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January 8, 2021

30th COVID-19 death and 22 new cases in Fauquier

As of Friday morning, 733 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Fauquier, according to the state health department.
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• Where: Piedmont Urgent Care, 493 Blackwell Road, Warrenton

• When: 8 a.m. to 4 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

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The state health department Friday morning reported Fauquier County’s 30th death attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

The patient, a 75-year-old woman with “significant comorbidities,” died Dec. 13, said Dr. Wade Kartchner, the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District director.

It often takes days or weeks for the state health department to verify the cause of death.

On average, a county resident has died every 9.6 days since officials reported the first case here March 25.

Half of Fauquier’s deaths resulted from an outbreak that started in August at the Brookside Rehab and Nursing Center in Warrenton. That outbreak ended in September and Brookside has no active cases, it reported Friday.

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

2,713 total cases in Fauquier since the pandemic began — up 22 from Thursday morning’s report.

382,679 Virginia cases — up a 5,379 since Wednesday.

The total includes 321,172 confirmed and 66,745 “probable” infections.

5,312 deaths statewide — up 37 from Thursday.

Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 4,681 and “probable” in 631.

4,500,002 PCR diagnostic tests statewide — up 36,234 since Thursday. Over the past seven days, 16.7 percent of those tests were positive, down slightly.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 18,918 as of Friday, up 128 since Thursday.

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, 32,595 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 2,991 infected patients Friday — down 9 from Thursday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 35,546.

Hospitalizations previously peaked at 3,000 patients Thursday, Jan. 7, 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-nine infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and 30 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 3,226 cases (up 36), 137 hospitalizations and 23 deaths in Culpeper.

• 1,115 infections (up 16), 48 hospitalizations (up 1) and 15 deaths (up 1) in Orange.

• 340 infections (up 5), 17 hospitalizations and 4 deaths in Madison.

• 187 cases (up 3), 11 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 74 COVID-19 deaths, and 312 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 76,366 PCR tests in the district so far — up 509. Over the last seven days, 13.4 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, trending upward.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 47,891 in Fairfax County — up 656 since Thursday.

Prince William County, 27,776 — up 202.

Virginia Beach, 19,314 — up 503

Loudoun County, 15,219 — up 124.

Chesterfield County, 14,287 — up 145.

Henrico County, 13,983 — up 226.

City of Richmond, 10,134 — up 135.

City of Chesapeake, 10,105 — up 74.

City of Norfolk, 9,806 — up 103.

Arlington County, 9,654 — up 113.

City of Alexandria, 7,817 — up 70.

City of Newport News, 6,710 — up 80.

City of Roanoke, 5,594 — up 21.

Nationwide as of Friday morning:

21,585,630 cases — up 1.53 million.

• 365,359 deaths — up 4,047.

• 259.61 million tests conducted — up 1.9 million.
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Silii · January 9, 2021 at 6:46 pm
Hi AngryBob, The families I now about are not related to me. But, they are an example of people making lousy choices that are ending up bringing our healthcare system to its knees. Re people wearing masks: Honestly, I don't know where you go or how often but believe me, early on there were few people wearing masks in stores, etc. in Warrenton. And, yes, I keep with what I said: I notice more people wearing them now and that is a positive change. Sounds like you and your family have been making intelligent choices. Kudos. Sure wish you had broader influence..
Myaccountinglab · January 9, 2021 at 8:20 am
Really bad news that Fauquier has new 19 death because of COVID 19. But on the other side thank you coronavirus helpers who are always at risk and trying to ouve lives.
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Tony Bentley · January 8, 2021 at 7:44 pm
DougF - Weren't you the one going on and on about Sweden and how it's herd immunity was working all Summer?

"Sweden passes law allowing coronavirus lockdowns after months of shunning such measures. Sweden's decision last year to keep communities and economies open came at a cost: It has the highest per capita death rate of all Scandinavian countries."
AngryBob · January 8, 2021 at 1:14 pm
@Silii: I have only seen one person not wearing a mask since the mandate. Otherwise, I've not seen a full human face in almost a year, other than my immediate family. We have not been to a restaurant in almost a year. My kids have missed an entire year of school. There just isn't much more we can do.

Your three families made a choice. Which is their right.
DougF · January 8, 2021 at 12:48 pm
Carnegie Mellon's Delphi group reports that 93.59% of Virginians wear masks. While it is true that we don't match California's 94.42%, it is also true that their recent surge was much greater than ours.

Regrettably, this virus spreads incidental to humans doing basic human things. This is not a morality tale; Not everything us under our control.
Silii · January 8, 2021 at 11:28 am
No surprise the number in Fauquier keeps going up. Eating out at restaurants, not wearing masks (although it appears more people are wearing masks in stores). But, how many traveled over the holidays or had family in? I know of 3 people who had big Thanksgiving dinners with family from all over and they ALL in all 3 families came down with covid including those who traveled here from out of state.
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