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August 31, 2021

51 new COVID-19 cases here, 25 of those in schools

Liberty High has 30 active cases, with double-digit numbers also reported at three other Southern Fauquier public schools.
Vaccinations
59.5%
of Fauquier citizens have received at least one dose as of Monday — a total of 42,404. Statewide, the rate stands at 64%.


53.1%
of county residents have completed vaccination — a total of 37,788. Statewide, the rate stands at 56.6%.


409
new doses of vaccine administered to Fauquier residents as of Monday, since Friday.


Getting the vaccine

Everyone 12 and older in Virginia qualifies for COVID-19 vaccination. All who have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine will be eligible for a booster, starting Sept. 20.

Medical offices and pharmacies offer the vaccines free of charge. The health department also has walk-in clinics, with no appointment needed.
Fauquier County has 51 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday morning and another hospitalized patient, the Virginia Department of Health.

That brings the county total cases to 5,647 since the pandemic started.

It also marks the highest number reported in 24 hours since Jan. 25, when Fauquier had 65 new cases. Tuesday’s total ranks second in new cases reported here since the pandemic started.

Meanwhile, Fauquier County Public Schools reported 132 “active cases” Tuesday morning — up 25 from Monday. The total includes 100 cases among students and 32 among staff members.

The school system defines active cases as those identified with positive PCR tests in the last 10 days.

The school system has reported 170 new cases since classes resumed Aug. 11 — with 133 among students and 37 among staff members.

As of last Thursday, the most recent update, county schools had 565 students and 11 staff members in quarantine.

Liberty High has the most active cases as of Tuesday, with 28 among students and 2 staff members who recently tested positive. Neighboring Mary Walter Elementary at Morrisville has 13 active cases among students and 3 among its staff. Grace Miller Elementary and Cedar Lee Middle School, both in Bealeton, also have active cases in the double digits as of Tuesday morning.

The county continues to trail the state in the percentage of residents vaccinated. (See box.)

The state has another 3,487 cases Tuesday morning, bringing the pandemic total to 766,435.

The health department Tuesday morning reported 32 more deaths statewide since Monday, bringing Virginia’s total fatalities to 11,842 since the pandemic started. Fauquier’s deaths attributed to COVID-19 remain unchanged at 72 deaths.

Virginia hospitals reported 1,768 infected patients in their beds Tuesday morning, up 68 from Monday. Since the pandemic started, the state’s hospitals have housed 64,048 infected patients.

During the pandemic, Fauquier’s hospitalizations of infected patients total 227 — up 1 from Monday.

Elsewhere in the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District:

Culpeper County has 5,226 cases, up 40 from Monday.

Orange County, 2,665 cases, up 34.

Madison County, 706, up 7.

Rappahannock County, 446, up 7.

As of Tuesday morning, the rate of positive PCR tests over the last week stood at 10.1 percent statewide, unchanged, and 7.5 percent in the health district, up slightly.
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