Dec 01

COVID-19 Summary Report for December 1, 2020

Posted on December 1, 2020 at 4:46 PM by Sarah OConnell

Loudoun County COVID-19 Data Snapshot
Loudoun County Update
  • Loudoun County Hosts Free COVID-19 Testing Events Dec. 8 and Dec. 13: Loudoun County has scheduled two more free drive-thru COVID-19 testing events (read the news release): 
    • Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park, 42405 Claudia Drive in Leesburg. (Those attending the testing must enter Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park from Sycolin Road onto Crosstrail Boulevard.)
    • Sunday, December 13, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls. 
    • The testing events are open to all. There are no age or residency requirements. No prescriptions or appointments are necessary. A person does not have to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. A PCR test (nasal swab) will be administered, which tests for the novel coronavirus. No antibody or rapid tests will be offered.
    • To help reduce wait times, people who plan to attend the testing event are strongly encouraged to complete a registration form for each person who will be receiving a test prior to arriving at the testing site. The registration form is required and asks for general demographics and contact information including name, date of birth, address, phone number and current symptoms, if any. The forms are available in English and Spanish at loudoun.gov/COVID19testing.
  • Upcoming Virtual Workshops for Job Seekers: Register online at loudoun.gov/wrcworkshops:
    • So, You Think You Can Interview? - Thursday, December 3, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. The perfect workshop for those who have little experience with interviewing or have not interviewed in a long time. Topics covered are: before the interview preparation, proper dress, what to take, during the interview body language, common interview questions, do’s & don’ts, closing the interview asking questions, next steps in the process, follow up practices. Then, be prepared to practice interview questions and get useful feedback from other participants and the trainer.
    • Strategize Your Job Search - Friday, December 4, 2020, 10-11:00 a.m. Today's job search has changed tremendously. There is lots of advice out there -some good, some typical, some practical and some creative. There are no magic bullets to finding a job, but one thing is clear, you must search with a plan -intelligently and strategically. Learn some of the valuable tips for strategizing and succeeding in your job search.
  • Please visit loudoun.gov/temporaryclosures before visiting county offices to check on the status of operations at our various facilities.       
  • Missed one of our updates? View all updates.
  • Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus for more information about COVID-19, including a list of FAQs.
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Residents with questions about COVID-19 may contact the Loudoun County Health Department:
  • Information Line: 703-737-8300
  • Email 
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Dec 01

Loudoun County Hosts Free COVID-19 Testing Events Dec. 8 and Dec. 13

Posted on December 1, 2020 at 1:55 PM by Heather Smith

Loudoun County has scheduled two more free drive-thru COVID-19 testing events: 


The December 8 and December 13 testing events are open to all. There are no age or residency requirements. No prescriptions or appointments are necessary. A person does not have to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. A PCR test (nasal swab) will be administered, which tests for the novel coronavirus. No antibody or rapid tests will be offered. 

Registration Form

To help reduce wait times, people who plan to attend the testing event are strongly encouraged to complete a registration form for each person who will be receiving a test prior to arriving at the testing site. The registration form is required and asks for general demographics and contact information, including name, date of birth, address, phone number and current symptoms, if any. 


The fillable form may be downloaded, filled out, printed and completed forms should be brought with you to the testing site. Forms will also be available at the testing site for individuals who do not have access to a printer or otherwise are unable to complete the forms in advance. The forms are also available at loudoun.gov/COVID19testing.


Stay Informed
Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about about the impact COVID-19 has on our community.
  • Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus for more information about how to protect yourself and your family and to sign up for email and text updates on COVID-19.
  • Opt in to receive text messages:
    • English: Text LCCOVID19 to 888777
    • Spanish: Text LCCOVIDESP to 88877
Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an email.   

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Dec 01

Celebrating the Holidays Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on December 1, 2020 at 1:55 PM by Heather Smith

Fall and winter holidays are a time of year when many people get together with extended family and friends outside their household. However, much like our day-to-day activities over the last several months, holidays are going to be a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When thinking about the holidays, it’s wise to assess health risks before you make plans.

The Loudoun County Health Department encourages residents to plan their holiday celebrations and travel carefully to lower the risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Those who choose to gather and travel over the holiday season should avoid high-risk activities.

“It is important that Loudoun residents consider the impact of the coronavirus on our festivities this year,” said Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend. “The potential for the virus to spread through traditional holiday activities is high and so I urge caution to keep your families safe over Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season.”

Lower-Risk Activities

Celebrating virtually or with members within your household poses the lowest risk for spread of COVID-19. While transmission of COVID-19 continues, the CDC recommends that families participate in these lower-risk activities that can be enjoyed with family and friends at a safe distance:
  • Small dinner gatherings with only people who live in your household.
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family.
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday.
  • Watching sports events, parades and movies from home.

Moderate- and Higher-Risk Activities

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Health Department does not recommend participating in moderate- and higher-risk activities, which include:
  • Outdoor gatherings with family and friends in your community.
  • Visiting pumpkin patches and orchards.
  • Attending outdoor or indoor sports events.
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household.
  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving.
  • Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race.
  • Attending crowded parades.
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors.

Learn more about how to safely host holiday gatherings and to safely participate in personal and social activities during the pandemic by visiting the CDC’s website.

If You Travel

Traveling during this holiday season increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Many jurisdictions also have imposed local restrictions on visitors that may impact your travel plans. If you choose to travel during the holiday season, the CDC strongly encourages the following precautions: 
  • Do not travel if you are sick or have been around someone with COVID-19 within 14 days of travel.
  • Wear a face covering to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and rail or bus stations.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
The CDC's Travel Planner is a tool travelers can search to find COVID-19 information for the state and local communities they’re passing through and for their destinations. 

 Learn more about traveling safety during the pandemic by visiting the CDC’s website

“There are a number of factors that increase the risk of getting infected and spreading the virus to others,” said Dr. Goodfriend. “These include the level of COVID-19 transmission in a community and whether events are indoors in places with poor ventilation for a longer durations of time, and the number of people gathering; considering these impacts in your holiday planning will help reduce your risk.”

Everyday Safety Precautions

As you plan your celebrations this holiday season, remember that each of us has a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Keep in mind the simple steps that everyone should take every day to help keep yourself, your family and your community safe. These steps include:
  • Stay home and away from others if you are sick; avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Maintain social distancing; stay at least 6 feet apart at all times from others who do not live in your household.
  • Wear a cloth face covering at all times when around people who don’t live in your household. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Get a flu vaccine. (Find a place to get vaccinated.)

Get detailed guidance for having a safe holiday season this year by visiting the CDC’s website.

Stay Informed
Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about about the impact COVID-19 has on our community.
  • Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus for more information about how to protect yourself and your family and to sign up for email and text updates on COVID-19.
  • Opt in to receive text messages:
    • English: Text LCCOVID19 to 888777
    • Spanish: Text LCCOVIDESP to 88877
Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an email.   

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