New COVID Surge Hitting Loudoun

Following a national trend, the rate of COVID-19 cases in Loudoun is climbing. 

This week, the daily average of new daily cases neared 150 and the average positivity rate of PCR tests surpassed 15%, both the highest since February. 

The surge is attributed to a highly transmissible strain of the Omicron variant and fewer people wearing masks and distancing from others.

County leaders are urging residents to assess their risks and take precautions as necessary.

“We are beginning to see an increase in the impact of the ongoing transmission of the virus in our region, so I encourage everyone to understand your risk level,” Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend said in an alert issued Tuesday. “While healthy, fully vaccinated and boosted individuals have a lower risk associated with the upward tick in COVID-19 activity at this time, some members of our community may be more severely impacted by this trend, and those more vulnerable residents should take added precautions.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending communities base their actions on case and the hospitalization rates. In Loudoun, the hospitalization rate remains low, but the seven-day average rate of cases per 100,000 residents climbed above 200 this week. That puts the county into a “medium” impact category. Arlington reached the medium impact level last month and Arlington and Fairfax counties hit that benchmark last week.

For communities with a “medium” level of impact, the CDC recommends people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease consult their healthcare provider and consider taking additional precautions, such as wearing masks and social distancing. Residents should also consider self-testing to detect infection before having contact with people who are at high risk of severe disease. Residents also should be fully vaccinated and boosted. Those exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms should be tested and isolate from others. 

The change in the level of community impact in Loudoun County does not trigger any changes to masking and social distancing requirements in county facilities. 

As of Tuesday, the school division was reporting 27 active cases among staff members and 253 students with infections. On Monday, only 122 active cases among students had been reported.

Superintendent Scoot Ziegler reported that some athletic and drama programs have been rescheduled or canceled because of outbreaks. He said the latest guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health do not permit the division to place individual classes into quarantine, as was the previous policy when a high number of infections are reported. 

6 thoughts on “New COVID Surge Hitting Loudoun

  • 2022-05-10 at 2:45 pm
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    Wow. This news is distressing. Just when you see light at the end of the tunnel, another whammo hits you. Well, all I can say is I’m glad LCPS is continuing Virtual Loudoun for at-risk elementary students. As the saying goes, “Better safe than sorry.” Happy Spring Loudoun!

  • 2022-05-10 at 3:33 pm
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    Covid Forever! Long live COVID. Bring back the mail-in ballots.

  • 2022-05-10 at 6:07 pm
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    The science deniers and those with a political agenda that benefits if COVID’s not a thing will claim it’s nothing but I’ve been watching that infection number go up in Loudoun for roughly 4+ weeks. There are many who no longer wear a mask so we’re now at a place where wearing the mask only protects the person wearing the mask. Fine. We should, however, continue to practice social distancing at indoor venues (grocery store, big box retailer, etc.). And if you’re not vaccinated (and thus likely to have a heavy viral load if you get sick), stay home if you don’t feel well. Nothing political about it.

  • 2022-05-10 at 8:50 pm
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    Please report what is meant by “cases.” Were symptoms absent, mild or serious? I’m assuming a PCR test was used. The results are meaningless unless the cycle threshold used is also given. The test is notorious for its false positives that exaggerated the severity of COVID from its onset. The test also picks up the flu. Is a more reliable test being administered? The health department should give reporters this information. I certainly would like to know.

  • 2022-05-11 at 10:14 am
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    The only real indicator is hospitalizations due to COVID (not because they went in for something else and had to be tested), and deaths due to COVID (not because they died and happened to have tested positive with COVID). Cases are meaningless. We still have nervous nellies that test themselves if they sneeze or get a headache. Stop the fear mongering. If you want to wear a mask, feel free. If you want to avoid large crowds, feel free. But no more forcing people to do this. It doesn’t matter with mandates or no mandates. If the virus wants you, it gets you.

  • 2022-05-11 at 2:15 pm
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    Late night talking head, and Pfizer frequent flyer card holder, Stephen Colbert has again shown signs of Covid infection… the second time in under a month.

    Unless and until such time that there is an actual threat to moderately-healthy Americans and/or there is an effective vaccine, please consider shelving reporting on this topic. This isn’t news.

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