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March 25, 2020

Fauquier Hospital patient tests positive for COVID-19

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Fauquier Hospital on Tuesday had its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.
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A patient at Fauquier Hospital tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday.

“The patient was not a Fauquier County resident,” Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Wednesday afternoon.

The patient — who lives in an adjacent county — “was sent home with instructions to self-isolate,” Ms. Cubbage said.

Citing patient privacy, she refused to disclose that person’s gender or place of residence.

Technically, Fauquier County still had no confirmed case of coronavirus, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Virginia had 391 confirmed cases and nine deaths related to the virus as of Wednesday morning, according to the health department.

Four of Fauquier’s seven neighboring counties had confirmed cases:

• 34 in Prince William, including 2 in the City of Manassas.

• 20 in Loudoun.

• 6 in Stafford.

• 2 in Culpeper.

Ms. Cubbage would not disclose the number of tests conducted so far at Fauquier Hospital or the number of admitted patients. The hospital has 97 beds, with those on the fourth floor unoccupied as of Wednesday afternoon, she said.

Fauquier Health issued this statement at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday:

Fauquier Health is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors. At this time, after a coordinated testing effort with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), we can confirm that we have identified a patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Per the health department’s recommendation, the patient, who is not a Fauquier County resident, was sent home with instructions to self-isolate. VDH is currently monitoring the patient and ensuring the appropriate quarantining guidelines are followed.
We are continuing to work closely with our local health department and the VDH and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical teams who provided care for this patient and all those within our facility.
Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round.
We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or a family member needs care. We stand ready to serve you.
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badelectronics · March 26, 2020 at 10:10 am
Carol · March 26, 2020 at 9:53 am
When are or elected officials gonna DO THER JOB and build a WALL around STAFFORD COUNTY hm?
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