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October 15, 2020

1,331 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths in Virginia

Curbside Testing
• Where: Piedmont Urgent Care, 493 Blackwell Road, Warrenton

• When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

• Process: Patients can remain in their vehicles while healthcare professionals collect samples with swabs.

• Organizers: Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District and local partners, including medical practices, Fauquier Health, the free clinic, PATH Foundation and local government.

• Phone: 540-347-5200

• COVID questions: 540-316-6302 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Thursday morning COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health:

1,026 total cases in Fauquier County since the pandemic began — up 5 from Wednesday.

162,941 Virginia cases — up 1,331 since Wednesday. The total includes 153,117 confirmed and 9,824 “probable” infections.

3,388 deaths statewide — up 7 from Wednesday. Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 3,149 and “probable” in 239.

2,326,369 diagnostic tests statewide — up 22,433 since Wednesday. Over the past seven days, 4.7 percent of those tests were positive, up slightly.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 11,704 as of Thursday, up 103 since Wednesday.

But, the health department notes that its hospitalization figure — based on status at the time each case gets investigated — “underrepresents” the actual total.

Since the pandemic began, 18,831 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 1,009 infected patients Thursday, up 2 from Wednesday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 19,840.

Virginia hospitalizations for COVID-19 peaked at 1,625 patients on May 8.

Healthcare providers and laboratories report statistics to the state as of 5 p.m. each day. The health department updates its report the following morning.

Fifty-one infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and 25 have died since the pandemic started.

In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, which includes Fauquier:

• 1,263 cases (up 6), 95 hospitalizations (up 1) and 18 deaths in Culpeper.

• 363 infections (up 3), 24 hospitalizations and 5 deaths in Orange.

• 118 infections (up 1), 8 hospitalizations and 3 deaths in Madison.

• 66 cases (up 1), 5 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 53 COVID-19 deaths, and 182 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 39,339 diagnostic tests in the district so far — up 274 since Wednesday. Over the last seven days, 3.2 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, up slightly.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 22,340 in Fairfax County — up 65 since Wednesday.

Prince William County, 13,390 — up 79.

Virginia Beach, 7,415 — up 46.

Loudoun County, 7,417 — up 116.

Chesterfield County, 6,546 — up 68.

Henrico County, 5,881 — up 49.

City of Norfolk, 5,122 — up 30 .

City of Richmond, 5,003 — up 18.

City of Chesapeake, 4,661 — up 33.

Arlington County, 4,278 — up 28.

City of Alexandria, 4,077 — up 20.

City of Newport News, 2,973 — up 21.

City of Harrisonburg, 2,882 — up 6.

City of Portsmouth, 2,706 — up 7.

Montgomery County, 2,403 — up 19.

Spotsylvania County, 2,298 — up 16.

City of Roanoke, 2,276 — up 38.

Stafford County, 2,230 — up 43.

City of Suffolk, 2,220 — up 9.

City of Hampton, 2,004 — up 21.
City of Manassas, 2,004 — up 6.

City of Lynchburg, 1,759 — up 17.

Rockingham County, 1,660 — up 11.

Hanover County, 1,495 — up 20.

City of Charlottesville, 1,481 — up 9.

Albemarle County, 1,452 — up 5.

Henry County, 1,220 — up 13.

Accomack County, 1,197 — up 2.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 1,113 — up 3.

Frederick County, 1,051 — up 10.

Nationwide as of Thursday:

7,917,297 cases — up 57,880.

• 216,904 deaths — up 990.

• 3,155,794 have recovered — up 31,201.

• 118.36 million tests conducted — up about 1 million.

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Linda Ward · October 15, 2020 at 12:39 pm
Teen on family trip spread the coronavirus to 11 relatives across 4 states after a negative test, CDC says -
Linda Ward · October 15, 2020 at 11:45 am

"As the United States continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the testing initiative remains contentious and uneven. There have been concerns about availability, accuracy, objectives, and delays in results. Could the wider introduction of a rapid COVID test help? There are pros and cons to this form of COVID testing, which delivers results in minutes but has less reliable results than other COVID tests. Availability of rapid testing varies by location, so you may or may not have access to one. Be prepared with what’s known so far about rapid COVID testing.

How a Rapid COVID Test Works
COVID tests fall into two main categories:

Diagnostic tests tell you whether you have an active COVID infection. Currently, there are rapid antigen tests and more precise molecular, or PCR tests.
Antibody tests tell you whether you had a prior COVID infection. Again, there are rapid tests as well as conventional laboratory serology tests.
A rapid COVID test is a type of diagnostic test. Rapid tests usually measure viral antigens, which are substances that tell your body to produce an immune response to an infection. Antigens are not the same as antibodies, which your immune system produces in response to signals from antigens. Trained personnel in a variety of settings can administer a COVID rapid antigen test. A doctor’s order is usually not necessary.

The other type of diagnostic test is the PCR test, which detects molecules of viral genetic material (RNA). It is labor intensive and performed in an accredited laboratory. The molecular test is the standard diagnostic test for COVID, but you may have to wait several days or more to get the results. There are also rapid forms of the molecular test, typically for use in a clinical setting like a hospital or nursing home.

Rapid antigen and rapid molecular tests are so-called “point-of-care” tests, where results are returned at the time the sample is taken, usually within 15 minutes."
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