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March 20, 2020

2 elderly Culpeper residents positive for Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Virginia had 114 confirmed cases and two deaths as of Friday.
Health department staff will be contacting people who have been identified as close contacts, who will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days.
— Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District Director Wade Kartchner
Two elderly Culpeper residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District announced Friday night.

“Health department staff will be contacting people who have been identified as close contacts, who will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days,” Dr. Wade Kartchner, RRHD health director, said in a press release at 10:38 p.m. March 20.

“These cases mark the first positive COVID-19 cases in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District,” Dr. Kartchner said “The patients described a rapid onset of symptoms and quickly self-isolated, which greatly limited potential contacts.

“The two patients (both in their 70s) reside in the same household. To protect patient confidentiality no further information about the patients will be released. As we receive laboratory results, our local public health staff work diligently to isolate patients and identify community members who may have been exposed.”

The district includes Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties.

The medical director added: “It is critical that people follow the public health guidelines on isolation and quarantine. All community members should be following the guidelines on social distancing and good hygiene. Social distancing is one of the most effective strategies in lessening the impact of this pandemic.”

People should avoid social gatherings of more than 10 individuals. If you are 65 years or older, or if you have a serious chronic medical conditions — such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and immune compromise — you should seriously consider staying at home.

“We all have a responsibility and duty to do everything we can to protect ourselves and our community from this novel coronavirus,” Dr. Kartchner said.

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the health department encourages people to:

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Avoid contact with sick people.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor.

As the COVID-19 outbreak expands, recommendations may change. RRHD is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide the best possible guidance for the community.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the RRHD COVID-19 Hotline at 540-316-6302. For the latest on COVID-19, visit:

These cases are not yet reflected in the website dashboard, which is updated daily, with cases recorded by 5 p.m. the day before. The last report showed Virginia with 114 confirmed cases and two deaths.

Fauquier had no cases. Among neighboring counties, Prince William had 12 cases; Loudoun, nine, and Stafford, two.
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badelectronics · March 25, 2020 at 8:01 am
@Savefauquier: Who's charts? Who's polls?
Savefauquiercounty2019 · March 23, 2020 at 7:02 pm
Don't trust their charts. Don't trust their polls.
Jerome Fields · March 23, 2020 at 6:17 pm
BestKeptSecrets · March 22, 2020 at 4:26 pm
It makes you wonder if people are being tested or were being tested for CV. The reporter needs to investigate when the tests were made available and are they testing people or recommending they stay at home?

If you are elderly, please remember your elasticity in your lungs have decreased as well as your cilia hairs. Try to build your lung volumes up. Do deep breathing exercises and diaphragm building (watch videos on you tube done by nurses or respiratory therapists). Drink plenty of fluids (unless clinically not appropriate such as CHF). Drink half you body weight in fluids especially water. This will help thin your secretions. DO NOT TAKE cough suppressants but expectorants unless your DR advises. But question them because you need to pop open your aveloi in your lungs. This helps with gas exchange. Try to sit upright or recline at night to prevent pneumonia. Consider taking bromelain supplements which help decrease the inflammation or eat pineapple. We love our elderly. You deserve more education on how to help clear your lungs. If you physician is not doing this, please try to educate yourselves. Walgreens sells Pulse oximeters to check you saturations, and a peak flow meter to check you lung volumes. They both have instructions.

God Bless you and keep you safe.
veronica93 · March 21, 2020 at 6:26 pm
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