What is the current level of preparation in the county’s retirement communities, nursing homes and senior centers?

(Updated 3/24/20): On March 15, 2020, Loudoun County announced the closure of senior centers and adult day centers. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, which operates the centers, will continue to provide home delivery meals services to those who are signed up as well as emergency meals delivery services to the congregate meals members.

Many infections, including the seasonal flu, disproportionately impact Loudoun’s senior citizens if they spread widely in our community. As a result, the local Health Department works closely with our residential facilities each year on ways they can best keep their residents safe. The local Health Department believes that COVID-19 will similarly disproportionately impact our seniors and Loudoun County is prioritizing outreach to nonresidential locations, such as retirement communities and senior centers.

Only licensed facilities (assisted living, nursing, etc.) are required to have emergency plans.  Retirement communities are not required to have an emergency plan.  Instead, departments provide outreach and education information to residents upon request.


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1. What is the current level of preparation in the county’s retirement communities, nursing homes and senior centers?
2. Does the county have a plan for closing its senior centers? If we close the senior centers, do we need to provide in-home meals to any seniors who relied on the centers for their lunches?
3. Is the county establishing standardized response procedures at the various county living facilities (Lansdowne Woods, Ashby Ponds, etc.) since these are high risk, concentrated population centers?
4. Has the county considered establishing remote, on-site testing stations at senior living facilities?