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In Fauquier County, 61 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 81. As of Jan. 26, 11,864 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 26, Virginia recorded 11,126 new cases of COVID-19. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,503,119 total reported cases (430,420 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 11,891; yesterday it was 12,084.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 2,521 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 4,149 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 118,971 cases in children younger than 10; 191,355 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 26, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 29.1%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 33.6%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 29%.

Deaths

In Fauquier County, three new COVID-related deaths were reported Jan. 26. Four were recorded yesterday. There have been a total of 107 COVID deaths in Fauquier.

In the state today, the VDH reported 50 COVID-related deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 16,052 (2,647 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 31. The seven-day average on Friday, Jan. 21 was seven.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 315 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 135 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 88 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 53 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 39 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one child between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, eight children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19. The latest death in that age group was reported today. The child lived in the northwest health planning district. Ten children in the state  between 10 to 19 have died.

The VDH website stated earlier this month that there would be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier reported four new COVID-19 hospitalizations today and six yesterday. Since Jan. 19 -- when there were six new hospitalizations recorded -- there have been a total of 31.

Sarah Cubbage, spokeswoman for Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 25 that after several weeks of treating more than 20 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, that number has dropped below 20. She said, "We hope to continue seeing that decline. It will rely heavily on masking, hand hygiene, social distancing, vaccinations (boosting) – and of course, having community members contact their primary care as soon as they start exhibiting symptoms – rather than waiting until they are severe. Primary care providers can help follow their care, they know their patients’ health journeys, and can give good recommendations."

The county is averaging three hospitalizations a day. Fauquier has counted 434 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 78 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August.

Today, Jan. 26, 131 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 47,398 (2,644 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 110 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days, down from 154 on Friday.

In Wednesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 977 people hospitalized, 182 have been older than 80 years old; 186 have been 70 to 79 years old; 194 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 176 have been between 50 and 59. Two hundred and thirty-nine have been younger than 50.

In the health district, 12 children younger than 10 and 19 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. Two children younger than 10 have been added to that list in the last three days. In the state, 923 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 1,086 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 26 states that 3,510 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, almost 100 fewer than yesterday. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations is 3,693.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 26 is 588. Three hundred and sixty-one COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support – 27 fewer than yesterday.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 88,374 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 47,267.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 26, there were 170 active cases of COVID-19 in the school division (55 fewer than yesterday) 107 in students and 63 in staff. Cases stay on the active list for 10 days.

Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 850 cases of COVID-19, 589 in students and 250 in staff.

No one is currently quarantining. The school division voted Jan. 21 to do away with quarantining students or staff who have had close contacts with positive cases of COVID.

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 22 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19; 1 on Jan. 21; 7 on Jan. 24; 1 on Jan. 25) 16 active cases
  • 1 case at Bradley Elementary (1 on Jan. 24)
  • 17 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13; 10 on Jan. 19; 3 on Jan. 21; 2 on Jan. 25) 15 active cases
  • 3 cases at Cedar Lee Middle School (1 on Jan. 21; 2 on Jan. 25) 2 active cases
  • 12 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12; 6 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24; 3 on Jan. 25) 10 active cases
  • 11 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 2 on Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19; 1 on Jan. 25) 8 active cases
  • 15 cases at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 8 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21; 3 on Jan. 24; 1 on Jan. 25) 14 active cases
  • 16 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13; 4 on Jan. 14; 5 on Jan. 21; 4 on Jan. 24; 1 on Jan. 25) 10 active cases
  • 11 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 21; 6 on Jan. 24) 8 active cases
  • 4 cases at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21) 1 active case
  • 4 cases at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 3 on Jan. 21) 3 active cases
  • 10 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13; 5 on Jan. 24) 5 active cases
  • 6 cases at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24) 1 active case
  • 1 case at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Jan. 21)
  • 10 cases at Taylor Middle School (1 on Jan. 14; 4 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21; 3 on Jan. 24) 9 active cases
  • 9 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14; 3 on Jan. 24) 1 active case
  • 5 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19) 2 active cases

