Do you anticipate that we may already have unidentified mild cases of corona virus in Loudoun County?

(Posted 3/10/20): The Health Department tracks respiratory diseases, such as the flu or COVID-19, in our community through two main approaches: 1) test results of individuals and; 2) surveillance for increases in disease in our community, such as in the emergency departments, school absenteeism or use of over the counter cold medications. As many COVID-19 cases did not meet the initial testing criteria of requiring hospitalization, it is likely that there could have been mild cases in our community without our knowing.  

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1. What are the vaccine efforts in Loudoun County?
2. Who will get the vaccine first?
3. How will I know when my family or I can get a vaccine?
4. Is the vaccine safe?
5. What precautions should I take with my pets or other animals?
6. What should someone do if they are ill?
7. Why won’t the county tell us where the people who have tested positive have been in our community? Shouldn’t we know so we can protect ourselves?
8. What should someone do if their provider will not see them?
9. Would you recommend advising the public against attending any public events, such as sporting events or high school graduations or political rallies or even public hearings before the Board?
10. Would you implement a quarantine for individuals with confirmed cases of the virus?
11. Do you anticipate that we may already have unidentified mild cases of corona virus in Loudoun County?
12. What about the CDC suggestion that seniors refill their prescriptions as a precaution? I followed that advice and the prescriptions were denied by my insurance.
13. What procedures are already being taken in schools, hospitals, libraries and other public buildings to ensure cleanliness and disinfecting to lower the spread?
14. How long can COVID-19 lay dormant in one’s body?
15. Is it legal for retailers to “mark-up” urgently needed supplies like soap? What should one do if they observe this happening?
16. Is a person who is known to have been exposed to COVID-19 legally required to self-quarantine?
17. What are the effects on pregnant women? Should they do more to avoid social settings, is there greater risk to an unborn child?
18. When a person is identified as having COVID-19 in Loudoun, how are the interactions of the infected individual traced? Who does the tracking in Loudoun County?