Loudoun Reaches 50K Vaccinations as Caseloads Decline

Loudoun County yesterday reached the threshold of administering more than 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as virus caseloads fell to pre-December levels. 

According to data reported by the Virginia Department of Health 51,264 doses have been administered to Loudoun residents since two vaccines were approved for use in January. Nearly, 14,000 residents have completed the two-shot treatment to be fully vaccinated.

Loudoun County’s rate of vaccinations per 100,000 in population was reported at 12,396 on Friday morning. That lags behind Fairfax County (14,835) and Alexandria (13,695), but ahead of Prince William County (11,444) and Arlington County (11,778) in Northern Virginia. More rural counties generally have higher vaccination rates, including Fauquier (16,121), Clarke (27,779) and Frederick (13,952).

Speaking at a Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce event Thursday morning, County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) said, as of Wednesday, every Loudoun County Public Schools teacher who wanted the vaccine has had at least one dose. And, she repeated, Loudoun’s main constraint is the supply of vaccine.

“We can, in Loudoun County, easily vaccinate about 7,500 people a day,” Randall said. “We are receiving […] about 4,800 vaccines a week, and so we are not yet receiving the required doses we need to fully vaccinate all that we can. What we believe right now is in about mid-March to early April, we’ll start to see those vaccinations really, really increase.”

And she pointed to dropping percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive. On Feb. 12, the 7-day rolling average of percent positivity in Loudoun dipped below 10 percent for the first time since Nov. 27, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

“The goal is to remain under 5%, so we’re still a long ways from there, but it is getting better,” Randall said. “Hospitalizations have gone down, cases have gone down, and fortunately deaths have gone down, but unfortunately, we still have lost 195 of our Loudoun County friends and neighbors.”

Loudoun’s test positivity rate was last under 5% in early October.

This week, the daily average of new cases fell below 80, also pre-December levels.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic a year ago, Loudoun County has reported 22,405 COVID-19 cases and 828 virus-related hospitalizations. 

7 thoughts on “Loudoun Reaches 50K Vaccinations as Caseloads Decline

  • 2021-02-18 at 11:46 am
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    What are the “leaders” of Loudoun County doing to increase the supply of vaccine to residents?

    We don’t need to be reminded of your failures. It’s quite easy to see, simply by viewing the data on the VDC website.

    WHAT IS THE PLAN?

    The elected “leaders” are failing us. On all fronts.

    • 2021-02-19 at 2:34 pm
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      That failure started with Trump with him not securing enough vaccinations nationwide.

      • 2021-02-21 at 9:08 am
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        You have no idea what you’re talking about. By the end of December, there were 400 million doses on order. I know math is hard, but give it whirl.

  • 2021-02-19 at 10:43 am
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    Loudoun County is now behind Fairfax, Fauquier and Clarke counties. Alexandria, too.

    Other parts of Virginia are vaccinating their residents and double and triple the rate here in Loudoun.

    Is Loudoun’s leadership on a permanent vacation, or are they simply too busy pursuing their social justice agenda?

    We deserve better.

    • 2021-02-19 at 2:41 pm
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      Clarke has vaccinated 4,000 people,Fauquier 12,000. Loudoun is over 54,000. I think they are doing just fine compared to the region.

      • 2021-02-20 at 7:53 pm
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        And just so no one is distracted by your reply… as of today 20FEB, Loudoun’s vaccination distribution rate is 13,000 per 100,000 residents.
        Clarke county is 28,200 per 100,000 residents.
        Fauquier is 17,400 per 100,000 residents.

        Across the Commonwealth there are dozens of jurisdictions with vaccine rates in the 20,000 to 30,000 range. And some even higher than that.

        Loudoun’s “leadership” is failing the residents and taxpayers of this county. We’re not dong “just fine.” We deserve better.

  • 2021-02-21 at 6:57 am
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    I am not sure how Loudoun can “easily” vaccinate 7,500 people per day but it would be nice.

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