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 17 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14; 10 on Jan. 21; 2 on Jan. 24) 12 active cases
  • 2 at Auburn Middle (1 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 2 at Bradley Elementary (2 on Jan. 25)
  • 8 at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 14; 5 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 25) 6 active cases
  • 3 at Cedar Lee Middle (3 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12) no active cases
  • 8 at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19; 3 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 25) 6 active cases
  • 3 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14) no active cases
  • 4 at Kettle Run High School (1 reported on Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24; 1 on Jan. 25) 3 active cases
  • 5 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21) 3 active cases
  • 7 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14; 3 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24; 1 on Jan. 25) 5 active cases
  • 1 at Miller Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14) no active cases
  • 2 at Pearson Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21) 1 active case
  • 2 at Pierce Elementary (2 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12) no active cases
  • 10 at Smith Elementary (2 reported Jan. 19; 7 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 4 at Taylor Middle (2 reported Jan. 19; 1 on Jan. 24; 1 on Jan. 25)
  • 1 at Claude Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 21)
  • 2 at Mary Walter Elementary (2 reported on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Warrenton Middle (1 reported on Jan. 21)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

Outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the RRHD were reported on Jan. 20, 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Four Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress."

An outbreak at Brookside Rehab & Nursing Center, Oak Springs first appeared on the list of affected facilities today. VDH was notified of the outbreak on Jan. 11 and 32 cases are being reported there. On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with nine cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 43 cases. In Orange County, Dogwood Village reported an outbreak Jan. 12, with 36 cases and in Madison, 22 cases are being reported at Autumn Care of Madison. That outbreak was reported Dec. 28, 2021.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 76 outbreaks in long-term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 76 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

There have been a total of 78 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 34 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,257.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,647 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 43,592 cases and 4,689 deaths); 2,320 outbreaks in congregate settings; 366 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 268 in correctional facilities; 176 in college settings; 618 in childcare settings and 1,245 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 26, there have been a total of 6,640 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 26, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 856 this morning; that’s 72 cases per 100,000 lower than yesterday. The percent positivity is at 29%. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 15, there have been 124,042 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (2.1% of vaccinated people); 3,481 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.06% of vaccinated people), and there have been 1,046 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.018% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.5 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

Data provided below is from Jan. 24.

As of Jan. 24, 14,604,770 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.6% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 90% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.7% are fully vaccinated.

An average 14,888 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state. The number of vaccinations per day has been dropping dramatically since Jan. 12, when the average was 27,834.

Thus far, about 74.8% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.8% are fully vaccinated (26.6% have received a booster shot). About 87% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.2%. About 33.6% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 53.5% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (44.6% are fully vaccinated, 4.9% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 90% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.7% fully vaccinated, 34.7% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.8% have received at least one dose (87% fully vaccinated, 59% have received a booster).

About 45.7% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (38.4% fully vaccinated, 3.9% have had boosters); 80.2% of those 18 and older (71.8% fully vaccinated, 33.8% have had boosters) and 94.7% of those 65 and older (84% fully vaccinated, 58.2% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.8% have received one dose; 73% are fully vaccinated and 29.6% have received a booster shot. 88.5% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.5% are fully vaccinated and 32.6% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.8% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.6% are fully vaccinated and 28.2% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.5% have received one dose, 70.3% are fully vaccinated and 31.2% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

TUESDAY, JAN. 25: In Fauquier County, 90 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 91. As of Jan. 25, 11,803 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 25, Virginia recorded 10,699 new cases of COVID-19. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,491,993 total reported cases (426,441 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 12,084.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 2,495 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 4,110 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 117,625 cases in children younger than 10; 189,984 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 25, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 29.5%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 33.7%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 30%.

Deaths

In Fauquier County, four new COVID-related deaths were reported Jan. 25. One was reported Jan. 20, after three were reported the day before. The total number of deaths in Fauquier is 104.

In the state today, the VDH reported 54 COVID-related deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 16,002 (2,641 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 26. The seven-day average on Friday, Jan. 21 was seven.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 307 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 132 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 85 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 52 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 37 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

The VDH website stated earlier this month that there would be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier reported six new COVID-19 hospitalizations today, after reporting six between Friday and Monday.

Sarah Cubbage, spokeswoman for Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 25 that after several weeks of treating more than 20 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, that numer has dropped below 20. She said, "We hope to continue seeing that decline. It will rely heavily on masking, hand hygiene, social distancing, vaccinations (boosting) – and of course, having community members contact their primary care as soon as they start exhibiting symptoms – rather than waiting until they are severe. Primary care providers can help follow their care, they know their patients health journeys, and can give good recommendations."

The county is now averaging four hospitalizations a day. Fauquier has counted 430 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 74 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August.

