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Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Loudoun Officials Address Concerns about Animals and COVID-19

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Loudoun County officials are offering advice to residents concerning interactions with animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19.

  • Visit for more information about how to protect yourself and your family and to sign up for email and text updates on COVID-19.
  • Text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19. 

Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an email.

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