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July 31, 2020

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Record COVID-19 testing


Setting a one-day record, the number of COVID-19 diagnostic tests that Piedmont Urgent Care in Warrenton conducted Thursday, July 30, according to Dr. Steve von Elten.

Of that total, 32 people had tested positive, Dr. von Elten said. That equates to 5.5 percent.

The previous one-day high for tests conducted totaled 489, Dr. von Elten said.

As of Thursday, the office at 493 Blackwell Road had tested more than 12,000 people from Fauquier and beyond since the program started April 7, he said.

It routinely tests 300 to 400 people per day, according to Dr. von Elten.

Under the program, people must wait in their vehicles while healthcare professionals collect samples with swabs.

It can take up to two hours for patients to receive test results. Testing takes place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


Miles per hour, the speed of an eastbound 2019 Dodge Challenger on Route 211 just outside of Warrenton on Sunday afternoon, according to the Fauquier sheriff’s office.

Deputy First Class Andrew Stribling stopped the car after it ran through radar and wrote the driver, Mason Fitzpatrick, 22, of Beaverton, Mich., a ticket for reckless driving.

The sheriff’s office described Mr. Fitzpatrick as “apologetic for his actions.” He has a September hearing in Fauquier County General District Court.

$1.2 million

The fees Fauquier’s school board will pay Stantec Architecture of Charlottesville for its work to design the expansion and renovation of Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton.

Estimated to cost $17.5 million, the project will add a dozen classrooms, expanding Cedar Lee’s capacity to 1,000 students. It also will include administration and gym additions, cafeteria expansion, security upgrades, bus loop and teacher parking expansions and relocation of visitor parking and the car rider loop. The construction will create an interior courtyard and a high canopy at the entrance facing Route 17, according the conceptual plan the school board approved Monday night.

Construction will begin next spring, with completion slated before schools open for the fall 2023 term.


Warrenton’s average high temperature in July, according to

The high temperature of 98 degrees occurred Monday, July 20.

The month had 20 days with temperatures of 90 degrees or higher.

As of Friday morning, July had produced 4.7 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., set a record in July, the first month with 28 days of high temperatures of 90 or more.


Pounds of produce that the Fauquier Education Farm had harvested and donated to area food banks as of July 17, Executive Director Jim Hankins.

That represents a 49 percent increase over 10,504 pounds of fruits and vegetables that the education farm had picked and given to food banks by the same time last year.

Mr. Hankins attributed the increased harvest to a newly installed electric fence that protects crops from deer.

“Having that has been a real game-changer,” he said.

Last year, the farm harvested 51,250 pounds of produce.

Established in 2010, the nonprofit operation donates its harvest to food banks in Fauquier, Rappahannock and Prince William.

The farm has about seven acres under cultivation along Meetze Road southeast of Warrenton.
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Linda Ward · July 31, 2020 at 5:22 pm
The Fauquier Education Farm is one of the best ideas that this county has planned and completed.
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