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January 7, 2021

COVID-19 patients in state hospitals hit record 3,000

The “positivity” rate continues to rise, reaching 13 percent in this region and 16.8 percent statewide as of Thursday morning.
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COVID-19 cases in Virginia continue to soar, with the number of patients in hospital beds across the state reaching 3,000 for the first time Thursday morning reaching 3,000 Thursday morning.

Pandemic update from the Virginia Department of Health:

2,691 total cases in Fauquier since the pandemic began — up 52 from Wednesday morning’s report.

382,679 Virginia cases — up a 5,379 since Wednesday.

The total includes 317,123 confirmed and 65,556 “probable” infections.

5,275 deaths statewide — up 49 from Wednesday.

Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 4,646 and “probable” in 629.

4,463,768 PCR diagnostic tests statewide — up 35,557 since Wednesday. Over the past seven days, 16.87 percent of those tests were positive, trending upward.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 18,790 as of Thursday, up 154 since Wednesday.

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, 32,368 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed a record 3,000 infected patients Thursday — up 75 from Wednesday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 35,368.

Hospitalizations previously peaked at 2,925 patients Wednesday, Jan. 6, 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 and 29 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 3,190 cases (up 30), 137 hospitalizations (up 1) and 23 deaths in Culpeper.

• 1,099 infections (up 16), 47 hospitalizations and 14 deaths (up 1) in Orange.

• 335 infections (up 7), 17 hospitalizations and 4 deaths in Madison.

• 184 cases (up 5), 11 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 72 COVID-19 deaths, and 311 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 75,857 PCR tests in the district so far — up 558. Over the last seven days, 13 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, trending upward.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 47,235 in Fairfax County — up 459 since Wednesday.

Prince William County, 27,574 — up 377.

Virginia Beach, 18,811 — up 419.

Loudoun County, 15,095 — up 122.

Chesterfield County, 14,142 — up 189.

Henrico County, 13,757 — up 196.

City of Chesapeake, 10,031 — up 98.

City of Richmond, 9,999 — up 112.

City of Norfolk, 9,703 — up 152.

Arlington County, 9,541 — up 121.

City of Alexandria, 7,747 — up 71.

City of Newport News, 6,630 — up 89.

City of Roanoke, 5,573 — up 36.

Nationwide as of Thursday morning:

20,052,771 cases — up 1.25 million.

• 361,312 deaths — up 3,922.

• 257.71 million tests conducted — up 1.5 million.

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Mily · January 8, 2021 at 8:50 am
Covid had changed our life to another level. I cook, eat more than I work. I get time to spend with my family, doing whatever I kept pending. But the never-ending increase in the number of patients is really worrying.
BestKeptSecrets · January 8, 2021 at 5:06 am
Cammie, was it OK when the ME 2 movement rioters went to the federal doors and were beating them in when Kavanaugh was being confirmed? Or how they threatened his children and wife? You and the radical left place fettors on to your own violent, violatile, corrupt party. We watched America being destroyed this entire past year as the radical left in their cities and towns permitted it. Was it OK with you when several senators during this administration wanted Trump assassinated? American citizens have been pulverized while sitting eating their meals. Turn off your media that is owned by 7 men messaging what they want you to hear. Called any major corporation and see for yourself how they have farmed American jobs in countries around the world. Start with United Airlines. When you call for customer service ask which country you are calling or speaking with. Most hospitals have farmed out their radiology to other countries while you wait for results that may or may not be correct. Every job that is farmed out we lose paying into social security. Every illegal that is hired by a dishonest employer is taking advantage America. Was it not bad enough when CLinton created NAFTA? Manufacturers left the USA. Don't just call out the Republicans. Your party has been taken over by communists. Don't just listen to the news, get out in your community and see for yourself. If you see a company that hires illegals, ask them why. Better yet don't do business with them. If you own a business and use illegals, own up to it. America and Americans deserve their resources. Start with senior citizens. You call every assisted living in Fauquier County and ask their costs and if they accept medicaid. Call Dept of SOcial Services and ask if they have grants to assist elderly in finding and locating housing. Ask why businesses are moving out of democratic states. Can a middle income family afford their groceries. Why are you being taxed for everything
Cammie Rodgers · January 7, 2021 at 6:12 pm
In all honestly, it would be just if everyone of those people who were part of the sedition and destruction at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, gets sick and dies, that includes the politicians who aid and abet Trump.
DougF · January 7, 2021 at 11:09 am
The VDH "Key Measures" reveal a different relationship between cases and deaths unique to this surge. The peak for deaths (by date of death) preceded the peak in cases (by date of symptom onset). Then the deaths dropped significantly while the cases did not.

That counterintuitive relationship is unexplained. It could be because of significant reporting lags, or because of improved therapeutics. The latter is a strong possibility because the peak in deaths occurred 1 December, and monoclonal antibodies were approved on 9 November.

The antibodies are approved for those with mild or moderate Covid-19 who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.

This article gives a good description of one administration of the antibodies in Virginia:

While we all await the ramp-up of vaccinations we should be cognizant of the improved therapeutics, particularly if we contract Covid-19 and are in a high risk group.
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