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January 5, 2021

29th COVID-19 death, 4 more hospitalized here

The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests has soared to 16.2 percent in Virginia.
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The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Virginia continues to soar, rising 153 Tuesday morning, including 4 more in Fauquier.

The county also recorded its 29th death attributed to the virus. The deceased, an 85-year-old man with “significant pre-existing conditions,” died Dec. 5, said Dr. Wade Kartchner, director of the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District.

As in this case, it often takes a while to determine the cause of death.

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

2,596 total cases in Fauquier since the pandemic began — up 41 from Monday morning’s report.

371,913 Virginia cases — up a 4,377 since Monday.

The total includes 309,659 confirmed and 62,254 “probable” infections.

5,191 deaths statewide — up 59 from Monday.

Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 4,572 and “probable” in 619.

4,404,641 PCR diagnostic tests statewide — up 21,164 since Monday. Over the past seven days, 16.2 percent of those tests were positive, trending upward.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 18,526 as of Tuesday, up 139 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, 31,735 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed a record 2,918 infected patients Tuesday — up 153 from Monday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 34,653.

Hospitalizations previously peaked at 2,765 patients Monday, Jan. 4, according to the association.

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.

Ninety-eight infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized (up 4) and 29 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 3,119 cases (up 25), 136 hospitalizations (up 1) and 23 deaths in Culpeper.

• 1,052 infections (up 17), 47 hospitalizations (up 2) and 13 deaths in Orange.

• 320 infections (up 1), 18 hospitalizations and 4 deaths in Madison.

• 176 cases (up 6), 10 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 71 COVID-19 deaths, and 309 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 74,840 PCR tests in the district so far — up 337. Over the last seven days, 11 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 46,353 in Fairfax County — up 257 since Monday.

Prince William County, 26,963 — up 299.

Virginia Beach, 18,074 — up 264.

Loudoun County, 14,786 — up 217.

Chesterfield County, 13,822 — up 164.

Henrico County, 13,340 up 214.

City of Chesapeake, 9,854 — up 95.

City of Richmond, 9,743 — up 108.

Arlington County, 9,338 — up 48.

City of Norfolk, 9,395 — up 226.

City of Alexandria, 7,586 — up 48.

City of Newport News, 6,464 — up 95.

City of Roanoke, 5,462 — up 81.

Nationwide as of Tuesday morning:

20,824,710 cases — up 184,498.

• 353,632 deaths — up 2,042.

• 254.56 million tests conducted — up 1.66 million.

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Mark House · January 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm
"The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests has soared to 16.2 percent in Virginia."

Doesn't sound like it's getting better now does it. Yet, still I see people not wearing masks, only wearing them over their mouths, not washing their masks, wearing the wrong kind, and removing them to sneeze then putting them back on. Defeats the purpose!
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