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July 28, 2020

17 more COVID-19 deaths, 912 new cases in Virginia

Tuesday morning report from the Virginia Department of Health.
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)
Tuesday morning COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health:

568 total cases in Fauquier County since the pandemic began — up 1 from Monday.

86,994 Virginia cases — up 912 since Monday. The total includes 83,732 confirmed and 3,262 “probable” infections.

2,095 deaths statewide — up 17 from Monday. Of the fatalities, the health department classified COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 1,991 and “probable” in 104.

1,056,148 diagnostic tests statewide — up 20,1384 since Monday. Over the past seven days, 7.3 percent of those tests were positive, trending downward.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 7,686 as of Tuesday, up 39 since Monday.

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, 11,5500 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 1,294 infected patients Tuesday — up 94 from Monday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 12,844.

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:

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

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

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

• 40 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 19,959 diagnostic tests in the district so far, up 424 from Monday. Over the last seven days, 3.3 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, trending upward.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 15,509 in Fairfax County — up 54 since Monday.

Prince William County, 8,663.

Loudoun County, 4,939.

Chesterfield County, 3,796.

Virginia Beach, 3,788.

Henrico County, 3,436.

Arlington County, 2,843.

City of Norfolk, 2,814.

City of Richmond, 2,794.

City of Alexandria, 2,749.

City of Chesapeake, 2,276.

City of Manassas, 1,584.

City of Newport News, 1,489.

City of Portsmouth, 1,367.

Spotsylvania County, 1,254.

Stafford County, 1,214.

Accomack County, 1,069.

City of Harrisonburg, 1,035.

City of Suffolk, 974.

City of Hampton, 938.

Rockingham County, 870.

City of Roanoke, 739.

Albemarle County, 723.

Frederick County, 641.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 615.

Buckingham County, 592.

Hanover County, 576.

City of Manassas Park, 488.

Henry County, 458.

City of Charlottesville, 441.

Greensville County, 410.

City of Petersburg, 408.

Roanoke County, 405.

City of Winchester, 390.

City of Lynchburg, 370.

Warren County, 344.

City of Fredericksburg, 338.

Page County, 330.

City of Galax, 326.

Prince George County, 326.

Richmond County, 316.

Isle of Wight County, 314.

Carroll County, 300.

Northampton County, 298.

Mecklenburg County, 297.

Pittsylvania County, 292.

York County, 287.

Prince Edward County, 284.

Sussex County, 270.

City of Danville, 269.

Montgomery County, 259.

City of Hopewell, 252.

Augusta County, 244.

Bedford County, 236.

Southampton County, 229.

Dinwiddie County, 193.

Westmoreland County, 192.

Brunswick County, 184.

Botetourt County, 178.

City of Colonial Heights, 175.

Caroline County, 174.

Nottoway County, 168.

Fluvanna County, 167.

Louisa County, 165.

City of Waynesboro, 164.

City of Emporia, 163.

City of Martinsville, 155.

Goochland County, 148.

Washington County, 146.

Franklin County, 146.

Gloucester County, 138.

City of Staunton, 137.

Greene County, 134.

City of Salem, 128.

Halifax County, 126.

Campbell County, 121.

Grayson County, 121.

King George County, 119.

Powhatan County, 116.

City of Franklin, 114.

New Kent County, 111.

Patrick County, 104.

Nationwide as of Tuesday:

4,296,461 cases.

• 148,076 deaths.

• 1,325,804 have recovered.

• 52.2 million tests conducted.
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Mark House · July 29, 2020 at 10:12 am
"As the death toll escalates in coronavirus hot spots, evidence is growing that young people who work outside the home, or who surged into bars and restaurants when states relaxed shutdowns, are infecting their more vulnerable elders, especially family members.

Front-line caregivers, elected officials and experts in Houston, South Florida and elsewhere say they are seeing patterns of hospitalization and death that confirm fears this would happen, which were first raised in May and June. That was when Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and other states reopened in efforts to revive their flagging economies.

The emerging trend highlights the difficulty of relying on the Trump administration’s strategy of sheltering the most vulnerable while the young and healthy return to work and school. That approach runs the risk of transmitting the virus when two or three generations share the same home and when many lower-income workers have little choice but to brave exposure to do their jobs."
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