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November 18, 2020

2,071 new COVID-19 cases, 25 more deaths in Virginia

The health department Monday and Tuesday reported 54 new COVID-19 cases in Fauquier, but the number dropped to 4 Wednesday.
Cases continue to go up at a rate not seen in the district before, especially in Fauquier and Culpeper counties . . . . This recent rise in numbers is problematic because it is related in a temporal sense to people getting together in groups (think Halloween) and ignoring those simple measures that would help prevent infection.
— Dr. Wade Kartchner, health district medical director
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Wednesday morning COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health:

1,295 total cases in Fauquier since the pandemic began — up 4 from Tuesday morning’s report.

That follows reports of 27 new cases Monday and again Tuesday in the county.

208,833 Virginia cases — up 2,071 since Tuesday. The total includes 188,853 confirmed and 19,980 “probable” infections.

3,860 deaths statewide — up 25 from Tuesday. Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 3,569 and “probable” in 291.

2,983,430 diagnostic tests statewide — up 20,255 since Monday. Over the past seven days, 7.1 percent of those tests were positive, down slightly.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 13,707 as of Wednesday, up 99 since Tuesday.

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, 22,594 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 1,469 infected patients Wednesday, up 77 from Tuesday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 24,063.

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.

Sixty-three infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and 27 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 1,838 cases (up 13), 105 hospitalizations (up 1) and 19 deaths (up 1) in Culpeper.

• 495 infections (unchanged), 31 hospitalizations and 7 deaths in Orange.

• 170 infections (unchanged), 11 hospitalizations and 4 deaths (up 1) in Madison.

• 74 cases (down 1), 5 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 59 COVID-19 deaths, and 215 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 50,405 diagnostic tests in the district so far — up 122. Over the last seven days, 8.4 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, trending downward.

The district’s rise in slowed after rapid increases in recent days.

“Cases continue to go up at a rate not seen in the district before, especially in Fauquier and Culpeper counties,” Dr. Wade Kartchner, director of the health district, said Tuesday afternoon. “We can ascribe a bulk of the Culpeper cases to the outbreak in Coffeewood (Correctional Center), but the remainder there and those in Fauquier and the rest of the district don’t appear to be related to any particular outbreak or event.

“This is concerning because from an epidemiological standpoint. It is easier to react to an outbreak because we can identify a population easier and locate their contacts. This recent rise in numbers is problematic because it is related in a temporal sense to people getting together in groups (think Halloween) and ignoring those simple measures that would help prevent infection.”

Dr. Kartchner urged caution as Thanksgiving approaches.

“My hope is that we can enjoy a wonderful holiday season, all the while taking note of those steps we need to take to assure that we keep ourselves safe as well,” he said. “Please be careful and mindful. Wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a mask.”


Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 27,270 in Fairfax County — up 249 since Tuesday.

Prince William County, 16,283 — up 160.

Virginia Beach, 9,533 — up 84.

Loudoun County, 9,020 — up 66.

Chesterfield County, 8,295 — up 42.

Henrico County, 7,456 — up 95.

City of Richmond, 6,104 — up 59.

City of Norfolk, 6,038 — up 46.

City of Chesapeake, 5,695 — up 59.

Arlington County, 5,512 — up 58.

City of Alexandria, 4,768 — up 42.

City of Newport News, 3,618 — up 18.

City of Roanoke, 3,585 — up 50.

Montgomery County, 3,502 — up 73.

City of Harrisonburg, 3,296 — up 5.

City of Portsmouth, 3,031 — up 4.

Stafford County, 2,851 — up 27.

Spotsylvania County, 2,807 — up 16.

City of Suffolk, 2,553 — up 5.

City of Hampton, 2,449 — up 7.

City of Lynchburg, 2,387 — up 13.

City of Manassas, 2,171 — up 9.

Hanover County, 2,068 — up 18.

Rockingham County, 2,017 — up 12.

City of Charlottesville, 1,762 — up 10.

Albemarle County, 1,742 — up 11.

Frederick County, 1,646 — up 88.

Henry County, 1,637 — up 16.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 1,341 — up 13.

Accomack County, 1,270 — up 4.

Shenandoah County, 1,225 — up 26.


Nationwide as of Wednesday morning:

11,361,394 cases — up 154,306 from Tuesday morning.

• 248,707 deaths — up 1,478.

• 4,293,460 have recovered — up 48,649.

• 165.82 million tests conducted — up 1.46 million




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badelectronics · November 18, 2020 at 12:37 pm
Up only 4. Thank the maker. Stat!!! DougF-artface, come on give us some stats!!!
Linda Ward · November 18, 2020 at 12:26 pm
"Peer-reviewed risk assessment data produced by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that many of those big events may become coronavirus super-spreaders. Drawing on public data sets, the Covid-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool produces daily county-level estimates of the odds of encountering at least one coronavirus-positive person at a gathering of 10 or more people."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/11/18/map-covid-risk-thanksgiving
Linda Ward · November 18, 2020 at 12:22 pm
A rapid at-home covid-19 test — for under $50 — just got FDA approval.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/11/18/home-test-coronavirus-covid-fda

More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/covid-3-milliion-plus-infected/2020/11/18/d9f079a8-2849-11eb-8fa2-06e7cbb145c0_story.html
Linda Ward · November 18, 2020 at 12:04 pm
"Here’s a phone alert you wouldn’t want to miss: “You have likely been exposed.”

The coronavirus surge is upon us, and your phone might be able to help. About 100 million Americans now have the ability to get pop-up notifications from local health authorities when they’ve personally spent time near someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

But exposure notifications only work if you and the people around you turn them on. Yes, you!

There’s early evidence this anonymous smartphone technology works — but so far isn’t helping very many Americans. In August, I wrote about the first of these state-sponsored alerts, Virginia’s Covidwise app. In the three months since, only 488 people have used the state’s app to send alerts about a positive diagnosis to others.

The alerts use software built by Apple and Google into iPhones and Android devices to detect when people (or the phones they’re holding) get into close contact with each other. That might sound like a privacy invasion, but they figured out how to track encounters between people in a way that’s anonymous — and doesn’t store your location — by using the Bluetooth wireless technology in phones."

"Do I need to download a separate coronavirus app?

That depends on where you live and what kind of phone you have.

Most states have made their own exposure notification apps that walk you through the steps of turning on alerts and — should it be needed — entering in your own positive test result.

In some other places, including Colorado, Maryland and D.C., there’s no app required for iPhones. Instead, you might get a push alert on your phone suggesting you turn on alerts, which is known as the “notifications express” system. If you missed that, you’ll need to go to Settings, then scroll down to Exposure Notifications and turn them on. (This won’t work for all states.)"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/11/18/coronavirus-app-exposure-alerts
Cammie Rodgers · November 18, 2020 at 11:40 am
AngryBob - Why do you think I'm a liberal? Because I can recognize an idiot when I hear and see one? Well, then I guess I'm a liberal.

Trump did very little and allowed it to become worse than it needed to be.

Biden can get a handle on it from a scientific prospective and arrange a more organized distribution of vaccines, PPE, and get money to were it needs to go, not into his pocket.
AngryBob · November 18, 2020 at 11:32 am
Cammie, what more can we do? It just comes down to "Orange Man Bad" to you liberals.

Biden can't do anything Trump didn't already do.
Cammie Rodgers · November 18, 2020 at 10:36 am
Herd immunity, herd mentality, whatever you want to say, people are dying. This isn't going to disappear anytime soon. And to think people at the TOP were given a heads up, then continued to act like it was no big deal even when they contracted it themselves. Negligence and ignorance unprecedented.
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