A second Loudoun County resident has reportedly passed away from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The word came Sunday in an announcement from Falcons Landing, a retirement community in the Potomac Falls community of Sterling.

As of Sunday, Virginia health officials said there were 61 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Loudoun.

Here is the complete statement from the Falcons Landing CEO.

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Two residents of Johnson Center Assisted Living at the Falcons Landing Life Plan Community tested positive for COVID-19. Both were tested at a hospital after being admitted with respiratory symptoms. One of the residents has died and the other continues under hospital care.

Falcons Landing is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to identify persons who were in contact with these residents. Falcons Landing is following VDH direction on home self-quarantine for staff exposed and on the use of protective clothing and equipment for all staff in Falcons Landing healthcare units.

Falcons Landing is following CDC and VDH guidelines and has instituted vigorous measures to decrease risk of exposure to COVID-19 for residents and staff. On March 6th, staff began 100% screening of all visitors for COVID-19 symptoms and risks at the main entrance gate and since March 12th, all employees have also been similarly screened at the employee gate.

Since March 12th, Falcons Landing has allowed only essential healthcare staff to enter assisted living and nursing units and since March 16th, all visitors have been barred from entering Falcons Landing.

Residents of Falcons Landing Independent Living are remaining in their homes. All services and meals are being delivered to their doors. Falcons Landing’s President/CEO Barbara Brannon said “The restrictions we imposed on our residents and on staff have been difficult, yet despite all our precautions, we find ourselves in the situation we had hoped to avoid. It has been devastating to lose a member of our Falcons Landing family despite our efforts. It is also a grim reminder that everyone is at risk for COVID-19. We will persevere in taking all known measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19. I urge all who read this to do the same.”

Barb Brannon, CEO/President

(Image at top: Falcon’s Landing)