Chair Phyllis J. Randall

Chair Phyllis J. Randall Chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

So many died on fields and beaches, in prison camps and in planes. Others paid that price after, when wounds not seen co...
05/25/2020

So many died on fields and beaches, in prison camps and in planes. Others paid that price after, when wounds not seen continued to bleed. We honor them all and stand with their families. Have a meaningful Memorial Day

Loudoun, on Wednesday the County Administrator and I signed the required paperwork to receive our CARES Act Relief funds...
05/22/2020
Loudoun Commits $5.7M of CARES Act Funding To Replenish COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund - Loudoun County Economic Development, VA

Loudoun, on Wednesday the County Administrator and I signed the required paperwork to receive our CARES Act Relief funds. The County will receive approximately 36 million with 6 million being allocated to our seven Incorporated Towns. If, as a Loudoun Small Business owner you applied, AND was certified for the County Business Interruption fund, yet your number was not pulled in the lottery, you will now receive a grant. In addition, if you business employs 1-3 people there will also be available grants through a new round of Business Interruption Grants. The County will receive CARES money on June 1st, grants will go out soon after.
Thanks, and have a good weekend.
https://biz.loudoun.gov/2020/05/22/business-interruption-fund-replenish/

Loudoun's Business Interruption Fund will open for applications at noon on June 3, 2020, and remain open for 72 hours, closing at noon on June 6, 2020.

Loudoun, please remember the COVID19 testing will continue until 6:00 this evening, or until the 1000 test run out.
05/20/2020

Loudoun, please remember the COVID19 testing will continue until 6:00 this evening, or until the 1000 test run out.

Loudoun, some good and hopeful news. We have had no new COVID19 deaths in the past three days (thank God) and hospitaliz...
05/18/2020
Free COVID-19 Testing Offered at Bolen Park on Wednesday - Loudoun Now

Loudoun, some good and hopeful news. We have had no new COVID19 deaths in the past three days (thank God) and hospitalization are trending down. We also will host free test for anyone in the community on Wednesday May 20th. Finally, this week I will be speaking to business owners (especially in the hospitality industry) about not just safely moving to Phase 1, but how to effectively communicate to the consumers that a business is safe to visit. Thanks everyone.
https://loudounnow.com/2020/05/18/free-covid-19-testing-offered-at-bolen-park-wednesday/

Loudoun County and the Virginia Department of Health will offer free, publicly available drive-through testing for COVID-19 from 10 a.m.

Loudoun, please join me as you watch the 2020 State of the County Address. Members of Loudoun's Senior Class of 2020 wil...
05/15/2020

Loudoun, please join me as you watch the 2020 State of the County Address. Members of Loudoun's Senior Class of 2020 will have a special message for their peers.

Good Afternoon Loudoun,This is going to be a very long post because I’m going to answer the many questions I’ve received...
05/11/2020

Good Afternoon Loudoun,

This is going to be a very long post because I’m going to answer the many questions I’ve received over the weekend. Hopefully your question will be addressed. In the end I’ll have comments on other “stuff.”

By now you have heard that the Northern Virginia Region has asked Governor Northam to allow us to extend our Phase I opening. This request was made after all five State Health Directors from NoVA met on Saturday morning and reviewed the Phase I criteria for opening set forth by the Federal Government and the Governor. Our Heath Directors determined that in NoVA we had not met three of the criteria and they were “unable to assess” the remaining two. After the meeting of the State Heath Directors, the five County/City Administrators met. They too assessed the Criteria from the Federal Government and the Governor, and they also determined we have not met any of the criteria. Hearing both from our State Health Directors and our County Administrators, the five Chief Elected Officials from Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington and Alexandria met and made the very hard decision to ask Governor Northam to allow our region to delay Phase I opening. The documents are attached, but I want to review each criterion and try to respond to questions. The five criteria are as follows:

1. Downward trend of positive tests over a period of 14 days.
QUESTION: Are there more positives because there are more tests being administered?

