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April 4, 2020

Three hospital employees test positive for COVID-19

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Fauquier Hospital staff members — none of them infected or exposed to colleagues who tested positive — watch from the lobby Tuesday, March 31, as Warrenton Baptist Church Pastor Mike Bradley holds up signs reading, “Thank You” and “Praying for You,” while standing in the bed of his pickup truck parked out front. EDITOR’S NOTE: Fauquier Health confirmed that none of those depicted here are among employees infected or exposed to colleagues who tested positive this week.
We would like to assure the community that our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond to this virus.
— Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage
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Three Fauquier Health employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the hospital confirmed Saturday morning.

“One employee is a care provider, but was not in direct patient care when they began exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19,” Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage wrote in an email. “The remaining two employees are not care providers and were not in direct contact with any patients.”

FauquierNow began investigating reports of the hospital situation Friday afternoon.

“Immediately upon receiving notification that these employees received a positive test result, Fauquier Health worked closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to notify and test all 14 staff members who came into contact with these individuals,” Ms. Cubbage said. “All of these COVID-19 tests have returned negative results.”

Those 14 “are following the necessary screening precautions in accordance with VDH and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines,” Ms. Cubbage said. “Fauquier Health encourages employees to work remotely already, when able.

“With any infectious disease, staff members who are potentially exposed are notified and will continue to be notified and screened in accordance with CDC guidelines and in partnership with VDH. Based on these screenings, staff would then be advised on next steps, which may include self-monitoring for symptoms, masking, or self-isolating at home. If testing is indicated, it is done in accordance with VDH and CDC guidelines.”

Closed to the public other than patients, the hospital also increased screening of first responders who bring patients to the emergency department.

“All EMS providers are cleared through screening that takes place internally (at fire/rescue stations) during the beginning of their shifts,” Ms. Cubbage said. “We have also moved to a zero-visitor protocol, limited access points with mandatory screening for all those who enter our facility.”

Fauquier Health officials refused to disclose when the staff members tested positive.

“We maintain confidentiality in all employee and patient matters, so we are not able to release specifics, such as this, about these individuals,” Ms. Cubbage wrote. “Please know that this information has been reported to the local health department and VDH and the employees were advised with the appropriate steps to take, including symptom monitoring, masking and self-isolating.”

Nor will hospital officials provide the number of COVID-19 tests conducted there.

“To protect the confidentiality for our patients, we are not able to release specifics on current or ongoing testing measures,” Ms. Cubbage said. “We would like to assure the community that our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond to this virus.

“We can confirm that we have treated multiple patients with COVID-19 and are providing testing to those when needed.”

In response to questions about the hospital census (number of the 97 beds occupied) and the number of cases treated, Ms. Cubbage wrote:

“The hospital census has seen an overall decline. This is largely due to the community residents who are abiding by Governor Northam’s Stay-At-Home Order. As long as residents continue down this path, we are hopeful that it will help to control the spread and prevent us from seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 positive cases . . . .
Fauquier Health has seen a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 tested patients over the last 2 weeks, but the total positives still remain on the lower end.

“At this time we can confirm we have treated multiple patients with COVID-19. All results are reported out through the VDH.”

Ms. Cubbage added: “While our hospital feels confident and prepared to respond to this virus, everyone in our community does need to do their part to prevent community spread of COVID-19.

“We implore the public to follow the Governor Northam’s Stay-At-Home Order and guidance from the VDH to stay at home, limit travel unless absolutely necessary, avoid large groups and practice social distancing at all times.”

As of Saturday morning, Fauquier had 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19. But, it remains unknown whether that number includes the three Fauquier Health employees, who could live outside the county.

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Mark House · April 10, 2020 at 5:39 pm
SD - Sounding like that guy on OANN - "Even when I'm wrong, I'm right."§ion=Politics

There is NO PROOF that mail in voting favors the Democratic party. The studies show that Republicans actually do much better.
Linda Ward · April 10, 2020 at 1:47 pm
@Sonny Day - I didn't say that the Presidential Primary was in June 2020. I said the Democratic and Republican Primary was in June 2020.

According to your posting you are skipping that one, too bad since the Republicans are going to need a lot of help. Glad you have decided to skip it. Better for the Democrats.

Never hated the truth, but hate those that abuse our trust, and bend the truth to suit their personal agenda (and bank account).
Linda Ward · April 9, 2020 at 6:58 pm
@Sonny Day - The Democratic and Republican Primary 2020 are set for June.

