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July 31, 2020

No new COVID-19 cases reported in Fauquier

The state reported 33 new deaths Friday, the highest one-day total since May 11.
I have great expectations that an effective and safe vaccine will become available by the end of this year or early next year. As I have said before, I expect a return to our previous normal in the next year or so, without masks and distancing. I envision a world where this vaccine becomes part of our normal routine, just as the yearly flu vaccine is.
— Dr. Wade Kartchner, district health director
Curbside Testing
• 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

• COVID questions: 540-316-6302 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Friday morning COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health:

571 total cases in Fauquier County since the pandemic began — unchanged from Thursday.

89,888 Virginia cases — up 984 since Thursday. The total includes 86,501 confirmed and 3,387 “probable” infections.

2,174 deaths statewide — up 33 from Thursday. Of the fatalities, the health department classified COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 2,067 and “probable” in 107.

1,107,360 diagnostic tests statewide — up 15,745 since Thursday. Over the past seven days, 7.2 percent of those tests were positive.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 7,866 as of Friday, up 80 since Thursday.

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, 11,937 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 1,334 infected patients Thursday — down 23 from Thursday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 13,271.

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.

Thirty-four infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and 8 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 942 cases, 73 hospitalizations and 12 deaths in Culpeper.

• 207 infections, 16 hospitalizations and 3 deaths in Orange.

• 60 infections, 5 hospitalizations and 1 death in Madison.

• 40 cases and 4 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 26 COVID-19 deaths, and 132 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 21,594 diagnostic tests in the district so far, up 189 from Thursday. Over the last seven days, 4.3 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive, trending downward.

Dr. Wade Kartchner, the district health director, issued this update Friday morning:

“How will this pandemic play out from here? I am asked this question constantly — friends, family, co-workers, local government leaders, and the public all want to know what the future holds.

“The short answer is that none one really knows. No one could have predicted our current situation. It will be difficult to predict what will occur in the short-term.

“I am more confident in a prediction for the longer-term future. I have great expectations that an effective and safe vaccine will become available by the end of this year or early next year.

“As I have said before, I expect a return to our previous normal in the next year or so, without masks and distancing. I envision a world where this vaccine becomes part of our normal routine, just as the yearly flu vaccine is.

“I’m thankful for all that everyone in the district does to keep each other safe. I understand the political and social opinions that divide us in our current environment, but am confident in the inherent goodness of people to watch out for each other.”

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 15,616 in Fairfax County — up 10 since Thursday.

Prince William County, 8,838.

Loudoun County, 4,995.

Virginia Beach, 4,055.

Chesterfield County, 3,937.

Henrico County, 3,541.

City of Norfolk, 3,180.

Arlington County, 2,897.

City of Richmond, 2,893.

City of Alexandria, 2,798.

City of Chesapeake, 2,450.

City of Manassas, 1,604.

City of Newport News, 1,573.

City of Portsmouth, 1,462.

Spotsylvania County, 1,305.

Stafford County, 1,243.

Accomack County, 1,074.

City of Harrisonburg, 1,039.

City of Suffolk, 1,034.

City of Hampton, 1,007.

Rockingham County, 890.

City of Roanoke, 814.

Albemarle County, 735.

Shenandoah County, 667.

Frederick County, 651.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 645.

Buckingham County, 593.

Hanover County, 584.

City of Manassas Park, 497.

Henry County, 477.

City of Charlottesville, 466.

City of Petersburg, 442.

Roanoke County, 430.

City of Lynchburg, 429.

Greensville County, 417.

City of Winchester, 391.

City of Fredericksburg, 348.

Warren County, 348.

City of Galax, 331.

Page County, 330.

Prince George County, 329.

Isle of Wight County, 325.

Prince Edward County, 323.

Richmond County, 316.

Pittsylvania County, 316.

Carroll County, 307.

Mecklenburg County, 303.

York County, 301.

City of Danville, 300.

Northampton County, 292.

Bedford County, 286.

Sussex County, 276.

Montgomery County, 273.

City of Hopewell, 254.

Augusta County, 249.

Southampton County, 234.

Brunswick County, 197.

Dinwiddie County, 197.

Westmoreland County, 193.

Botetourt County, 185.

Caroline County, 183.

City of Colonial Heights, 178.

Fluvanna County, 173.

Nottoway County, 172.

Washington County, 170.

City of Waynesboro, 166.

Louisa County, 165.

City of Emporia, 163.

City of Martinsville, 159.

Franklin County, 151.

Goochland County, 150.

Campbell County, 144.

Gloucester County, 141.

City of Staunton, 140.

Greene County, 134.

City of Salem, 131.

Halifax County, 130.

Grayson County, 128.

King George County, 122.

Powhatan County, 122.

City of Franklin, 119.

New Kent County, 115.

Patrick County, 108.

Smyth County, 107.

Amherst County, 105.

Nationwide as of Monday:

4,496,737 cases.

• 152,074 deaths.

• 1,414,155 have recovered.

• 54.6 million tests conducted.

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