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March 25, 2020

Fauquier man in his 20s positive for COVID-19

This is the first case detected in a Fauquier County resident, and given the recent appearance of cases in neighboring counties, comes as no surprise.
— Dr. Wade Kartchner, regional health director
A Fauquier man in his 20s has tested positive for novel coronavirus, state health department officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Virginia Department of Health issued this press release at 3 p.m.:

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District announced that a resident of Fauquier County has tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient, a male in their 20s, had recent domestic travel to an area with sustained transmission. He is being treated as an outpatient while isolated from the general public. Health District staff will be contacting anyone identified as a close contact of this individual. Those identified will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days. To protect patient confidentiality no further information about the patient will be released.

“This is the first case detected in a Fauquier County resident, and given the recent appearance of cases in neighboring counties, comes as no surprise,” said Dr. Wade Kartchner, RRHD Health Director. “The recommendations in place yesterday still apply today. If you are 65 years or older, or if you have a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immune compromise, you should seriously consider staying at home. We all must do our part to protect ourselves, our neighbors, and the larger community, from this novel coronavirus. As we continue to see new cases of COVID-19, it is critical that people follow the public health guidelines on social distancing and good hygiene.”

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. 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, RRHD encourages the following effective behaviors:
• 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.
• If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor.

As the COVID-19 outbreak expands, recommendations may change. RRHD 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: This case is not yet reflected in the website dashboard, which is updated daily, with cases recorded by 5 p.m. the evening before.
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annoyed · March 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm
That's why they told everyone to STAY HOME. I have no sympathy for anyone travelling during Spring Break, becoming a potential carrier, and unknowingly passing it onto vulnerable people here. They need to tell everyone where this person has visited and at what times.
badelectronics · March 26, 2020 at 1:46 pm
@True. I'm with you.
Truepat · March 26, 2020 at 1:38 pm
badelectronics it appears the story has moved off the headlines over there....SMH This paper reports important issues for the public very quickly and I appreciate it....
Truepat · March 26, 2020 at 7:28 am
I just noticed, it wasn't easy to spot like Fauquier Nows article
badelectronics · March 26, 2020 at 7:09 am
Truepat · March 26, 2020 at 6:17 am
The Fauquier Times per usual has not reported this as far as I can tell on line....
FalconDad · March 25, 2020 at 7:57 pm
Just like other near by counties are reporting what schools etc. employees that have tested positive were working at. This is a no-brainer for people in the know to provide more information regarding infected local citizens. If he was a pizza delivery driver or someone with direct contact with others they better be telling us! Again the current HIPAA laws DO NOT prohibit healthcare, government or even the local news from providing more info.
Sonny Day · March 25, 2020 at 7:23 pm
Haha Mark you are right on that! This virus might not be as bad as other things you could be bringing home from spring break if you aren't careful. It's just this virus is easier to spread.
Concerned mom · March 25, 2020 at 7:19 pm
I think they need to start with testing the staff there. There are people sick with symptoms that work there an haven't been tested. Isnt that defeating the purpose if you have sick staff treating coming in contact with with people who may not be infected? If there staff shows symptoms they need to stay home until confirmed negative
silverbel · March 25, 2020 at 6:41 pm
I understand not identifying the resident by name, but for the sake of Fauquier County residents, won't it be prudent to at least give a general area and possible locations that person visited recently? Did he walk up to the counter and lean on it while ordering a big mac, stop at a 7/11, etc., that might possibly infect someone else?
badelectronics · March 25, 2020 at 5:35 pm
@FD: I'm pretty sure I agree with your interpretation. I have to believe that VDH has contact tracing under control.
FalconDad · March 25, 2020 at 4:16 pm
The current directive from Health and Human Services is “Health care providers may share PHI (protected health information) with anyone in order to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the public health and safety.” This overrides what I believe Fauquier health and local government considers the HIPPA law to be. I mean what if this man in his 20s was working at one of the local fast food drive-thrus?
Mark House · March 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Let's hope the domestic travel wasn't to the beach for Spring Break.
Sonny Day · March 25, 2020 at 3:33 pm
Not a surprise. "The patient, a male in their 20s, had recent domestic travel to an area with sustained transmission."

People need to start using some common sense in regards to travel plans, and maintain social distancing, and frequently wash their hands. Hopefully this guy had minimal contacts since he was exposed.

Savefauquiercounty2019 · March 25, 2020 at 3:26 pm
How many patients who were symptomatic of CV over the past month got tested in Fauquier County over the past 5 weeks? Every patient who had symptoms and was not tested should be contacted. Titers drawn to determine just how bad the spread has been. Not testing because patients did not have international travel was negligent.
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