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May 15, 2020

Fauquier has 205 reported cases of COVID-19

Friday morning statistics 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.

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

205 cases in Fauquier County — up 5 since Thursday.

28,672 Virginia cases — up 841 since Thursday. The total includes 27,293 confirmed and 1,379 “probable” infections.

977 deaths statewide — up 22 since Thursday.

Because of criticism about its methods, the health department Friday stopped providing testing data.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 during the pandemic totaled at 3,657 as of Friday, up 65 from Wednesday.

State hospitals housed 1,511 infected patients as of Friday morning, down 22 from Thursday, 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.

The state will begin the first phase of “reopening” today. With social distancing and other preventive measures still in place, it will include religious services, all retailers and outdoor restaurant seating (all at 50 percent capacity), along with hair salons (with appointments required), outdoor exercise classes at gyms and private campgrounds.

But, Northern Virginia — Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William — for two weeks will delay entering Phase One of Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to ease restrictions on businesses and religious gatherings. That region has a far higher rate of infection than the rest of Virginia. The City of Richmond and Accomack County also will delay reopening.

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

• 343 cases and five deaths in Culpeper.

• 51 infections in Orange.

• 23 in and one death in Madison.

• 11 in Rappahannock.

The district has 11 COVID-19 deaths, and 53 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic. The health department no longer provides testing data by district.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 7,159 in Fairfax County — up 208 since Thursday.

Prince William County, 3,421.

Arlington County, 1,534.

City of Alexandria, 1,396.

Loudoun County, 1,374.

Henrico County, 1,198.

Chesterfield County, 946.

City of Richmond, 665.

Accomack County, 648.

City of Harrisonburg, 620.

Virginia Beach, 535.

City of Manassas, 533.

Stafford County, 442.

Rockingham County, 388.

City of Chesapeake, 379.

Buckingham County, 366.

City of Norfolk, 349.

Spotsylvania County, 291.

Shenandoah County, 285.

City of Suffolk, 255.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 221.

City of Portsmouth, 219.

Hanover County, 208.

Richmond County, 201.

Frederick County, 195.

Northampton County, 193.

City of Newport News, 184.

City of Manassas Park, 176.

City of Hampton, 158.

Mecklenburg County, 152.

Page County, 145.

Southampton County, 135.

Albemarle County, 133.

City of Roanoke, 120.

Isle of Wight County, 115.

Nationwide as of Friday morning:

1,417,889 cases.

• 85,906 deaths.

• 246,414 patients have recovered.

• 10.34 million tests conducted.

Deaths in Virginia will total 1,944 by Aug. 4, according to one study, which puts the nation’s projected death toll at 147,040 on that date. The state’s cases will peak between mid-July and late August, according to University of Virginia researchers.
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Silii · May 16, 2020 at 10:52 pm
OK. For you people who don't believe in wearing a facemask because you don't care if you are a carrier and give the virus to others and you continue to believe it's all rather a hoax because Trump said so, here are 2 things you can do. 1. Many pharmaceutical companies and labs are furiousy working on developing a vaccine. They need volunteers to be injected with their product as part of the development process. Locate those companies and labs and volunteer to for their injections. What do you have to lose? 2. If you do get covid19, insist that your doctor, whether you're at home or in the hospital, treat you with hydroxychloroquine. Afterall, Trump, the world's top medical doctor, pitched it as safe and effective, a real game changer. What do you have to lose?
Jerome Fields · May 16, 2020 at 10:46 am
DougF, no need to apologize. I just look at people differently while staying informed. To each their own.
DougF · May 16, 2020 at 10:24 am
Jerome, I'm sorry of numbers upset you. Perhaps you should make your risk decisions without them. I prefer to be informed.
Jerome Fields · May 16, 2020 at 10:03 am
DougF is if nothing else all about the numbers.

What about the children who are dying and/or having heart attacks?
DougF · May 16, 2020 at 9:58 am
PabloCruz -- With 60% of the deaths in long term care facilities (LTC) I'll agree that perspective is different for residents and workers in those facilities.