ANSWER: I asked that exact question of our State Health Director. Although more testing will (obviously) increase the number of positive cases, the number of tests does not account for percent increase of positive cases. In other words, our positive cases, as a ratio of positive tests to total tests given, are actually still going up.

2. Downward trend of hospitalizations.
QUESTION: Do we have more people actually being hospitalized in Loudoun?

ANSWER: We have gone up 11 in one week. In other words, 11 people in Loudoun have needed to be hospitalized in one week.

QUESTION: How many COVID positive cases have been discharged in a week?

ANSWER: The hospitals are compiling that data for me now.

3. Enough hospital beds and intensive care capacity.

QUESTION: Haven’t we “flattened the curve” and don’t our hospitals have capacity?

ANSWER: Thankfully, as of now we are we flattening the curve, but we are in our peak period and we need to get through the peak.

The next two criteria points are more subjective. If we were meeting the top three criteria, yet not the two subjective criteria, I would have supported moving to Phase I.

4. Increasing and sustainable supply of PPE (first subjective criteria)
QUESTION: What does enough mean?

ANSWER: When the County says we have “enough PPE” we are saying we have enough for County Employees who need it as they are going into homes, the jail, etc. However, I would also like to have ample PPE for our Senior Centers.

5. Increased testing and tracing (second subjective criteria)
QUESTION: When is it enough and when will we reach that number?

ANSWER: Enough means we can test people even when they are not symptomatic and can trace test. Getting to this number could be many months.

So those are the five criteria assessed by our five State Health Directors and County/City Administrators. Now I will try to address other questions that I have seen or you have sent me.

QUESTION: Do I realize how much this is hurting small businesses and our Loudoun Economy.

ANSWER: I ABSOLUTELY DO. I have family, friends, people I deeply care about and the County I love that are being financially harmed. This was the single hardest decision I’ve made since becoming your Chair. But when the Federal Health Experts, the Governor, five State Health Directors and Five County/City Administrators offer criteria, and we’re not meeting them, I simply cannot open. To open would be to substitute my opinion or my feeling for their vast expertise, and that would be the height of hubris on my part. I simply won’t do that.

QUESTION: Was this a decision of the full BOS or just mine

ANSWER: I asked my colleagues on the Board for a “straw poll vote.” Is was a 6/3 vote that did not fall along party lines.

QUESTION: When will we reopen/enter phase I?

ANSWER: Please remember this is a request to the Governor. He must give permission to the NoVA jurisdictions to allow them to make this decision. If he does, I will continue to follow the numbers, the timeline and the advice of my State Health Director as it relates to the first three criteria.

QUESTION: Don’t I trust people to use their common sense, after all they are adults.

ANSWER: Well, common sense is not common. Meaning, to some people common sense is not wearing a mask and trying to achieve herd immunity. For other common sense is always wearing mask, gloves etc. The reason I relied on our Health Directors is because they have the expertise and because there are so many opinions and people who feel their “common-sense approach” should rule the day. I don’t feel my opinion or even my deep desire to move to Phase I should carry the day. I have to rely on the experts.

QUESTION: Why can’t we open parts of the county that have lower numbers, especially Western Loudoun.

ANSWER: The county and the region are very interdependent. If we move to Phase I for some of the county, people from all over the area will come to visit our incredible restaurants, breweries, etc.

QUESTION: Don’t I realize people die, especially old people, and don’t I think we should let natural selection take place? (Yes, I’ve received multiple questions and statements similar to this.)

ANSWER: Are you honest-to-God serious?

Loudoun, I want to wish Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms Grandmas, God Moms and all of you who love a child like a mom...
05/10/2020

Loudoun, I want to wish Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms Grandmas, God Moms and all of you who love a child like a mom. Although hard, being a mom is truly the most rewarding job ever. God bless

05/08/2020
Loudoun County Economic Development

Loudoun, watch the drawing for the Business Interruption Fund Grants. Please know that we know more is needed to assist our small businesses. Thanks everyone

Applications are in and certified for Loudoun’s COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund. Our Executive Director Buddy Rizer will draw the application numbers for the grant recipients and announce them live. WATCH:

Loudoun, please join me in thanking the committee who poured through applications to certify them. The drawing will be t...
05/08/2020
What to Expect Next With Loudoun's COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund - Loudoun County Economic Development, VA

Loudoun, please join me in thanking the committee who poured through applications to certify them. The drawing will be televised on Comcast Government Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40 and Verizon FiOS Channel 40. You can also watch at https://t.co/38XTVRReHC and https://t.co/1K4w9nirj6.

