Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet has organized a COVID-19 Testing Task Force to help facilitate the availability of more COVID-19 testing in the community.
The task force consists of community health partners, including representatives of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Inova, Loudoun Medical Group, Healthworks for Northern Virginia, urgent care facilities, the Loudoun Free Clinic and various private practice physicians, including Loudoun Health Council Chair Dr. John Farrell. Loudoun County Health Department Director Dr. David Goodfriend is also on the task force and will represent the Virginia Department of Health. The task force is chaired by Farrell and co-chaired by Deputy County Administrator Charles Yudd.
“The coronavirus pandemic has caused uncertainty that I believe only good science and strong leadership can solve. This task force is a consortium of trusted health care professionals and dedicated government officials providing that at a local level to guide the citizens of Loudoun through the pandemic as safely as possible,” said Farrell.
The task force is addressing the issue of expanding testing capabilities in the county by assembling representatives of organizations currently conducting testing and identifying testing levels, operating issues, constraints and resource needs, and also developing recommendations to address these matters.
“The commitment of such a broad group of professionals to assist with quickly increasing and expanding testing capabilities is a great service to the Loudoun community,” said Goodfriend. “Together, we hope to find public/private solutions to our testing needs.”
In addition, the task force will be establishing an online repository of information about COVID-19 testing that is accessible to medical professionals and the general public. Documents that inform the task force’s work will be posted at loudoun.gov/covid19taskforce.
The task force is also expected to provide updates to the Board of Supervisors.
Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed 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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