March 19, 2020
Employee in Culpeper confirmed with coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As of earlier Thursday, Virginia had 94 confirmed cases and two deaths.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District announced Thursday night that an individual who works in Culpeper County, but lives elsewhere, has tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Health department staff will be contacting people who have been identified as close contacts, who will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days.
— Dr. Wade Kartchner, district health director
“Health department staff will be contacting people who have been identified as close contacts, who will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days,” Dr. Wade Kartchner, the district health director said in a press release. “To protect patient confidentiality, no further information about the patient will be released.”
The district includes Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties.
This is the first confirmed case of the virus involving any of the five counties.
Earlier Thursday, Virginia had 94 confirmed cases and two deaths.
“As we continue to see new cases of COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth, it is critical that people follow the public health guidelines on social distancing and good hygiene,” Dr. Kartchner said. “Social distancing is one of the most effective strategies in lessening the impact of this pandemic.”
People should avoid social gatherings of more than 10 individuals. If you are 65 years or older, or if you have a serious chronic medical conditions — such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or immune compromise — you should seriously consider staying at home, the five-county region’s health director said.
“We all have a responsibility and duty to do everything we can to protect ourselves and our community from this novel coronavirus,” Dr. Kartchner said.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions, he added.
Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, health officials encourage people to:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid contact with sick people.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Call your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms.
As the COVID-19 outbreak expands, recommendations may change.
The regional office is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide the best possible guidance for the community.
For general questions about COVID-19, community members may call the RRHD COVID-19 Hotline at 540-316-6302. For the latest on COVID-19, visit: www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.
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BestKeptSecrets · March 22, 2020 at 4:42 pm
You have to question why Fauquier county residents were NOT being tested for the CV back in Feb? Seriously what needs to be reported is when did the tests become available and has Piedmont physicians been responsible in contacting all the patients that tested negative from the flu but had the symptoms of CV. Why isn't more information about the tests and when they were available HERE being reported? Everyone who was treated for the symptoms of CV and not tested should be contacting the health dept. Gross negligence. You deserve to know because there may be long term effects from the CV.
Sonny Day · March 20, 2020 at 10:49 am
Do not be surprised when many more are affected. I have heard from reliable sources of a family living in Fauquier in which the mom/mother/wife teaches in a Northern Virginia county. She became ill with flu-like symptoms and passed it on to her husband and kids. They all tested negative for the flu, but for some unknown reason they have not been tested for COVID-19.
So it appears that this state is way behind the curve and we will never know how many are truly affected.
Thus it is important to keep a safe distance in public areas and frequently wash your hands despite the fact that no cases have been officially reported in Fauquier.
JDwarrenton · March 20, 2020 at 7:23 am
So we're not allowed to know whether this person was working at the drive-through window of our local fast food restaurant?
Big help. Thanks.
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