As for concern with age, the VDH has not provided deaths outside of LTC broken down by age. However, I've seen national statistics that place deaths inside of LTC at slightly over 2%, and deaths of over-65 outside of those facilities at .35%. That points to a higher level of concern with age, but not nearly as much concern as VDH's current 91% over age 65 might lead someone to believe.

To understand why SARS-CoV-V2 has greater adverse effects on some groups than others I think we need to understand the virus biochemically. We aren't there yet, and might not be there for a long time.
Jerome Fields · May 16, 2020 at 9:30 am
PabloCruz - Exactly. Everyone's perspective is based on where and who they are in the big scheme of things.

When you can get tested multiple times a day versus not at all, or if you have access to great health care versus none, or if you are the sole provider for your family, or if you are the many things you listed below, then it looks very different when you walk in others shoes.
Jerome Fields · May 16, 2020 at 9:25 am
Right you are DougF. Carry on sir. Don't mind me that I decided I have no interest in your "analysis" of what is and isn't "immaterial" for myself and my family.
PabloCruz · May 16, 2020 at 9:20 am
A little perspective on perspective...
Perspective is informed mostly by your station in life. If you're younger, white, and upper class, and/or relatively healthy, you may feel that the threat from Corona-virus is relatively benign.

If you're older, black or brown, have preexisting conditions that put you at increased risk, then you rightly might be very worried. If you are living in a nursing or assisted-living facility you have more reason to worry.

If you're able to work from home, you have less reason to worry about getting sick at work.

If you're any number of positions that are being forced to work during these times (including medical workers) you rightly may be very scared.

Finally, perspective is informed also by facts. Virginia is doing a poor job nationally in testing (about 47th out of 50 states) and recently it was reported that Virginia has been including antibody testing in it's total number of tests. Antibody testing is not a method to measure disease spread in a community. This means that we are getting unreliable data from the state that we need to understand the situation.

The numbers so far reported in Fauquier, relative to our size, don't look that bad on paper; but keep it in perspective.
DougF · May 16, 2020 at 8:37 am
Jerome, the point is that we take action to mitigate the risk of all manner of events. The added steps we take to mitigate the risk of SARS-CoV-V2 are minimal. The nature of the risk is immaterial to that analysis.
Jerome Fields · May 16, 2020 at 8:25 am
I agree with keeping things in perspective. Yet, the last I heard car accidents, heart attacks, getting hit by a car, or overdosing, etc. aren't contagious.
DougF · May 16, 2020 at 7:19 am
I agree with keeping perspective. I'm amazed by the way deaths from other causes are simply accepted by society and fade into the background of everyday life. It's almost as society thinks that the risks from SARS-CoV-V2 are the only risks in life.

We all take steps to mitigate the risks from everything else without thinking of them. We pay attention when we drive, we look before crossing the street, we take care that we only take the prescribed doses of medication, and we take a myriad of other steps without thinking of them. The added steps from this coronavirus (e.g. mask, wash hands, don't touch face, social distance) are relatively minor given everything else we do every day. Perspective.
jim goodwin · May 16, 2020 at 5:49 am
Jerome, the numbers are TOTALS. Of course they're rising. The number of new cases is dwarfed by the number of people that have already been infected and survived, a number we may never know for sure.

We need to keep some perspective: "Twenty infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and five have died since the pandemic started."

Twenty. And five. Since the pandemic started. Out of a population of over 70,000. That's 0.03% and 0.01% respectively.

So wear the mask, wash your hands, don't touch your face, social distance. It'll be fine.
Silii · May 15, 2020 at 9:12 pm
I saw a news report on clorox wipes: The company in Georgia that makes Clorox products imply did not have the capacity to keep up with the huge demand that hit fast. They are ramping up equipment and 24 hour production but predict ample product won't be available until some time this summer.
Jerome Fields · May 15, 2020 at 4:28 pm
Each day the cases and deaths increase. I'm keeping my distance, be careful what I touch while washing my hands as often as possible, and wearing a mask until the new year.

Off topic, Food Lion has TP and paper towels. Foster's Grill is selling TP and paper towels. Still no Clorox wipes in town.
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