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May 21, 2020

Fauquier COVID-19 case total rises 10 to 261

Virginia Department of Health statistics as of Thursday morning.
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.

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

261 total cases in Fauquier County since the pandemic began — up 10 since Wednesday.

34,137 Virginia cases — up 1,229 since Wednesday. The total includes 32,428 confirmed and 1,709 “probable” infections.

1,099 deaths statewide — up 25 since Wednesday.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 during the pandemic totaled at 4,093 as of Thursday, up 114 from Wednesday.

State hospitals housed 1,491 infected patients as of Thursday morning, down 45 from Wednesday, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported.

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 infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and five have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 526 cases and five deaths in Culpeper.

• 73 infections in Orange.

• 27 in and one death in Madison.

• 12 in Rappahannock.

The district has 11 COVID-19 deaths, and 70 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 8,580 in Fairfax County — up 417 since Wednesday.

Prince William County, 4,183.

Arlington County, 1,763.

Loudoun County, 1,700.

City of Alexandria, 1,627.

Henrico County, 1,339.

Chesterfield County, 1,132.

City of Richmond, 888.

City of Manassas, 743.

Accomack County, 709.

City of Harrisonburg, 695.

Virginia Beach, 584.

Stafford County, 540.

Buckingham County, 438.

Rockingham County, 434.

City of Chesapeake, 412.

City of Norfolk, 377.

Spotsylvania County, 366.

Shenandoah County, 355.

City of Suffolk, 278.

Richmond County, 263.

City of Portsmouth, 245.

Frederick County, 245.

Hanover County, 244.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 232.

City of Manassas Park, 223.

City of Newport News, 215.

Northampton County, 206.

Mecklenburg County, 185.

City of Hampton, 167.

Page County, 166.

Albemarle County, 142.

Southampton County, 138.

City of Roanoke, 135.

Isle of Wight County, 121.

City of Winchester, 110.

Nationwide as of Thursday morning:

1,551,853 cases.

• 93,439 deaths.

• 294,312 have recovered.

• 12.64 million tests conducted.

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Linda Ward · May 23, 2020 at 11:48 am
The human body is an amazing self-sufficient system, thank goodness we don't have to plug ourselves into an outlet to keep running. That being said, without proper nutrition and care that system will malfunction and there is where the problems start.
Sometimes it has to doing with a compromised immune system from previous illness or poor health due to lifestyle and/or circumstances, or when a vector that we have no immunity to (like COVID-19) comes along that causes sickness and death.

We are fortunate that we have insurance and are able to see a doctor when needed, not everyone can afford to do that. Then there are the people that go to the doctor for everything. I was raised on a farm where we only went to the doctor for broken bones, most vaccinations though I don't remember them, medical emergencies beyond my Mom's care.

In a perfect world we would all be healthy. Our world is far from perfect.
badelectronics · May 23, 2020 at 9:59 am
@Linda: Thank you for seeing your doctor, that's my point.

And I disagree with this: "While the human body is a perfectly engineered organic system..."

If the system was perfectly engineered, why is anyone suffering from COVID-19 infection or any other infection for that matter?

Linda Ward · May 22, 2020 at 8:04 pm
Rover 530 - I agree, we will continue to protect ourselves therefore protecting others. I'm rooting for that vaccine to be found and supplied to everyone as soon as safely possible.

badelectronics _ My husband and I recently had our annual physicals done, and we both had low Vitamin D levels which can happen during the colder months. Our doctor recommended a supplement but no more then 4000 IUs a day. We will be retested at the end of Summer to see if we are on track with more exposure to the sun, and can stop until mid-winter again if needed.

"Research has shown that vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining health in the gastrointestinal tract. Higher levels of vitamin D reduce susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease, gut and lung infections in animals and people, osteoporosis in adults. In the immune system, vitamin D acts to improve your ability to fight infections and to reduce inflammation."

I agree drinking copious amounts of water is not always good, unless you are trying to flush out toxins and/or bring down a fever (where electrolytes come up), yet you have to be careful you are not also flushing out nutrients or overwhelming the system.
Rover 530 · May 22, 2020 at 4:53 pm
While the human body is a perfectly engineered organic system, the natural defense mechanisms can only do so much. there are a lot of things out there the human body cannot protect against. COVID-19 is one of them at the present. That may change, however, as people who are infected develop antibodies after recovering from the disease and a workable vaccine is eventually developed. None of what has been mentioned in this string will do much good until a vaccine is real except for social distancing, personal and home hygiene, self-quarantine and wearing masks.
badelectronics · May 22, 2020 at 11:25 am
@Linda: Then I recommend that people talk to their doctor, and for their kids, their pediatrician. Pushing fluids, especially on someone that does not need them in the for of water can lead to serious health complications. Hyponatremia comes to mind. Nebulous musings such as "Vitamin d helps" is as useful as eating freeze dries cat turds, which was my point.
Linda Ward · May 21, 2020 at 10:37 pm
Bad electronics - It is important to build up or keep the immune system at its optimum levels. I have no idea if what SaveFauquier is suggesting would help with Covid-19, yet can't hurt.

Much better then injecting disinfectants or gargling with bleach for sure. The person who recommended that advice should definitively not be heeded.
badelectronics · May 21, 2020 at 8:25 pm
I don't know if I speak for anyone else here, but I think that Savefauquiercounty2019 might try and take dehydrated cat urine pills on the off chance that they might help defeat covid-19.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · May 21, 2020 at 3:57 pm
Please remember babies under 6 months old do not have much of an immune system. Children get sick 4 to 5 times a year until the 4th or 5th grade. When you get I'll, your b cell retains the memory. And it is those b cells that come out to help them fight the illness,often you won't see any symptoms. Our body is equipped for the fight with lymph nodes, adenoids, tonsils, white blood cells. Your intestines and liver are awesome too in helping the fight. Take care of your child's intestine and liver by staying away from processed foods as much as possible. The liver purges out toxins, drinking water helps it. Consider giving your children and loved ones bromelain. It is an anti inflammatory. If your child gets sick give expectorants, thin seceretions by pushing fluids and using humidifier air. Home made juice popsicles are a nice alternative. Vitamin d helps. God bless. Building your child's immunity is hard work but we'll worth your efforts that can improve their quality of life.
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