Loudoun's Business Interruption Fund process enters its final phase on Friday with a random drawing from the list of certified eligible applicants.

05/06/2020

Update: I'm sorry, it seems the numbers were not adjusted for today. I'm sorry Loudoun, I just so want this to end, I was hoping...
Loudoun, for the first time we're reporting no new COVID19 cases, or deaths.
Maybe...just maybe...we've plateaued.

Loudoun, I'm still reviewing and digesting Governor Northam policies to "open Virginia" but here are the high level poin...
05/04/2020

Loudoun, I'm still reviewing and digesting Governor Northam policies to "open Virginia" but here are the high level points. I'll try to put up an in depth post tomorrow.
Thanks everyone

Loudoun, now more than ever, I want to express my appreciation for teachers. ❤
05/04/2020

Loudoun, now more than ever, I want to express my appreciation for teachers. ❤

05/03/2020
George W. Bush

Loudoun, I thought this message from President George W. Bush was inspired, eloquent and much needed at this time. I share with you because I loved his message, and I love my County. Enjoy your Sunday

If you have a little time to spare, please listen to the message below and visit https://unite.us/ to tune in and learn more.

The Call to Unite
Points of Light
GiveDirectly

#answerthecall

Loudoun, we are doing sooooo well in our Census count. But I'm confident we can do even better. Please complete your 202...
05/02/2020
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

Loudoun, we are doing sooooo well in our Census count. But I'm confident we can do even better. Please complete your 2020 Census TODAY.

🥇Loudoun – 71.0%
🥈Fairfax – 69.8%
🥉Prince Wm. – 64.4%
🎗️Arlington – 64.1%

https://t.co/KjQwp7Witk

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

04/30/2020

Loudoun, I saw this and thought it was helpful. I added some numbers and information. Please remember, social distancing doesn't mean social isolation.

Social Distancing Mental Health Check In:
💚 I’m doing great
💙 I am okay
💛 I’m okay-ish
💜 Things are tough
🧡 I’m struggling
❤ I’m having a hard time and wouldn’t mind speaking to someone- If this is you, please call 703-771-0320 to speak with someone from the Loudoun County Mental Health Emergency Services
🖤 I’m in a bad place right now, I'm considering self harm. If this is you, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
🤎 I'm experiencing Domestic Abuse- If this is you, please call 911 for immediate assistance. Also call the LAWS 24 hour crisis hotline at 703-777-6552

To All Small Business Owners Operating in Loudoun County:At noon on April 29th, applications will be accepted for grants...
04/29/2020
COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund - Loudoun County Economic Development, VA

To All Small Business Owners Operating in Loudoun County:

At noon on April 29th, applications will be accepted for grants of up to $10,000 to assist businesses who have occurred losses of at least 25% due to the COVID19 pandemic. The total funds allotted equals $1.4 million and will be distributed based on a lottery draw after the 72 hour application window closed and applications verified.

It is important to note that $250,000 was provided by the Economic Development Authority with $1,15 million provided from the Economic Development Department's Recruitment fund which was already funded and will have no impact on the County's operating funds.

If you have between 3 to 50 employees you may receive a grant of $7,500. For those with 51 to 100 employees a grant of $10,000 may be provided. A panel consisting of The Director of Economic Development, the Finance Director and myself will review all the applications and once approved, a random award will be made from those who met the minimum qualifications. The Board of Supervisors will not be involved in discussions or decisions.

Thanks everyone and stay safe.

https://biz.loudoun.gov/loudoun-business-fund/…

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $1.15 million in grant funding for the COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund to support Loudoun businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The Loudoun Economic Development Authority added $250,000, raising the total to $1.4 million.

