What precautions should I take with my pets or other animals?

(Posted 4/24/20) While there is no evidence that pets or livestock can transmit the virus to people, researchers are investigating whether animals can contract the virus from humans. Basic hygiene and distancing measures are recommended to keep everyone safe: 

  • Wash your hands before and after handling pets, even your own. 
  • Avoid sneezing or coughing on your pet. 
  • Keep your distance from other people’s pets and animals. Don’t allow people outside of your household to pet your animals. Don’t touch animals that are not your own. 
  • Always avoid interacting with or feeding wild animals.

If you become ill, follow the CDC’s guidance. Consider having a friend, neighbor or family member provide care to your pets while you recover. If you do not have someone to help with care, practice good hand-washing and avoid sneezing or coughing on your pet. 

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and cannot leave your home to get pet food, contact the Department of Animal Services for assistance. The department can facilitate the delivery of up to two weeks of pet food to your home. Anyone who has questions about COVID-19 and animals or needs assistance may call the Department of Animal Services at 703-777-0406 or send an email

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1. What precautions should I take with my pets or other animals?
2. What should someone do if they are ill?
3. 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?
4. What is social distancing?
5. What should someone do if their provider will not see them?
6. 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?
7. Would you implement a quarantine for individuals with confirmed cases of the virus?
8. Do you anticipate that we may already have unidentified mild cases of corona virus in Loudoun County?
9. What is your advice on the effectiveness of different kinds of face masks for these two purposes - avoiding catching the virus and avoiding transmitting the virus?
10. The Chinese CDC has published a report on the different mortality rates facing those who contract the virus, based on their age group and gender. Is the Chinese study credible, in your opinion?
11. 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.
12. Some companies have implemented travel restrictions for their employees. Have you reached out to the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to suggest their member businesses limit employee travel?
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. Have you reached out to Loudoun Water and the towns’ utility departments and to the trash collection companies to see what their preparedness levels are?
16. Is it legal for retailers to “mark-up” urgently needed supplies like soap? What should one do if they observe this happening?
17. Is a person who is known to have been exposed to COVID-19 legally required to self-quarantine?
18. What are the effects on pregnant women? Should they do more to avoid social settings, is there greater risk to an unborn child?
19. 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?
20. Can you only spread this when you have symptoms?