Loudoun Health Officials Issue Alert Over Rising COVID-19 Cases

With the number of new cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly in Loudoun County, the Health Department is making a renewed push for vaccinations.

According to a statement issued Monday, the rise in cases and the testing positivity rate are directly attributable to the spread of the more contagious coronavirus Delta variant in unvaccinated individuals. That follows trends being seen throughout the commonwealth and the country.

“The number of cases is clearly headed in the wrong direction,” Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend stated. “While we have made great progress in vaccinating our residents, the only way we will bring the pandemic to an end is for everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Loudoun County now is averaging about 30 cases per day, up from about four cases per day in June. At the same time, Loudoun’s percent positivity rate has increased from less than 1% to over 3% over the past few weeks. The vast majority of newly infected people are unvaccinated and include individuals in all age groups, according to the statement.

Health officials warned that among Loudoun residents who are vaccinated, the most likely risk factor for COVID-19 infection is another infected member of their household who is unvaccinated. 

“The facts are the vaccine prevents infection and reduces symptoms of illness should a vaccinated person contract the virus, including against the Delta variant,” Goodfriend stated. “The vaccine is the most effective tool we have in fighting this disease and finally helping our community get back to normal and our children back to school.”

The Health Department strongly recommends that everyone age 12 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. The vaccine is free for everyone and widely available from many vaccine providers throughout Loudoun County. Go to loudoun.gov/covid19vaccine to find vaccination locations.

Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue wearing a mask in public settings and continue social distancing to protect themselves and others in the community. Anyone feeling sick should stay home and get tested for COVID-19 if they exhibit symptoms or may have come in contact with a person who has COVID-19. 

Anyone with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine may call 703-737-8300 or send an email to health@loudoun.gov.

7 thoughts on “Loudoun Health Officials Issue Alert Over Rising COVID-19 Cases

  • 2021-07-26 at 3:11 pm

    Per the story (and the LCHD press release):

    “The vast majority of newly infected people are unvaccinated and include individuals in all age groups, according to the statement.”

    My comment/question:

    What constitutes the “vast majority?”
    Is it 60%? 75% 90% of new cases?

    Where can I find this data? It doesn’t appear to be on the VDH site.

  • 2021-07-26 at 8:30 pm

    OMG people, get vaccinated! What the heck is wrong with you?

  • 2021-07-27 at 11:07 am

    There is much information missing from this story. How sick are the cases? The delta variant is a weak strain although contagious. The controversial PCR test also picks up the flu. A high cycle threshold (say over 24) will yield false positives (picks up dead material).
    Cheap, effective treatment is available without the serious side effects: hydroxychloroquine with zinc or ivermectin with zinc.
    Children should not receive the gene therapy; their high glutathione levels protect them from serious effects of the virus. If infected, there bodies will be able to build up antibodies to ward off future infections. The mRNA shots have more side effects than benefits for young people.
    What ever happened to “do no harm”?

  • 2021-07-27 at 11:52 am

    VDH does show an increase in confirmed and probable cases in Loudoun County. There is also a slight increase in the number of confirmed and probable hospitalizations though this has fallen in since the middle of the month. Confirmed and probable deaths are in fact quite low compared to May and June.

    The HMS Queen Elizabeth has reported 100 cases of Covid amongst the crew on their current deployment. Keep in mind that the entire crew of the HMS Queen Elizabeth is fully vaccinated. What leads public health officials to conclude the recent spike in cases is due to unvaccinated people? I’d like to see some numbers because there is a significant body of evidence that does not support such claims.

    • 2021-07-27 at 11:56 pm

      You can still catch it when vaccinated. It just helps you not die.

      • 2021-07-28 at 9:32 pm

        Funny but all the vaccines I have taken generally provided protection against the disease they were created for. When I traveled to the Amazon or Pacific Islands I might get a Polio booster and Yellow Fever, Hepatitis and Tetanus vaccine boosters actually protected me against the diseases. I also took a big shot of Gama globulin to boost my immune system. And I took Malaria meds with me. Those medicines seemed to provide immunity and helped me not die too.

        But the vaccines and boosters provided immunity.

      • 2021-07-29 at 9:00 am

        The treatments I suggest above will help you not die. There are doctors who actually treat victims of covid claim 85% of deaths could have been prevented had these treatments not been banned. Why were they banned in Virginia but not all states? Follow the money.

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