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July 27, 2020

1,505 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health on Monday reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases since May 26, when the state counted 1,615 more infections.
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Monday morning COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health:

567 total cases in Fauquier County since the pandemic began — up 8 from Sunday.

86,082 Virginia cases — up 1,505 since Sunday. The total includes 82,871 confirmed and 3,201 “probable” infections.

2,078 deaths statewide — up 4 from Sunday. Of the fatalities, the health department classified COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 1,978 and “probable” in 104.

1,036,010 diagnostic tests statewide — up 10,944 since Sunday. Over the past seven days, 7.5 percent of those tests were positive.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 7,647 as of Monday, up 54 since Sunday.

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, 10,940 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 1,200 infected patients Monday — up 26 from Sunday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 12,140.

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.

Thirty-four infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and 8 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 926 cases, 72 hospitalizations and 12 deaths in Culpeper.

• 201 infections, 15 hospitalizations and 3 deaths in Orange.

• 56 infections, 5 hospitalizations and 1 death in Madison.

• 39 cases and 4 hospitalizations and 2 deaths — up 1 — in Rappahannock.

The district has 26 COVID-19 deaths, and 130 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 19,535 diagnostic tests in the district so far, up 86 from Sunday. Over the last seven days, 3.3 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 15,455 in Fairfax County — up 151 since Sunday.

Prince William County, 8,580.

Loudoun County, 4,914.

Chesterfield County, 3,766.

Virginia Beach, 3,742.

Henrico County, 3,371.

Arlington County, 2,823.

City of Norfolk, 2,771.

City of Richmond, 2,762.

City of Alexandria, 2,735.

City of Chesapeake, 2,246.

City of Manassas, 1,575.

City of Newport News, 1,474.

City of Portsmouth, 1,291.

Spotsylvania County, 1,244.

Stafford County, 1,202.

Accomack County, 1,065.

City of Harrisonburg, 1,028.

City of Suffolk, 948.

City of Hampton, 916.

Rockingham County, 860.

City of Roanoke, 737.

Albemarle County, 718.

Shenandoah County, 660.

Frederick County, 639.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 615.

Buckingham County, 592.

Hanover County, 575.

City of Manassas Park, 486.

Henry County, 434.

City of Charlottesville, 433.

Greensville County, 406.

Roanoke County, 405.

City of Petersburg, 391.

City of Winchester, 390.

City of Lynchburg, 354.

Warren County, 345.

City of Fredericksburg, 329.

Page County, 329.

City of Galax, 326.

Prince George County, 319.

Richmond County, 316.

Isle of Wight County, 315.

Northampton County, 297.

Carroll County, 299.

Mecklenburg County, 295.

Pittsylvania County, 291.

York County, 282.

City of Danville, 269.

Sussex County, 264.

Prince Edward County, 258.

Montgomery County, 257.

City of Hopewell, 248.

Augusta County, 243.

Bedford County, 236.

Southampton County, 226.

Westmoreland County, 191.

Dinwiddie County, 187.

Botetourt County, 179.

Brunswick County, 179.

City of Colonial Heights, 173.

Caroline County, 171.

Fluvanna County, 165.

Louisa County, 165.

City of Waynesboro, 164.

City of Emporia, 161.

Nottoway County, 159.

City of Martinsville, 149.

Goochland County, 147.

Washington County, 146.

Franklin County, 141.

City of Staunton, 135.

Greene County, 134.

Greene County, 134.

Gloucester County, 132.

Greene County, 134.

Halifax County, 123.

Grayson County, 120.

King George County, 118.

Campbell County, 117.

Powhatan County, 112.

City of Franklin, 109.

New Kent County, 108.

Nationwide as of Monday:

4,238,500 cases.

• 146,968 deaths.

• 1,297,863 have recovered.

• 51.49 million tests conducted.
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Mark House · July 29, 2020 at 10:32 am

Americans are suffering. Trump offers them a doctor who warns of sex with demons.

"You can find Immanuel on President Trump’s Twitter feed, where she testifies to the power of hydroxychloroquine (yep! we’re back to that one) to cure covid-19 and assures the public that masks are not important to fighting the pandemic. More than 10 million Americans heard her advice, thanks in part to the president’s amplifying effect, before Facebook took down her page. In response, Immanuel threatened to have Jesus unplug Facebook’s servers.

Full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic

I guess there is no point in expressing my strong view that the president of the United States should not, in the midst of a deadly pandemic, pass along medical advice that undermines public health officials without good reason to believe that it comes from a qualified authority. The president doesn’t care.

And I suppose it’s pointless to say to my Christian brothers and sisters in Trump’s dwindling camp that a man who raises the profile of a heretical preacher is not a friend of the faith. Many so-called evangelicals who stick with Trump gave up on evangelism — that is, winning people over through selfless acts of love and charity — long ago."

DougF - "Although I doubt his prediction is precise, I hope it comes true and by the end of August there are no excess deaths."

NO EXCESS DEATHS, like my grandma is an EXCESS death. I hope no one in your family or another loved one dies, but oh well if they do, they're just EXCESS.
DougF · July 27, 2020 at 5:36 pm
During this pandemic nearly every expert prediction was subsequently shown to be wrong. This prediction, however, may not be wrong:

Michael Levitt, Stanford Prof. of Biophysics, Cambridge PhD and DSc, 2013 Chemistry Nobel Laureate (complex systems), FRS & US National Academy member, recently said "US COVID19 will be done in 4 weeks with a total reported death below 170,000. How will we know it is over? Like for Europe, when all cause excess deaths are at normal level for week. Reported COVID19 deaths may continue after 25 Aug. & reported cases will, but it will be over."

His prediction is plausible because (1) excess deaths are the metric used by experts, for the simple reason that the metric catches all deaths whether coded properly or not, (2) US excess deaths are declining and near baseline, (3) hot spots have peaked.

Although I doubt his prediction is precise, I hope it comes true and by the end of August there are no excess deaths.
AngryBob · July 27, 2020 at 3:10 pm
The difference is people didn't travel then like they do now.

Only Obama could cure the Wuflu. Or at least he's say he could.
Mark House · July 27, 2020 at 1:51 pm
What a unmitigated mess! In 1918, 675,000 Americans died, there was a population of 105 million people in the USA, and here we are over 100 years later with much better science and treatments, yet still people are dying at alarming rates.

Where was the disconnect? A leader who thinks he is the expert who tells people what to do or not do during a pandemic.

Can't fix stupid but a 2x4 would make an impression I'm thinking.
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