term care facilities or 59% to the total.

VicMil

I am sure they are! Go to the VDH.virginia.gov website, outbreaks tab, Loudoun County tab. It shows there are 12 outbreaks in Loudoun. Ten of those are in Long Term Care Facilities. In deaths 38 were over 80, 10 were 70-79, 3 were 60-69, one was 50-59.

LetsBreal

"Stay-at-home orders intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus could end up causing “irreparable damage” if imposed for too long, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNBC on Friday.

“I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,” Fauci said during an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell on “Halftime Report.”

He said the U.S. had to institute severe measures because Covid-19 cases were exploding then. “But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal.” - CNBC, May 21

amerigirl

I agree with him, if only people had followed the recommendations sooner this could have well been over by now. There are so many outlets that think that Fauci was coerced, like Newsweek, Forbes and Businessinsider. That wouldn't surprise me with the trump admin. Pay attention to his line “But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is,

adopted_va_son

This would have been over much sooner if states like NY, NJ, MI, and PA would not have put people released from the hospital into nursing homes? Look where the largest percentages of deaths are coming from, nursing homes. Did we do that in Virginia as well?

DBC

Always interesting to read your comments. I come across them frequently and am open to your view, except there are never sources, facts or data you direct the reader to. I imagine you could persuade more people by provide some support links/data.

ExitRamp

@AG

---> “But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is,"

As usual with Fauci-speak, there is a qualification (which too many people ignore). Any discussion of reopening needs to take into account regional considerations. Loudoun resembles NoVa much more than SW Virginia.

I found your comment from the article on LaRock and I was wondering where you got these numbers from. Is it the Testing tab on the VDH dashboard?

---> "According to the state, about 25% of COVID-19 tests in Northern Virginia come back positive, as opposed to 10 percent in the rest of the state."

Many of the southern counties had positivity rates much, much lower than Loudoun and the rest of NoVa. One thing to remember when looking at numbers like 25% positives is that they will be much higher than the general population because the people being tested will more likely have been infected. Most healthy people are not lining up to be tested. I suspect the real infection rate is in the single digits.

scottva

So it's the people's fault and of course Trump. Come up with something else that has merit

amerigirl

DBC, I was doing that all the time but then people made fun of me for being too factual and doing a cut and paste to out that info in. Usually I just site the source like in the one above. It doesn't matter because they still say I'm lying because they won't look it up themselves.

amerigirl

Exit, WUSA9, report called Coronavirus live updates: May 24, you can probably cut and paste that or the statement to search with. While Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said most of the commonwealth has a 10% positive rate for the coronavirus, the Northern Virginia area's positive rate is 25%. A few counties in Northern Virginia accounted for more than 70% of new positive tests the state got over the weekend. True before most people were not lining up to be tested because in Virginia you couldn’t get a test unless you were a first responder or had a doctor’s approval for a test, and you had to be pretty sick to get one. Virginia is finally getting free test kits though so they are lining up now.

amerigirl

Scott, you don’t play the victim well. Who do you think spread the virus? Who was saying that it was under control instead of preparing? How much more merit would you like?

Voltaire

The assumption that people following the CDC recommendations earlier would have prevented this is flawed. The only way that a virus can be eradicated is through the application of a vaccine. There are, to date, efforts underway to create a vaccine but this is a recent result. Therefore, logically, the virus would still be here and the only way to handle is through the appropriate use of safety/hygiene measures. Why would he be coarsed for? Do these media outlets provide any evidence to support this contention? This statement is borderline conspiracy and not supported by any evidence and therefore irrelevant. Again, the matter of who has the final say about reopen is the State Governor, per the U.S. Constitution, not a Director from an organization within the Department of Health and Human Services. Even Dr. Fauci will tell you that he is not a decision maker but provides advice on public health issues.

scottva

Amen!

amerigirl

V, Is flawed? You don’t think containing the virus would have stopped the spread? Who said it would be eradicated? But you could still keep many more people from getting it. According to a study from Columbia University if the US had begun imposing social distancing measures one week earlier than it did in March, about 36,000 fewer people would have died, and if the country had begun locking down cities and limiting social contact on March 1, two weeks earlier than most people started staying home, the vast majority of the nation’s deaths — about 83 percent — would have been avoided.

Charles Houston

This makes no sense unless, perhaps, I squint a lot. The lighter blue (at the bottom) seems never to have been more than about 5%. The yellow line (positivity) is always much higher. Sloppy graphics have confused me.

amerigirl

Try going to the site in the 3rd sentence, it's much easier to read and interactive.

leesburgresident2010

Thank you for including the percent positivity to this graph.

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