Posted on October 18, 2021 at 11:04 AM by Nancy McCormick
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Posted on October 8, 2021 at 11:35 AM by Nancy McCormick
Loudoun County offers COVID-19 prevention guidance for celebrating Halloween this year. Outdoor trick-or-treating: Yes; Indoor parties: No.
The signs of Halloween are all around us - pumpkins, decorations, costume pop-up shops and children asking if they can go trick-or-treating this year. If you’re planning to celebrate Halloween or other fall occasions, such as Dia de los Muertos, health officials advise that outdoor activities involving small groups, such as trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, are the safest. However, we all still need to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19.
“Any type of activity should be planned with the knowledge that all children under the age of 12 have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend. “I would discourage indoor parties, particularly if not everyone is vaccinated. Any parties involving children under age 12 or include individuals who are not vaccinated should be small and outdoors.”
Dr. Goodfriend recommends:
Flu Shot/COVID-19 Vaccine
Other ways to protect yourself and your family include getting a flu shot before Halloween. “We encourage everyone to get a flu shot as soon as possible because it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to be fully effective. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, everyone 6 months and older should consider being vaccinated for the flu,” said Dr. Goodfriend.
Dr. Goodfriend also encourages everyone above the age of 12 who has not already received a COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated as soon as possible
COVID-19 and flu vaccines can be administered at the same time. Both are available at medical offices and pharmacies including, but not limited to, CVS, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart and Wegmans. Visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you. For information about the county’s COVID-19 vaccination site, visit loudoun.gov/covid19vaccine. Flu vaccine is not available at the county site.
In addition to vaccination, to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the Health Department recommends everyone:
Learn more about protecting yourself and your family on the Virginia Department of Health website.
Anyone with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line at 703-737-8300 or email the Health Department.
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Posted on October 5, 2021 at 2:47 PM by Nancy McCormick
Loudoun County is expanding its twice-a-month COVID-19 testing events to weekly, beginning Tuesday, October 12, 2021. The additional testing events will give residents more options for free testing as the county continues to experience a high level of community transmission of COVID-19. The drive-thru events are scheduled for Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at various locations across the county.
“I encourage anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to get evaluated and tested promptly, either privately or through one of the county’s testing events,” said Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend. “You should get tested if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and a new loss of taste or smell or if you have been potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.”
Goodfriend advises that while waiting for COVID-19 test results, “you should stay home and away from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status; or if you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated.”
More information about when to quarantine and when to isolate following exposure to or infection with the COVID-19 virus is posted on the CDC’s website.
The weekly schedule of COVID-19 testing events begins October 12. They will be held on Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The testing events are free and open to all. There are no age or residency requirements. No prescriptions or appointments are necessary. A person does not have to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. A PCR test (nasal swab) will be administered, which tests for the novel coronavirus. No antibody or rapid tests will be offered. No COVID-19 vaccine will be available at these events.
To help reduce wait times, people who plan to attend the testing event are strongly encouraged to complete a registration form for each person who will be receiving a test prior to arriving at the testing site. The registration form is required and asks for general demographics and contact information, including name, date of birth, address, phone number and current symptoms, if any. Questions about insurance may be ignored.
The fillable form may be downloaded, filled out, printed and completed forms should be brought with you to the testing site. Forms will also be available at the testing site for individuals who do not have access to a printer or otherwise are unable to complete the forms in advance. The forms are also available at loudoun.gov/COVID19testing.
Other Testing Sites
In addition to the COVID-19 testing events hosted by Loudoun County, there are other testing locations and providers in Loudoun and the region. Visit loudoun.gov/covid19testing to find locations near you.
The Loudoun County Health Department encourages everyone age 12 and older who has not already received a COVID-19 to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccine is widely available from many providers in Loudoun, such as medical offices and pharmacies including, but not limited to, CVS, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart and Wegmans. Visit vaccines.gov to find the vaccination site nearest to you.
For information about the county’s vaccination site, visit loudoun.gov/covid19vaccine.
Protect Yourself and Others
In addition to vaccination, to help curb the increase in COVID-19 cases that Loudoun County has been experiencing, the Health Department recommends everyone:
Anyone with questions about COVID-19, including the upcoming testing events, may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line at 703-737-8300 or email the Health Department.