Today, Jan. 25, 88 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 47,267 (2,641 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 115 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days, down from 154 on Friday.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 970 people hospitalized, 179 have been older than 80 years old; 184 have been 70 to 79 years old; 193 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 175 have been between 50 and 59. Two hundred and thirty-nine have been younger than 50.

In the health district, 12 children younger than 10 and 19 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. Two children younger than 10 have been added to that list in the last two days. In the state, 917 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 1,084 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Monday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 25 states that 3,603 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 45 fewer than yesterday. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations is 3,754.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 25 is 604. Three hundred and fifty-nine COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support – 27 fewer than yesterday.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 87,909 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 47,267.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 25, there were 225 active cases of COVID-19 in the school division (41 more than yesterday), 148 in students and 77 in staff. Student numbers rose by 34 since yesterday and staff numbers rose by seven. Cases stay on the active list for 10 days.

Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 832 cases of COVID-19, 589 in students and 243 in staff.

As of Jan. 20, there were 365 people in quarantine because of exposure to people with COVID-19, 361 students and four staff members (as of Jan. 13). The school division voted Jan. 21 to do away with quarantining students who have had close contacts with positive cases of COVID.

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 21 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19; 1 on Jan. 21; 7 on Jan. 24)
  • 1 case at Bradley Elementary (1 on Jan. 24)
  • 15 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13; 10 on Jan. 19; 3 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 case at Cedar Lee Middle School (1 on Jan. 21)
  • 9 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12; 6 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 12 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 2 on Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19)
  • 14 cases at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 8 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21; 3 on Jan. 24)
  • 15 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13; 4 on Jan. 14; 5 on Jan. 21; 4 on Jan. 24)
  • 11 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 21; 6 on Jan. 24)
  • 4 cases at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21)
  • 4 cases at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 3 on Jan. 21)
  • 10 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13; 5 on Jan. 24)
  • 6 cases at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 1 case at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Jan. 21)
  • 10 cases at Taylor Middle School (1 on Jan. 14; 4 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21; 3 on Jan. 24)
  • 9 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14; 3 on Jan. 24)
  • 5 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 17 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14; 10 on Jan. 21; 2 on Jan. 24)
  • 2 at Auburn Middle (1 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 7 at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 14; 5 on Jan. 21)
  • 3 at Cedar Lee Middle (3 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 7 at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19; 3 on Jan. 21)
  • 3 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 3 at Kettle Run High School (1 reported on Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 5 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21)
  • 6 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14; 3 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 1 at Miller Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Pearson Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21)
  • 2 at Pierce Elementary (2 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 10 at Smith Elementary (2 reported Jan. 19; 7 on Jan. 21; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 3 at Taylor Middle (2 reported Jan. 19; 1 on Jan. 24)
  • 1 at Claude Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 21)
  • 2 at Mary Walter Elementary (2 reported on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Warrenton Middle (1 reported on Jan. 21)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported Jan. 20 in a long-term care facility in the RRHD. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the RRHD were also reported on Jan. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Four Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress."

An outbreak at Brookside Rehab & Nursing Center, Oak Springs first appeared on the list of affected facilities today. VDH was notified of the outbreak on Jan. 11 and 32 cases are being reported there.

On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with nine cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 43 cases. In Orange County, Dogwood Village reported an outbreak Jan. 12, with 36 cases and in Madison, 22 cases are being reported at Autumn Care of Madison. That outbreak was reported Dec. 28, 2021.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 76 outbreaks in long-term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 76 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

There have been a total of 78 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 34 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,254.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,638 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 43,138 cases and 4,685 deaths); 2,314 outbreaks in congregate settings; 363 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 267 in correctional facilities; 176 in college settings; 614 in childcare settings and 1,235 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 25, there have been a total of 6,607 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 25, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 928 this morning; it has been on a downward trend. The percent positivity is at 30%. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 15, there have been 124,042 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (2.1% of vaccinated people); 3,481 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.06% of vaccinated people), and there have been 1,046 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.018% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.5 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

Data provided below is from Jan. 24.

As of Jan. 24, 14,604,770 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.6% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 90% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.7% are fully vaccinated.

An average 14,888 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state. The number of vaccinations per day has been dropping dramatically since Jan. 12, when the average was 27,834.

Thus far, about 74.8% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.8% are fully vaccinated (26.6% have received a booster shot). About 87% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.2%. About 33.6% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 53.5% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (44.6% are fully vaccinated, 4.9% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 90% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.7% fully vaccinated, 34.7% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.8% have received at least one dose (87% fully vaccinated, 59% have received a booster).

