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February 27, 2021

6 COVID deaths reported at Poet’s Walk in Warrenton

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A COVID-19 outbreak reported Jan. 29 at the Poet’s Walk memory care center in Warrenton has produced 45 cases and 6 deaths, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Getting The Vaccine
Under “Phase 1b,” all Virginians 65 and older may register — along with those 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions.

Visit the Virginia Department of Health website

On the website, complete the appropriate survey to sign up for the vaccine.

The health department also has a hotline: 877-275-8343.

Fauquier County has a call center to help at 540-422-0111.

The number of people who want the vaccine far outnumbers the supply. It will require patience.

Fauquier Health vaccination information.
Six residents of Poet’s Walk, a memory care center in Warrenton, have died of COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health reported Saturday morning.

A coronavirus outbreak reported to the health department Jan. 29 has resulted in 45 cases at the 68-bed center.

The deaths there have helped raise Fauquier County’s total deaths to 51 since the pandemic started.

The health department Saturday reported 185 more statewide deaths attributed to COVID-19 — the second-highest one-day total since the pandemic started. VDH reported a record 234 deaths Friday, Feb . 26.

Over the last seven days, deaths reported in Virginia have totaled 1,185 — a daily average of 169.

Many of those fatalities took place in January, when Virginia suffered a post-holiday spike in infections, according to health department officials. Those fatalities get added to the total as the department reviews death certificates.

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

3,937 total cases in Fauquier since the pandemic began — up 14 from Friday morning’s report.

Fauquier public schools have 13 active cases among staff members and 10 among students as of Saturday morning. The school system had 11 employees and 127 students in quarantine as of Friday, Feb. 19.

574,314 Virginia cases — up 1,675 since Friday.

The total includes 452,664 confirmed and 121,650 “probable” infections.

8,382 deaths statewide — up 185 from Friday.

Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 7,189 and “probable” in 1,193.

5,879,000 PCR diagnostic tests statewide — up 24,347 since Friday. Over the past seven days, 7.4 percent of those tests were positive, trending downward.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 24,091 as of Saturday, up 113 since Friday.

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, 46,748 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 1,374 infected patients Saturday — down 107, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 48,122.

Hospitalizations peaked at 3,549 patients Wednesday, Jan. 13, according to the association.

• 1,855,904 doses of vaccine administered statewide, including 15,852 to Fauquier residents — up 800 in the county as of Saturday morning.

The state has averaged 34,078 doses administered per day over the last week. So far, 14.5 percent of Virginians have received at least one dose.

• 616,469 Virginians fully vaccinated, including 5,060 in Fauquier — raising the county total by 123 in a day.

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.

One hundred and fifty-nine infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized (up 1) and 51 have died (up 4) since the pandemic started.

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

• 4,064 cases (up 8), 166 hospitalizations (up 2) and 50 deaths (up 1) in Culpeper.

• 1,838 infections (up 24), 73 hospitalizations and 24 deaths in Orange.

• 531 infections (up 1), 21 hospitalizations and 11 deaths in Madison.

• 298 cases (up 1), 15 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 138 COVID-19 deaths, and 434 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 99,345 PCR tests in the district so far — up 393. Over the last seven days, 5 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, trending downward.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 66,354 in Fairfax County — up 156 since Friday.

Prince William County, 39,211 — up 61.

Virginia Beach, 30,491 — up 98.

Chesterfield County, 23,488 — up 86.

Loudoun County, 22,997 — up 56.

Henrico County, 21,330 — up 96.

City of Chesapeake, 18,160 — up 52.

City of Norfolk, 14,838 — up 58.

City of Richmond, 14,794 — up 47.

Arlington County, 13,112 — up 52.

City of Newport News, 11,431 — up 47.

City of Alexandria, 10,299 — up 14.

Stafford County, 9,491 — up 12.

City of Hampton, 8,599 — up 43.

Spotsylvania County, 8,270 — up 19.

City of Roanoke, 7,513 — up 18.

Nationwide as of Saturday morning:

28,487,312 cases — up 73,363 from Friday morning.

• 510,468 deaths — up 2,154.

• 347.72 million tests conducted – up about 1.76 million.

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)

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TADD · February 27, 2021 at 3:16 pm
Oh no!!! Awe. God bless.
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