County COVID-19 Press Releases

March 21, 2020 

First Positive Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Louisa County

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – The first positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the County by the Thomas Jefferson Health District. According to the health district, the individual tested positive on March 19th and has been quarantined since that time.  Test results came back today.  

“Thomas Jefferson Health District is conducting a thorough investigation to determine how the individual got COVID-19 and we are contacting any individuals who may be exposed,” said Kathryn Goodman, spokesperson for the health district.

The County and the health district continue to urge citizens to employ healthy practices.

“It’s important that everyone continues to practice good hand hygiene, social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) and staying home as much as possible,” said County Administrator Christian Goodwin. “These strategies will best help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.”

Recommended safe practices include:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (only if soap and water are not available).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

The County is maintaining a COVID-19 information page at https://www.louisacounty.com/2233/COVID-19-Information.


March 20, 2020

County Office Closing to the Public Beginning March 23rd; Offices Will Continue Services Online and Via Telephone

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Though no cases have been reported in the County, Louisa continues efforts to minimize risks associated with COVID-19. Beginning Monday, March 23rd, County Offices will be closed to the public, with staff continuing to work on a rotating/remote basis to serve the public online and over the phone.

Essential functions such as law enforcement and emergency services will be unaffected. Refuse and Recycling Centers and Solid Waste operations will continue to function normally, though attendants have been instructed to minimize public contact. Public access to the County Office Building will be restricted to the Sheriff’s Office /Emergency Services foyer to handle functions specifically related to public welfare and safety. County Courts remain open with some services limited. Citizens are encouraged to call County offices with questions regarding service abilities.

Citizens are encouraged to call the County at (540) 967-0401 or visit www.louisacounty.com to see if their needs can be handled on the phone or online. The County also encourages citizens to be aware that some efforts may take longer than normal as protocols are finalized and new best practices are implemented.

The County is maintaining a COVID-19 information page at https://www.louisacounty.com/2233/COVID-19-Information.

March 17, 2020                                 

Louisa County Plans Responsible Contingency operations; Will Continue to Serve Public During Coronavirus 

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Though no cases have been reported in the County, Louisa continues efforts to minimize risks associated with COVID-19.  Beginning Wednesday March 18th, County staff will begin working remotely on a rotating basis and public access will be limited to specific areas within the County’s facilities. 

“This is another example of the proactive approach we’re taking to minimize potential spread,” said County Administrator Christian Goodwin. “Louisa’s citizens need to know that we’re committed to continuing necessary services in a safe and responsible manner.”

Essential functions such as law enforcement and emergency services will be unaffected.  Refuse and Recycling Centers and Solid Waste operations will continue to function normally, though attendants have been instructed to minimize public contact. 

Public access to the County Office Building will be restricted to the Sheriff’s Office /Emergency Services foyer and the main floor.  Should the public need to meet with staff housed on other floors, they can do so in a conference room on the main floor.  Public access to the Human Services building will be restricted to the foyer area.  The public access changes will allow General Services staff to implement focused sanitation practices in the interest of further reducing risk.

Before visiting the building, citizens are encouraged to call the County at (540) 967-0401 or visit www.louisacounty.com to see if their needs can be handled on the phone or online.  The County is compiling a central list of online services which will be posted on its website soon.

“While it’s nice to serve our citizens in person, we’d like them to call us or check online first right now,” said Mountain Road District Supervisor Tommy Barlow.  “Staff continues to increase the number of tasks which can be handled by phone or online for our community.” 

The County also encourages citizens to be aware that some efforts may take longer than normal as protocols are finalized and new best practices are implemented.  

“Folks might need to be a bit more patient,” said Assistant County Administrator Jeff Ferrel.  “Our team is doing their best to maintain citizen convenience, but safety for both the community and our staff is a priority.”

The County is maintaining a COVID-19 information page at https://www.louisacounty.com/2233/COVID-19-Information


March 13, 2020                                  

Louisa County Continues Proactive Efforts to Minimize Potential Spread of COVID-19

 LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Though no cases have been reported in the County, Louisa continues proactive efforts to minimize risks associated with COVID-19.   

On Friday afternoon, the Board of Supervisors held a special meeting to review planning updates from staff and to provide guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation.  At the meeting, County Administrator Christian Goodwin provided a briefing regarding enhanced sanitary protocols in County facilities, continuity of operations plans, and public information efforts. Also at the meeting, Louisa County Public Schools Superintendent Doug Straley announced the closure of County schools through March 27th and updated the Board on related contingency efforts.  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam subsequently ordered the closure of all schools in the Commonwealth for two weeks. 

“The way our community comes together to overcome challenges is inspiring and something I’m thankful for,” said Goodwin.  “Doing our part to keep everyone healthy is a duty that we all take seriously.” 

The Board of Supervisors has declared a local state of emergency regarding the situation.  The declaration is intended to give the County access to federal and state resources in the event that they become available.  Citizens, especially those organizing events or group meetings, are strongly encouraged to review, update and employ safe practices if gatherings must be held.

“I encourage our citizens to remain calm, employ commonsense healthy practices, and be aware that we’re continually monitoring the situation,” said Eric Purcell, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Louisa District Supervisor.  “The collaboration between the County, our schools and our state and federal agencies continues to be extremely valuable.”

Recommended safe practices include:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (only if soap and water are not available).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

The County is maintaining a COVID-19 information page at https://www.louisacounty.com/2233/COVID-19-Information


March 10, 2020                                  

Louisa County Maintains State of Readiness and Encourages Citizen Awareness  Regarding Coronavirus

 LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Though no cases have been reported in the County, Louisa continues readiness efforts for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and any potential effects on the community.  Citizens are encouraged to utilize available resources to maintain awareness, and to observe healthy practices.

“Being well informed and following safe practices is critical,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Bob Babyok.  “Citizens can play a vital role in reducing the potential spread of the virus.”

The County’s staff is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health’s Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD), which has opened a public information line to answer questions about the situation.  Those with questions may call (434) 972-6261. 

“There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in our region, but this is an evolving situation,” said TJHD spokesperson Kathryn Goodman.  “We’re working closely with all of our community partners to prepare for any local public health response.”

Citizens are encouraged to follow healthy practices, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (only if soap and water are not available).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) continually update online information regarding COVID-19.

“We’re in regular contact with our partners as we continue to monitor the situation,” said Christian Goodwin, Louisa County Administrator.  “Our goal is preparedness as we work to ensure the health and safety of our citizens.”