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June 17, 2020

889 more COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths in Virginia

Wednesday morning update from the Virginia Department of Health.
Curbside Testing
• Where: Piedmont Urgent Care, 493 Blackwell Road, Warrenton

• When: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

• Criteria: Fever and/or symptoms of respiratory illness.

• Process: Patients who meet screening criteria will 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.

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

398 total cases in Fauquier County since the pandemic began — up 5 since Tuesday.

55,775 Virginia cases — up 889 since Tuesday. The total includes 53,318 confirmed and 2,457 “probable” infections.

1,583 deaths statewide — up 13 since Tuesday. Of the fatalities, the health department classified COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 1,478 and “probable” in 105.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled at 5,692 as of Wednesday, up 49 from Tuesday.

491,884 diagnostic tests statewide — up 8,860 since Tuesday. Over the past seven days, 7.3 percent of those tests were positive, continuing a downward trend.

State hospitals housed 938 infected patients Wednesday, up 34, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 peaked at 1,625 patients on May 8.

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.

Twenty-six infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and 6 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 790 cases, 59 hospitalizations and 9 deaths in Culpeper.

• 135 infections, 13 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Orange.

• 42 infections, 4 hospitalizations and 1 death in Madison.

• 17 cases and 1 hospitalization in Rappahannock.

The district has 18 COVID-19 deaths, and 103 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 10,096 diagnostic tests in the district so far, up 329 from
Tuesday. Over the last seven days, 6 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 13,153 in Fairfax County — up 50 since Tuesday.

Prince William County, 6,654.

Loudoun County, 3,458.

Arlington County, 2,372.

Henrico County, 2,332.

Chesterfield County, 2,316.

City of Alexandria, 2,175.

City of Richmond, 1,872.

City of Manassas, 1,320.

Accomack County, 1,018.

Virginia Beach, 923.

Stafford County, 906.

City of Harrisonburg, 864.

Spotsylvania County, 858.

City of Norfolk, 698.

City of Chesapeake, 684.

Rockingham County, 636.

Buckingham County, 542.

Shenandoah County, 522.

Frederick County, 440.

City of Newport News, 399.

City of Portsmouth, 395.

City of Manassas Park, 390.

City of Portsmouth, 386.

Hanover County, 378.

City of Suffolk, 348.

Greensville County, 343.

Richmond County, 294.

Albemarle County, 293.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 290.

City of Roanoke, 277.

City of Winchester, 273.

Northampton County, 265.

Page County, 256.

City of Hampton, 248.

Warren County, 233.

Mecklenburg County, 231.

City of Fredericksburg, 215.

Henry County, 212.

City of Galax, 208.

City of Petersburg, 194.

Sussex County, 184.
Carroll County, 177.

Prince Edward County, 171.

Prince George County, 169.

City of Charlottesville, 161.

Isle of Wight County, 158.

Augusta County, 157.

Southampton County, 154.

City of Hopewell, 149.

Roanoke County, 148.

City of Colonial Heights, 117.

Goochland County, 116.

Caroline County, 116.

Dinwiddie County, 113.

City of Emporia, 106.

Fluvanna County, 103.

Louisa County, 101.

Nationwide as of Sunday morning:

2,137,731 cases.

• 116,963 deaths.

• 583,503 have recovered.

• 24.44 million tests conducted.
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DougF · June 18, 2020 at 9:45 am
Although it's easy to get scared if someone coughs, the reality is they probably don't have CoViD-19. Many other conditions can create a cough, and some of those conditions are much more prevalent. For example, about 30% of the population has seasonal allergies. By comparison, if double the number of people have CoVid-19 than the number of active cases, less than 1% of the Virginia population has CoViD-19.
GreggR · June 18, 2020 at 8:58 am
DF: Sounds like the order puts store employees between a rock and a hard place. And there's no way to tell if someone genuinely has a non-covid19 medical condition or is asymptomatic/feverish, coughing on folks inside a store.
DonkeyFarmer · June 17, 2020 at 7:33 pm
The Governor decided when he issued his mask executive order, that he would make it unenforceable. You do not have to wear a mask if you feel it is contrary to your health, and no store owner or employee is allowed to ask you about your health condition. If a store employee tells you to leave a store for not wearing a mask, THEY are the ones in violation of the law. Don't believe me? Here is the relevant part of the executive order:

Persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering. --

Nothing in this Order shall require the use of a face covering by any person for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition. Any person who declines to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce or carry medical documentation verifying the stated condition nor shall the person be required to identify the precise underlying medical condition.
Tony Bentley · June 17, 2020 at 7:15 pm
MEStrong - I saw the same thing at Home Depot. They even have a sign that says all customers MUST wear a mask while shopping in that store. Wal Mart has a person sitting at the entrance, but again are they going to risk their lives for minimum wage telling someone to put on a mask or leave?

My question is it worth it to the employees, who are making minimum wage, to confront some numbskull to put on a mask?

Most employees at Home Depot tended to look the other way, and who can blame them with all the gun toting/loving members of our community. As long as the employees have their masks on, then they are doing their part. They are not the mask police.
DougF · June 17, 2020 at 6:48 pm
Rover 530, I think the main risk is that if Northam keeps us in Phase 2 while all indicators are moving in the right direction and are lower then they were two months ago, more and more people will think the continued shutdown is not justified, and more will stop their social distancing and mask wearing. The cure is for the state to demonstrate that the actions they want people to take are justified by the data and the science. That's the only way for the state to remain credible. If the state loses credibility, people will reach their own conclusions about the threat and act accordingly.
MEStrong · June 17, 2020 at 4:09 pm
Yesterday, I was at the Walgreens in Warrenton and some guy just “strolls in” without a mask and proceeds to cough about 15 feet away from me. I immediately brought this to an employee’s attention. They responded there was “nothing they could do about it.” Really? Other stores, including our supermarkets here in town, are actually concerned about the health and safety of their customers, and would have asked the man to either “put on a mask” or “kindly exit the store.” I’m VERY disappointed in how Walgreens handled the situation especially given the fact it’s a pharmacy of all things! I’ll have to think long and hard about returning to Walgreens since I’m immunocompromised and rarely venture out to run errands as it is.
DougF · June 17, 2020 at 2:50 pm
Generally our state provides good data on this event. One recommended improvement is to provide the median age of new cases. Since adverse outcomes are heavily weighted to the upper ages, a reduction of median new case age presages reduced severity. For example, although Florida is experiencing an increased rate of new case formation, the median age of new cases fell from 65 to 37. Thus, hospitaliations and deaths are continuing to trend down. If we had the median age of new cases in this state we might find out that not only is the rate of new case formation is falling, but median age of new cases is falling as well.
Rover 530 · June 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm
We will have a resurgence by the middle of Summer. All that the health authorities can do cannot counter the irresponsible actions of the lamebrains who refuse to believe we have a serious health problem on our hands. What is the status of contact tracing in our area? Importantly, why has the federal government gotten out of the COVID-19 business. Maybe the thought is: “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” Still waiting for the miracle.
DougF · June 17, 2020 at 2:26 pm
This state isn't having a resurgence, at least not now. All the indicators continue to trend down -- cases, percent positive tests, hospitalizations, deaths. See VDH's "Key Measures" pages.

Additionally, the VHHA hospital measures are simply outstanding. Hospital rooms for confirmed cases down from a high of 1094 to 1026. ICU rooms for confirmed cases down from 469 to 249. Ventilators down from a high of 293 to 120, an amazing 59% reduction.

We could have a resurgence in the future, but we don't have one now.
Jerome Fields · June 17, 2020 at 1:23 pm
Sonny Day - Sure conveniently forget about all those people that haven't worn a mask or practiced social distancing from the get go, and all those people hanging out for Memorial Day BBQing.
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