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September 15, 2020

Record 96 COVID-19 deaths reported Tuesday in Va.

Tuesday morning update from the Virginia Department of Health.
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• 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.

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The Virginia Department of Health on Tuesday morning reported 96 new COVID-19 deaths — the by far the highest one-day total since the pandemic began.

That doesn’t mean all of those fatalities occurred recently. Officials often take weeks or months to certify the cause of a death.

The department reported 57 deaths on May 28 — the previous single-day high.

Also Tuesday, VDH reported:

866 total cases in Fauquier County since the pandemic began — up 2 from Monday.

135,514 Virginia cases — up 943 since Monday. The total includes 129,259 confirmed and 6,255 “probable” infections.

2,839 deaths statewide — up 96 from Monday. Of the total fatalities, the health department classifies COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 2,691 and “probable” in 148.

1,785,553 diagnostic tests statewide — up 12,395 since Monday. Over the past seven days, 7.1 percent of those tests were positive.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled 10,337 as of Tuesday, up 113 since Monday.

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, 16,449 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 1,015 infected patients Tuesday — up 9 from Monday, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 17,464.

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.

Forty-six infected Fauquier patients — up 1 from Monday — have been hospitalized and 21 have died since the pandemic started.

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

• 1,167 cases (up 4), 91 hospitalizations (up 1) and 16 deaths (up 2) in Culpeper.

• 289 infections (up 3), 20 hospitalizations (up 1) and 4 deaths in Orange.

• 99 infections (up 3), 6 hospitalizations and 3 deaths (up 1) in Madison.

• 62 cases (up 2), 5 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Rappahannock.

The district has 46 COVID-19 deaths, and 168 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 31,424 diagnostic tests in the district so far, up 235 from Monday. Over the last seven days, 6.8 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 19,732 in Fairfax County — up 74 since Monday.

Prince William County, 11,765 — up 77.

Virginia Beach, 6,523 — up 41.

Loudoun County, 6,489 — up 40.

Chesterfield County, 5,593 — up 35.

Henrico County, 5,079 — up 11.

City of Norfolk, 4,676 — up 25.

City of Richmond, 4,363 — up 27.

City of Chesapeake, 4,096 — up 10.

Arlington County, 3,759 — up 18.

City of Alexandria, 3,615 — up 2.

City of Newport News, 3,591 — up 5.

City of Portsmouth, 2,424 — up 33.

City of Harrisonburg, 2,269 — up 85.

Spotsylvania County, 2,029 — up 16.
City of Manassas, 1,869 — up 5.

Stafford County, 1,872 — up 3.

City of Suffolk, 1,858 — up 16.

City of Hampton, 1,730 — up 7.

Montgomery County, 1,515 — up 28.

City of Roanoke, 1,394 — up 3.

Rockingham County, 1,294 — up 16.

City of Lynchburg, 1,207 — up 15.

Accomack County, 1,161 — unchanged.

Albemarle County, 1,140 — unchanged.

Nationwide as of Tuesday:

6,555,384 cases — up 34,778.

• 194,547 deaths — up 463.

• 2,474,570 have recovered — up 23,164.

• 89.6 million tests conducted — up about 790,000.

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pukaka · September 16, 2020 at 11:58 pm
I just joined the forum so there are so many things I don't know yet, I hope to have the help of the boards, and I really want to get to know you all on the forum. temple run
DougF · September 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm
Lind Ward -- In terms of excess deaths it's looking better than it's looked since the end of March. The US as a whole almost hit zero excess deaths the week of 8/29. The week of 9/5 it may have negative excess deaths. That's heartening news.

Virginia is a bit of a laggard in terms of excess deaths. That's an artifact of this state's strategy of virus suppression.

You can view CDC's excess deaths page at
Linda Ward · September 16, 2020 at 12:05 pm
DougF - It doesn't look good or any better no matter how you crunch the numbers.

evelynadam908 · September 16, 2020 at 3:10 am
Maybe some errors occur in this report, we bitter truth is we also don't care much, people not using a mask in public places, infact masks are easily available I every online store, I personally bought 2 packs from and they are so cheap and good quality, it's on us to take care of our loved ones from this deadly virus, we need to avoid going outside if wanna buy anything do prefer to buy from online stores because after following these precautions we can save our family.
DougF · September 15, 2020 at 12:46 pm
Unfortunately, the information provided by VDH is not very precise, and may be significantly in error. Consider that cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are nearly all determined by a positive rPCR test. That test does not tell us whether or not the test subject currently is infected. only looks for the virus' RNA. It reports positive if whether the virus is live, inert, dead, or in fragments.

Tests relying on culturing the virus have demonstrated significant differences with the rPCR. The New York Times reported 90% of rPCR tests is samples from three states showed a positive rPCR result, but insufficient viral load for the patient to infect anyone else. The Star Tribune reported Minnesota is about 50%.

What is the percentage for Virginia? We don't know because VDH does not tell us. Revealing the number is not difficult; it's related to the number of rPCR cycles. No virus has been cultured when the rPCR required over 34 cycles. It's very rare to have sufficient viral load to infect someone else when the cycle count is over 24.

Until VDH does disclose the cycle counts all of the numbers they provide are useful only as trends. The absolutes may be wrong by up to 90%.
Linda Ward · September 15, 2020 at 11:51 am
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women with covid-19 are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to need a ventilator than women who aren’t pregnant.

Nearly 21,000 pregnant women across the country had covid-19 between Jan. 22 and Sept. 8, according to the CDC, and 44 of them died."
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