Although there had been no new positive cases of COVID-19 in Loudoun since the five cases previously announced, public health officials said Thursday there is now evidence of community transmission of the virus in parts of Northern Virginia.
Also yesterday, Superintendent Eric Williams provided an alert that one of the Loudoun COVID-19 patients was a staff member at Waxpool Elementary School in Ashburn. While the employee recovers at home, the health department is conducting a contact mapping investigation. Individuals identified as having had contact with the staff member will be contacted.
Waxpool Elementary School building is closed to all students, employees, contractors, and the public pending a thorough cleaning.
To curb the spread of the infection, health authorities continue to recommend residents:
- Wash hands frequently;
- Stay home when sick;
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick;
- Cover coughs and sneezes;
- Avoid crowded areas and non-essential travel if you are over age 65 or have a chronic medical condition; and
- Follow local government social distancing guidance. For gatherings of any size, create ways to increase the distance between people to at least 6 feet in those settings.