Loudoun County has 2,429 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). That's an increase in 111 cases from Thursday’s report.
Since yesterday’s report, VDH adjusted Loudoun’s number of deaths related to the coronavirus. The number of deaths now stands at 62.
The age breakdown of the deceased is as follows: 48 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 was between the ages of 50 and 59. One hundred fifty-nine people in Loudoun have been hospitalized.
Loudoun partially reopens on Friday since being shut down by the state government in March. Loudoun joins the rest of northern Virginia, Accomack County and City of Richmond reopening for the first time under the first phase guidelines.
Kevin Bednarz, owner of The Ashburn Pub and The Purcellville Pub, told the Times-Mirror, “We are beyond thrilled to enter Phase One and want to thank every single customer, friend and community member that helped us get past the last 60 days, which were obviously the hardest for any small businesses let alone restaurants."
Under the "Phase One” guidelines, retail establishments may operate at 50 percent capacity, and restaurant and beverage establishments may offer outdoor dining at 50 percent occupancy.
Personal grooming services may operate with one patron per service provider, fitness centers may offer outdoor exercise services, and campgrounds may begin taking reservations for short-term stays under the “Phase One” guidelines.
Drive-in services may continue at places of worship, and services may be held inside at 50 percent capacity.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said if northern Virginia leaders feel comfortable, they will have a chance to enter the second phase along with the rest of the commonwealth, potentially on June 5. The governor had said each phase is expected to last between two to four weeks.
"I'd really like to see everybody in Virginia moving together at the same time," he said.
Northam said state officials will continue to collect more health data before deciding to move to the second phase, “but our trends are encouraging."
Statewide, the number of cases on Friday jumped by 1,132 to 42,533 cases. There have been 1,358 deaths, 4,529 hospitalizations, and 296,321 people have been tested.