Why do you think I'm upset? Everything you say is about as worthwhile as a bucket with a big hole in it, it isn't worth getting upset over. Just toss out with the rest of the trash.
badelectronics · April 9, 2020 at 2:39 pm
"Anyone with a lick of sense would..."

Linda Ward · April 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm
@Sonny Day - Why would anyone see you at the polls? Virginia has made an exception for absentee ballots due to COVID-19. Anyone with a lick of sense would request their absentee ballot now, first for the 2020 June Primary and then the 2020 November General Election.
badelectronics · April 9, 2020 at 6:34 am
@Mark House: Did you notice that the person who brought up Clinton and Obama was Sonny Day? Why is that? Freudian slip perhaps? Envy that they will never be as successful as either? I bet Sonny feels threatened by both minorities -- which of course Sonny will deny.
badelectronics · April 9, 2020 at 6:30 am
It is reported that Azar warned President Trump Jan 18th about the coming COVID-19 pandemic but Trump ignored Azar because Trump wanted kids to be vaping and was fixated on Impeachment. President Trump really is the best President ever!!!!
badelectronics · April 9, 2020 at 6:22 am
@Mark House: "It's a Jim Jones/Charles Manson concert every day at that podium." Bwa hahahahaha!!!!!
Mark House · April 8, 2020 at 2:41 pm
@Sonny Day - Why are you so fixated on Hillary Clinton? Her time is past and she will only be a small footnote in history. No one cares but you and the rest of your buddies who can't let it go.

I'd take Pence any day even if he is a mannequin in a suit over the mentally ill Chosen One. It's a Jim Jones/Charles Manson concert every day at that podium.

There you go again passing blame to someone other then the one that takes no responsibility for anything. It's called enabling.

Old saying, you will reap what you sow, and right now Trump and Company are sowing hate and lies. This is not going to end well for any American, even you!
Mark House · April 8, 2020 at 9:27 am
@Sonny Day - All that was required of you was a simple YES or NO answer. Instead, you went off on a tangent of counter accuse, one of the oldest tactics in the books to deflect from the truth and make excuses for the wrongdoers.
badelectronics · April 8, 2020 at 8:25 am
"What we really need to start focusing on is cleaning up the mess on Capitol Hill."

Mess = President Donald Trump??? Sonny, why do you hate the President?
Mark House · April 7, 2020 at 7:08 pm
@Sonny Day - Just one question. Do you feel that this country is safer, more secure, and much more stable under the leadership of The Trump Administration?
badelectronics · April 6, 2020 at 11:26 am
I like.
Linda Ward · April 6, 2020 at 10:46 am
@BadE - "A plane has five passengers on board: Dr. Fauci, Pope Francis, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Greta Thunberg.

The plane is about to crash and there are only 4 parachutes.

Dr. Fauci says “I need one! I have to develop a vaccine for Covid-19!”

He takes one and jumps.

Pope Francis says “I need one! I have to guide people through the spiritual crisis wrought by Covid-19!”

He takes one and jumps.

Donald Trump says ‘‘I need one! I’m the smartest man in the USA!”

He grabs one and jumps.

Hillary Clinton says to Greta Thunberg, "You take the last parachute. My life has been reduced to being interviewed by Howard Stern, but yours is just beginning.”

Greta Thunberg says …

"Don’t worry, there are 2 parachutes left. The smartest man in the USA took my backpack."
badelectronics · April 5, 2020 at 8:18 am
I wonder if the Hospital is getting their medical safe practice information from the President of the United States? I hope so, it really seems like he knows what he is talking about:
badelectronics · April 5, 2020 at 7:16 am
@FairandBalanced: Tall order. These are Fox News viewers and Limbaugh listeners. Well, 62% of the population around here anyway. Logic and reason bounce off like a .22 slug against Rhino hide.
badelectronics · April 4, 2020 at 10:23 pm
Let's all go to a beach in Georgia!!!
Jerome Fields · April 4, 2020 at 7:58 pm
@Save - What do you have against the families? Great idea, let's make the whole family sick and they can share a hospital room.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · April 4, 2020 at 6:03 pm
God bless our health care workers. We salute you. Please consider having family members stay bedside to help. It will give your nursing staff a break and patients will heal better, quality of care will improve.
Linda Ward · April 4, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Ah, nuts!!
FalconDad · April 4, 2020 at 11:53 am
Wow, so does that mean we have 13 confirmed cases now or are the new three at the hospital just not reported to the community properly (like telling us where they worked).
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