May 17, 2020
Fauquier has 213 reported cases of COVID-19
Sunday morning COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health:
• 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.
• 213 cases in Fauquier County — up 2 since Saturday.
• 30,388 Virginia cases — up 705 since Saturday. The total includes 28,901 confirmed and 1,487 “probable” infections.
• 1,009 deaths statewide — up 7 since Saturday.
Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 during the pandemic totaled at 3,775 as of Sunday, up 51 from Saturday.
State hospitals housed 1,524 infected patients as of Sunday morning, up 19 from Saturday, 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:
• 374 cases and five deaths in Culpeper.
• 56 infections in Orange.
• 24 in and one death in Madison.
• 12 in Rappahannock.
The district has 11 COVID-19 deaths, and 56 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.
Cases elsewhere in Virginia:
• 7,642 in Fairfax County — up 257 since Saturday.
• Prince William County, 3,666.
• Arlington County, 1,590.
• City of Alexandria, 1,476.
• Loudoun County, 1,446.
• Henrico County, 1,252.
• Chesterfield County, 988.
• City of Richmond, 758.
• Accomack County, 688.
• City of Harrisonburg, 632.
• City of Manassas, 594.
• Virginia Beach, 548.
• Stafford County, 467.
• Buckingham County, 411.
• Rockingham County, 389.
• City of Chesapeake, 384.
• City of Norfolk, 350.
• Spotsylvania County, 312.
• Shenandoah County, 303.
• City of Suffolk, 264.
• Richmond County, 261.
• James City County (including Williamsburg), 239.
• City of Portsmouth, 225.
• Hanover County, 220.
• Frederick County, 211.
• Northampton County, 198.
• City of Newport News, 193.
• City of Manassas Park, 187.
• Mecklenburg County, 167.
• City of Hampton, 161.
• Page County, 161.
• Albemarle County, 138.
• Southampton County, 135.
• City of Roanoke, 120.
• Isle of Wight County, 115.
Nationwide as of Sunday morning:
• 88,754 deaths.
• 268,376 patients have recovered.
• 11 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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DougF · May 18, 2020 at 11:57 am
Truepat, that report, and all of the social media speculation that led up to it since mid-April, may be a reason why some do not get tested. However, I'm not aware that the claim of cross-reactivity is substantiated.
Truepat · May 18, 2020 at 11:35 am
A report last Friday stated that if you have had a flu shot it will show up as a corona virus with these tests.......
DougF · May 18, 2020 at 11:10 am
Tony, all good theories.
Regarding the antibody test, I believe that for a doctor's order and insurance payment someone has to say they were exposed by someone with a positive test, or show a positive test in a chain of exposures that leads to them. Perhaps many are not able to do so and don't want to pay over $100 themselves. That could be a reason.
For those that can provide the exposure chain, fear of what an antibody test might say could be a reason, but the antibody results can only be a positive (showing the good news that they may have immunity) or a negative (which puts them in the same risk position they were in before the test). There's no downside. Perhaps people don't think that through.
The tests could be viewed as "faulty"; sensitivity and specificity ranges from 95% to 99%. But that leads to the same reasoning as in the paragraph above; there's only an upside to the antibody test.
Personally I wish more would get the antibody test. Until more volunteer, testing rates will stay low.
Tony Bentley · May 18, 2020 at 10:38 am
Doug F - Good question. Could be many factors. Do they have insurance to pay for the test? Are they afraid of what the test might say? Do they believe they won't contract it? Is the information available to people? Do people think that the tests are faulty? The antibody tests are over $100, and you have to have a doctor request it before your insurance will pay for it.
Some places are only administering the tests if you show signs of COVID-19 not just because you want one. I think that is the bigger problem, people may be asymptomatic so don't think they need the test.
DougF · May 18, 2020 at 9:58 am
Tony, now that antibody tests are available to anyone, and diagnostic tests are much more available and easier to qualify for than earlier, why do you think so few tested in Virginia?
If few feel the need for a test, testing rates will stay low. Why do so few feel the need?
DougF · May 18, 2020 at 9:49 am
Truepat, I think we need greater transparency in this state. The media seems disinterested and uncaring about the huge number of COVID-19 deaths in long term care facilities. Perhaps Virginia's strategy and actions could be compared to Florida. Their COVID-19 fatality rate in long term care is about half of ours.
Tony Bentley · May 18, 2020 at 9:31 am
United States estimated population of 329,227,746 as of January 28, 2020.
11 million tests conducted. We have a long way to go folks.
Truepat · May 18, 2020 at 6:28 am
From social media accounts, although other communities are acknowledging assisted living facilities having outbreaks, Fauquier definitely has issues at it's own assisted living facilities and should just admit it........
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