Based on what we’re seeing around the world and in the impacted states in this country, do you recommend the county declare a state of emergency? At what point?

(Updated 3/24/20): Loudoun County has declared a local emergency in response to the continued spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet issued a declaration of local emergency Monday, March 16, 2020, with the concurrence of Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall. The Board of Supervisors confirmed the declaration at its business meeting March 17, 2020.


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1. Should county employees be required to wear protective gloves?
2. Based on what we’re seeing around the world and in the impacted states in this country, do you recommend the county declare a state of emergency? At what point?
3. Do you anticipate the need for emergency legislation from Richmond to loosen the existing restrictions on elected officials participating remotely in meetings?
4. What disinfection schedule are you recommending for county and town facilities? Given the experience of some stores on the west coast, are we apt to face shortages of disinfectant?
5. Have you estimated how much the county should be prepared to spend to accomplish this, if necessary?
6. Do you recommend the county set aside millions of dollars for emergency preparedness during this budget cycle?
7. What steps are we taking to ensure our first responders, especially our ambulance crews, do not contract the virus from patients they’re transporting?
8. What if a county employee has COVID 19 symptoms but does not have enough sick leave to remain home?
9. What can we expect from the Loudoun courts schedule regarding coronavirus?
10. What local agencies service our at-risk populations who may not be provided with meals should there be a school closure? What are their needs to be able to continue providing services?