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November 21, 2020

COVID-19 cases, deaths continue to climb in Va.

Fauquier cases total 1,337 since the pandemic started, up 5 Saturday.
We are logging more cases now than the district has seen since the onset of the pandemic.
— Dr. Wade Kartchner, health district medical director
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• Where: Piedmont Urgent Care, 493 Blackwell Road, Warrenton

• When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

• Process: Patients can 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.

• Phone: 540-347-5200

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

1,337 total cases in Fauquier since the pandemic began — up 5 from Friday morning’s report.

215,679 Virginia cases — up 2,348 since Friday. The total includes 193,754 confirmed and 21,925 “probable” infections.

3,938 deaths statewide — up 26 from Friday. Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 3,628 and “probable” in 310.

3,071,632 PCR diagnostic tests statewide — up 35,513 since Friday. Over the past seven days, 7.1 percent of those tests were positive, up slightly.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 14,017 as of Saturday, up 103 since Friday.

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, 23,053 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 1,507 infected patients Saturday, down 3 from Friday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 24,560.

Virginia hospitalizations for COVID-19 peaked at 1,625 patients on May 8.

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.

Sixty-seven infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and 27 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 1,872 cases (up 6), 105 hospitalizations and 19 deaths (down 1) in Culpeper.

• 518 infections (up 3), 32 hospitalizations and 7 deaths in Orange.

• 172 infections (up 2), 12 hospitalizations and 4 deaths in Madison.

• 75 cases (unchanged), 5 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 59 COVID-19 deaths, and 221 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 51,567 PCR tests in the district so far — up 490. Over the last seven days, 6.9 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, trending downward.

“We are logging more cases now than the district has seen since the onset of the pandemic,” Dr. Wade Kartchner, the district medical director, said Friday afternoon. “This can be disheartening for all of us, and I recognize my last few messages have been in that negative vein. In the midst of this pandemic it is easy to lose sight of the positive.

“The great vaccine news from Pfizer and Moderna needs to be highlighted. The early data is better than most predictions could have hoped for. The next steps in the process include an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA, and then the vaccines need to be approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Once this approval occurs, then the vaccine can be given to recipients in a planned, tiered rollout. The EUA should take a few weeks, and then the vaccine will be pre-positioned in anticipation of the ACIP approval, so it can be readily delivered once that occurs.”

Dr. Kartchner added: “My hope is that everyone might reflect this next week on the things that give us a sense of gratitude; we have so much to be thankful for in this nation, especially in this part of the country we call Virginia. We have suffered much during the pandemic, including loss of loved ones, jobs, education and some civility. Take some time to ponder those things that we do have, that make us fortunate and even blessed. In that spirit, once again, thanks for all you do.”

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 28,060 in Fairfax County — up 328 since Friday.

Prince William County, 16,724 — up 129.

Virginia Beach, 9,865 — up 149.

Loudoun County, 9,216 — up 67.

Chesterfield County, 8,540 — up 99.

Henrico County, 7,683 — up 79.

City of Richmond, 6,268 — up 53.

City of Norfolk, 6,178 — up 34.

City of Chesapeake, 5,856 — up 57.

Arlington County, 5,673 — up 70.

City of Alexandria, 4,882 — up 51.

City of Roanoke, 3,820 — up 48.

City of Newport News, 3,729 — up 41.

Montgomery County, 3,675 — up 94.

City of Harrisonburg, 3,347 — up 28.

City of Portsmouth, 3,067 — up 12.

Stafford County, 2,960 — up 38.

Spotsylvania County, 2,891 — up 31.

City of Suffolk, 2,602 — up 20.

City of Hampton, 2,534 — up 28.

Roanoke County, 2,500 — up 40.

City of Lynchburg, 2,469 — up 23.

City of Manassas, 2,197 — up 14.

Hanover County, 2,163 — up 24.

Rockingham County, 2,110 — up 47.

City of Charlottesville, 1,788 — up 11.

Albemarle County, 1,786 — up 19.

Frederick County, 1,759 — up 18.

Henry County, 1,712 — up 24.

Bedford County, 1,676 — up 16.

Pittsylvania County, 1,586 — up 19.

City of Danville, 1,506 — up 14.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 1,390 — up 25.

Prince George County, 1,361 — up 13.

Accomack County, 1,288 — up 6.

Shenandoah County, 1,279 — up 11.

Wise County, 1,114 — up 17.

City of Radford, 1,110 — up 15.

City of Petersburg, 1,037 — up 6.

Campbell County, 1,012 — up 6.

Nationwide as of Saturday morning:

11,922,422 cases — up 201,9087 from Friday morning.

• 254,473 deaths — up 1,909.

• 4,457,930 have recovered — up 47,221.

• 175.63 million tests conducted — up 1.92 million

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Melissa Beaty · November 27, 2020 at 7:32 am
this is what Fauquier updates about covid-19, we facing a fear of death on daily bases, such an update make me guilty when I saw loads of people fighting with coronavirus in hospitals, yeah it's not good our country people going to die every day and many causes hear to know some of them under hospitalization and some fighting with death, but here doctors recommended every one just to stay at home and follow up all precautions
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