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Posted on: July 28, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

COVID-19 Update

In our immediate area there have been a cumulative total of 3,099 positive cases in our Health District: Stafford has 1,214 cases, Spotsylvania 1,254, King George 119 and Caroline 174. Here in Fredericksburg the cases have increased to 338. We have increased 35 cases since the last reporting period in RAHD.  We have 50 deaths reported in the health district. The City of Fredericksburg has now reported two [2] deaths of city residents from COVID-19. The statistics on COVID-19 cases in Virginia are falling or flat in most areas of the Commonwealth except for a marked increase in cases in the Hampton Roads and Peninsula areas. Cases in the local health district are about flat. The rate of positives to tests is right at 4.4% in the Health District and right at 7.3% in the Commonwealth. There have been 22 outbreaks in the Health District. There are 21 positive patients currently in the hospital in our health district as of this morning.

The statistics for the Commonwealth are 1,056,148 tests conducted for the virus with 86,994 confirmed or probable for COVID-19.  We have had 7,686 persons hospitalized at the time of investigation at the state level. Unfortunately, we have had 2,095 Virginians die as a result of the viral infection known as COVID-19.

There were 4,398,944 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and of those 2,106,844 are active cases with 150,774 deaths resulting from total cases.

At his press conference today, Governor Northam announced additional restrictions of sales of alcohol, capacity of dine-in service at restaurants and diminished numbers for social gathering both inside and outside. This only affects the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, not the rest of the state.  This is due to the marked increase in cases and positive tests for COVID-19 in that region compared to other regions of the state. This is considered a preemptive measure to try and slow the spread of the virus in an area of the state that is seeing quite an increase in the disease.

Help prevent the spread:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer w/ at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a cloth and dispose of it.   If no cloth available, cough into the corner of your elbow area.
  • If you are sick or feel sick, stay home and isolate from friends and family to limit spread of any infection.
  • Also, please practice good social distancing of at least six [6] feet from others if possible.
  • Also the wearing of a facing covering is highly recommended to help protect others from contracting the virus.

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