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January 6, 2021

53 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more hospitalization here

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Over the last seven days, 16.7 percent of the PCR tests for COVID-19 in Virginia have been positive — the highest rate since May.
Curbside Testing
• 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

• COVID questions: 540-316-6302 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Wednesday morning COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health:

2,649 total cases in Fauquier since the pandemic began — up 53 from Tuesday morning’s report.

377,300 Virginia cases — up 5,387 since Tuesday.

The total includes 313,349 confirmed and 63,951 “probable” infections.

5,226 deaths statewide — up 35 from Tuesday.

Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 4,604 and “probable” in 622.

4,428,211 PCR diagnostic tests statewide — up 23,570 since Tuesday. Over the past seven days, 16.7 percent of those tests were positive, trending upward.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 18,636 as of Wednesday, up 110 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, 32,101 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed a record 2,925 infected patients Wednesday — up 7 from Tuesday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 35,026.

Hospitalizations previously peaked at 2,918 patients Tuesday, Jan. 5, 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 (up 1) and 29 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 3,160 cases (up 41), 136 hospitalizations and 23 deaths in Culpeper.

• 1,083 infections (up 31), 47 hospitalizations and 13 deaths in Orange.

• 328 infections (up 8), 17 hospitalizations (down 1) and 4 deaths in Madison.

• 179 cases (up 3), 11 hospitalizations (up 1) and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 71 COVID-19 deaths, and 310 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 75,299 PCR tests in the district so far — up 459. Over the last seven days, 11.4 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, up slightly.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 46,776 in Fairfax County — up 423 since Tuesday.

Prince William County, 27,297 — up 334.

Virginia Beach, 18,392 — up 318.

Loudoun County, 14,973 — up 187.

Chesterfield County, 13,953 — up 131.

Henrico County, 13,561 — up 221.

City of Chesapeake, 9,933 — up 70.

City of Richmond, 9,887 — up 144.

City of Norfolk, 9,551 — up 156.

Arlington County, 9,420 — up 82.

City of Alexandria, 7,676 — up 90.

City of Newport News, 6,541 — up 77.

City of Roanoke, 5,537 — up 75.

Nationwide as of Wednesday morning:

20,052,771 cases — up 228,061.

• 357,390 deaths — up 3,758.

• 256.21 million tests conducted — up 1.65 million.

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DougF · January 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm
Science Magazine has an article with good news about immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2.

The data showed that the body’s immune system remembers novel coronavirus for at least 8 months after COVID-19, and multiple different branches of the immune system remember the virus.

The study's author says that suggests the immune system can remember the SARS-CoV-2 virus for years, and most people may be protected from severe COVID-19 for substantial time.

That's good news for both those who acquire immunity through natural infection and those who acquire immunity through vaccination.
Linda Ward · January 6, 2021 at 1:56 pm
There's that "herd immunity" again. Tell you what, we all donate to nursing homes and they will put you on the list along with the residents, at least that's what they did in Florida.
DougF · January 6, 2021 at 12:24 pm
The various vaccines are the best path out of the pandemic and government responses. Unfortunately, Virginia is progressing slower than two-thirds of the states in vaccinations. The leading state, South Dakota, has already vaccinated over 3% of its population. Virginia has vaccinated about half as many. At the vaccination pace of the past week, Virginia will take over two years to reach herd immunity from the vaccine.

Two years is much too long. Virginia must do better.

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