COVID-19: Loudoun County's Response
During this time of community need, residents, businesses and government are pulling together to respond.
Here are suggestions for what you can do to help your neighbors, as well what the county is doing in response to the crisis.
Residents, businesses and organizations who want to help fill community needs are encouraged to:
- Make donations to local community-based organizations.
- Touch base with your neighbors, particularly those that are older, and offer to lend a hand with gathering necessities.
- Hyper-local Facebook groups, NextDoor, and other platforms are providing ways for neighbors to connect and help each other.
- Please note: some volunteer organizations may not be open to hands-on opportunities at this time, given current protocols for social distancing.
Donations of Personal Protective Equipment
Loudoun County is receiving donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and distributing the supplies to Loudoun-based health care providers and facilities in need.
- Community Emergency Relief Fund
The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has established a fund to directly support local nonprofit organizations that help those affected by the crisis pay their mortgage or rent, utility bills, and medical expenses and provide housing, food, and health care.
- Loudoun Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund
This fund, created by the Visit Loudoun Foundation in tandem with the Community Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, will assist employees affected by the shutdown of Loudoun’s tourism and hospitality businesses.
- COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia.Block operating grants will be awarded to local nonprofits with deep roots in our community and strong experience working with our most vulnerable neighbors.
Community Human Services Providers
Residents who want to contribute are also encouraged to consider making monetary contributions or grocery gift card donations to our human service providers:
- Dulles South Food Pantry provides food, personal supplies and other assistance to those in need in the Dulles South area of Loudoun County. Call 703-507-2795 to donate food.
- INMED Partnerships for Children, a Sterling non-profit, is in need of diapers, feminine hygiene, and nonperishable food. To donate, please email INMED.
- LINK, Inc. provides emergency food and financial assistance to qualified people in need. LINK is run by an all volunteer staff and is supported primarily by donations of food and funds. Make a financial donation or donate food or household items.
- Loudoun Cares, a nonprofit working to coordinate and connect people, has created an information and volunteer portal that will serve as a central place where nonprofits can post their needs and share volunteer opportunities.
- Loudoun Hunger Relief provides food assistance to all residents in need, and LHR is seeking financial and food donations. The organization is currently maintaining regular service hours at 750 Miller Dr. in Leesburg. Visit their Amazon wishlist.
- The Loudoun Pet Pantry is a partnership between The Humane Society of Loudoun County, Loudoun County Animal Services and Loudoun Hunger Relief, providing pet food supplies for families in need. Cans and small bags of cat or dog food can be dropped off at Loudoun County Animal Services in Waterford, or purchased and shipped directly to the program via the Amazon wishlist.
- The Lovettsville Food Pantry provides food assistance and is housed at the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church on Lutheran Church Road. To donate, contact the church at 540-822-5576.
- Faith Chapel Church operates the Lucketts Community Food Pantry. Donations of cheese, cooking oil, canned fruit, black beans, pasta sauce, flour tortillas, breakfast cereal and snack bars are currently being accepted. To donate, call 703-608-8616.
- The Community Church Messiah’s Market food pantry, in Ashburn, is currently accepting donations and offering food assistance to anyone in need.
- Mobile Hope, a nonprofit that helps precariously housed teens and young adults, is collecting donations for breakfast and lunch to help kids who are out of school and would normally receive free or reduced lunch. Mobile Hope is also driving a bus around Loudoun County to provide food assistance, personal hygiene products and diapers. Make a financial donation or donate items.
- Tree of Life Ministries will continue to offer weekly free community meals in Purcellville and Leesburg. They also offer food deliveries from their food pantry, which provides a two-week supply of groceries. In addition, they are collecting items to provide breakfast and lunch bags for kids, such as hot dogs, deli meat, non-perishable milk, potatoes, soups and cereal. To donate, visit their website or call 540-441-7920.
- Loudoun County Diaper Bank, provides diapers and diapering supplies to local agencies, schools, clients and is currently accepting donations.
Medical Reserve Corps
Anyone who wants to help the Loudoun County Health Department keep residents safe from an outbreak of disease and protect the public’s health is encouraged to sign up to volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps. No medical experience is necessary.
There is a critical need for blood and platelets. Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients:
See Loudoun County resources
View maps of Loudoun County resources, including food assistance sites and groceries or pharmacies with designated shopping hours for vulnerable individuals.
What is Loudoun County Doing in Response to the Global COVID-19 Outbreak?
Loudoun County is operating under the Pandemic Response Plan (PDF), which gives county government departments, the school system, the airport, our hospitals and healthcare providers, and other entities specific roles to best identify and prevent the spread of disease in our community.
On March 16, 2020, Loudoun County declared a local emergency in response to the continued spread of coronavirus disease 2019. The declaration of a local emergency in Loudoun follows the declaration of a statewide emergency from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and local declarations from other jurisdictions in the region.
The local declaration of emergency relaxes formal procurement requirements to allow Loudoun County to more easily acquire any goods or services needed to assist in the response to the threat posed by COVID-19. The declaration modifies normal employment rules so that employees can be reassigned to county operations involved in response activities should that be necessary. Also, the local declaration is sometimes a requirement for residents and businesses to obtain financial aid and emergency loans offered by the federal or state governments.
The health department and county government is currently:
- educating the public, which will help prevent anyone who may be contagious from transmitting the infection to others in Loudoun County.
- monitoring travelers, including collaborating with Dulles International Airport and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they implement airport screening procedures.
- working with schools on appropriate response protocols.
- sending out guidance on a regular basis to our hospitals and private healthcare providers.
- remaining available to our partners and residents on a 24/7 basis.
- encouraging everyone in the community to refrain from gathering in groups and encouraging everyone to practice social distancing, which generally means maintaining 6 feet between you and others at all times.
- providing guidance to employees for social distancing and implementing social distancing in county facilities. Whenever possible, employees should maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals, including customers and other employees.
- working with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to educate the business owners affected by Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 to ensure an understanding of the order to help combat COVID-19.
- providing resources for vulnerable populations including adults over the age of 65 and people with chronic medical conditions that make them at high risk for complications from coronavirus.
- closures and changes to operating status in county facilities for prevent the spread of COVID-19 and promote social distancing.
These efforts are designed to make our community as prepared as possible to limit the spread of infection and to help assure that those who need care to recover are able to receive it.