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At least 130 people test positive for COVID-19 in Loudoun County after Myrtle Beach trip

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LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WJLA) – As Virginia enters Phase Three, at least 130 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Loudoun County after teens returned from a beach party in Myrtle Beach, says Loudoun County Health Director David Goodfriend, M.D.

“That’s not acceptable behavior. We need you as a teenager to do what’s right to keep us safe,” said Goodfriend. “The virus is just waiting for us to make a mistake, and what we don’t want is for these folks to spread infection onto others.”

Goodfriend says he hasn’t seen it yet and there haven’t been any hospitalizations associated with the trip, but says he’ll be watching things closely over the next couple of weeks.

“There’s not a reason not to go to the beach, to go to the mountains, to enjoy yourself, but to do so safely,” said Goodfriend.

RELATED: Hundreds of new Virginia COVID cases, including among teens, linked to Myrtle Beach visits

It’s one of the reasons why the governor removed bar seating from Phase Three of reopening as it helps reduce crowds from gathering and people who don’t live in the same households from being near one another while eating and drinking.

Agnes King, the general manager at The Wine Kitchen, says staff had been going back and forth over whether to open bar seating.

The governor’s decision solidified their plans.

“We support the decision to keep those barstools out for now. Try to get people seated in the restaurant. We really want people to come out but we also really want people to follow the guidelines,” said King.

Across the street at King Street Oyster House, the general manager says the lack of bar seating has had an impact on his employees.

“Individually, it hurts the bartenders because they’re used to working purely on tips, said Eric Ferrell.

He also said, however, an uptick of to-go orders and generous patrons has evened things out.

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