04/27/2020
Loudoun County Government

Loudoun County Government

Chair Randall and Dr. David Goodfriend COVID-19 discussion & Q&A session
- If you have additional questions, contact the Health Department at [email protected] or call the information line at 703-737-8300
- Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus for information, resources and to sign up for updates
- Receive text updates by texting LCCOVID19 to 888777
- Receive text updates in Spanish by texting LCCOVIDESP to 888777

For all who are observing, I wish you a happy and peaceful Ramadan.
04/24/2020

For all who are observing, I wish you a happy and peaceful Ramadan.

04/23/2020
Loudoun County Government

Loudoun, I want to thank Loudoun County Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer for joining me to discuss resources for the Loudoun business community.
- Learn more about the Loudoun County Business Interruption Fund: biz.loudoun.gov/loudoun-business-fund
- Access the rural marketplace: https://loudounfarms.org/marketplace

https://www.facebook.com/LoudounCountyVa/videos/850231558792245/

Chair Randall and Loudoun County Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer discuss resources for the Loudoun business community
- Learn more about the Loudoun County Business Interruption Fund: biz.loudoun.gov/loudoun-business-fund
- Access the rural marketplace: https://loudounfarms.org/marketplace

Loudoun, because I myself have asked questions about the terms and acronyms used when discussing COVID 19, I requested t...
04/22/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website

Loudoun, because I myself have asked questions about the terms and acronyms used when discussing COVID 19, I requested the head of Loudoun’s Health Council provide me with clear definitions. Sharing this information with you just as an FYI. Thank you Dr. Ferrell not for just this information, but you and the entire Health Council have been working very hard during this pandemic. Thanks to all.

CORONA VIRUS VOCAB CHEAT SHEET

Corona Virus – one of many families of viral infectious agents. Multiple subtypes, most cause common colds.

COVID 19 – short for Corona Virus Infectious Disease identified in 2019. (Not the 19th in line of known pathogens)

SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- basically, inflammation leading to fluid flooding pulmonary tissue. A characteristic of certain virus types – including COVID 19

Novel Virus -- A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment – includes masks, gowns, gloves, face shields

PAPR’s – Big hazmat looking suits with its own air flow system. DIFFERENT PPE is recommended for different types of exposure.

Contact Tracing – After a patient tests positive – health care personnel (in our case the Loudoun County Health Department) will trace every public and private contact to identify others that may have been exposed. Simplest example we are familiar with: STD’s – when identified, we contact the partners of the newly diagnosed individual. Different diseases have different definitions of a Contact – and there are different levels of risk (ie – lives at home, works in same building but different floor vs next cubicle)

FDA – Food and Drug Administration – in our discussions – the federal agency tasks with vetting the accuracy of tests to identify infected patients.

PUI – Person Under Investigation – suspected of having disease, but results of test is pending.

HCP – Health Care Personnel – Any one tasked with the delivery of health care – Doctors, Nurses, Respiratory Therapist are at highest risk here, but can include janitorial services, patient transport personnel, administrative staff at check in etc.

EUA – Emergency Use Authorization – a temporary relaxation of FDA guidelines on vetted tests or medicines. For our discussion – Test for COVID have to have 30 samples submitted to confirm it targets the correct DNA of the virus.

PCR – Polymerase Chain Reaction – (anyone having Biology class nightmares) 😊? – A way to copy and amplify certain strands of DNA/RNA of an organism. Basically, find DNA that is different in one species and test for that strand. Because of shared strands of DNA/RNA there can be inaccuracies and contamination.

Serology – Antibody testing to show the patient had an immune response. 2 main tests – Igm is elevated when you are actively ill and fighting the infection. IgG is elevated after you have defeated an infection and is evidence of immune “memory”. It would be wonderful if this was universal, but sometimes IgG does NOT mean immune. Jury still out on COVID.


To Obtain Current COVID-19 Information:

Visit: www.Loudoun.Gov/CoronaVirus

Call: 703-737-8300

Email: [email protected]

Text: LCCOVID19 to 888777

Find information about respiratory illness caused by novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

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