About 45.7% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (38.4% fully vaccinated, 3.9% have had boosters); 80.2% of those 18 and older (71.8% fully vaccinated, 33.8% have had boosters) and 94.7% of those 65 and older (84% fully vaccinated, 58.2% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.8% have received one dose; 73% are fully vaccinated and 29.6% have received a booster shot. 88.5% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.5% are fully vaccinated and 32.6% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.8% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.6% are fully vaccinated and 28.2% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.5% have received one dose, 70.3% are fully vaccinated and 31.2% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

MONDAY, JAN. 24: In Fauquier County, 67 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning; 100 were recorded Saturday and 59 on Sunday. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 87. As of Jan. 24, 11,713 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 24, Virginia recorded 7,155 new cases of COVID-19, 13,118 on Saturday and 9,308 on Sunday. The highest number of new cases ever – 26,175 -- was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,481,294 total reported cases (422,806 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 12,020.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 2,469 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 4,077 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 116,204 cases in children younger than 10; 188,597 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 24, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 29.8%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 33.5%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 32%.

Deaths

In Fauquier County, a new COVID-related death was reported Jan. 20, after three were reported the day before. The total number of deaths in Fauquier is 100.

In the state today, the VDH reported 29 COVID-related deaths; on Saturday, 39 were reported and on Sunday there were 29. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,948 (2,633 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 19. The seven-day average on Friday was seven.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 300 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 130 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 50 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 37 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

The VDH website stated earlier this month that there would be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier has reported six new COVID-19 hospitalizations since Friday – three on Saturday, one on Sunday and two today.

The county is once again averaging three hospitalizations a day. Fauquier has counted 424 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 68 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

The CDC updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August.

Today, Jan. 24, 72 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. One hundred and twelve were reported Saturday and 89 on Sunday. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 47,179 (2,637 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 120 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days, down from 154 on Friday.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 962 people hospitalized, 177 have been older than 80 years old; 183 have been 70 to 79 years old; 192 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 175 have been between 50 and 59. Two hundred and thirty-five have been younger than 50.

In the health district, 11 children younger than 10 and 19 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 918 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 1,078 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Sunday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 24 states that 3,648 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, about 200 fewer than on Friday. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations is 3,804.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 24 is 601. Three hundred and eighty-six COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 87,619 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 47,179.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 24, there were 184 active cases of COVID-19 in the school division (71 more than on Friday morning), 114 in students and 70 in staff. Student numbers rose by 29 since Friday and staff numbers jumped by 42. School was closed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday last week. Cases stay on the active list for 10 days.

Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 791 cases of COVID-19, 555 in students and 236 in staff.

As of Jan. 20, there were 365 people in quarantine because of exposure to people with COVID-19, 361 students and four staff members (as of Jan. 13). The school division voted Jan. 21 to do away with quarantining students who have had close contacts with positive cases of COVID.

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 14 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19; 1 on Jan. 21)
  • 15 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13; 10 on Jan. 19; 3 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 case at Cedar Lee Middle School (1 on Jan. 21)
  • 8 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12; 6 on Jan. 21)
  • 12 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 2 on Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19)
  • 11 cases at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 8 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21)
  • 11 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13; 4 on Jan. 14; 5 on Jan. 21)
  • 5 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 21)
  • 4 cases at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21)
  • 4 cases at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 3 on Jan. 21)
  • 5 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 5 cases at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 case at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Jan. 21)
  • 7 cases at Taylor Middle School (1 on Jan. 14; 4 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21)
  • 6 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 5 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 15 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14; 10 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Auburn Middle (1 on Jan. 21)
  • 7 at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 14; 5 on Jan. 21)
  • 3 at Cedar Lee Middle (3 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 7 at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19; 3 on Jan. 21)
  • 3 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Kettle Run High School (1 reported on Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21)
  • 5 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 19; 2 on Jan. 21)
  • 5 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14; 3 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Miller Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Pearson Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14; 1 on Jan. 21)
  • 2 at Pierce Elementary (2 on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)
  • 9 at Smith Elementary (2 reported Jan. 19; 7 on Jan. 21)
  • 2 at Taylor Middle (2 reported Jan. 19)
  • 1 at Claude Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 21)
  • 2 at Mary Walter Elementary (2 reported on Jan. 21)
  • 1 at Warrenton Middle (1 reported on Jan. 21)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported Jan. 20 in a long-term care facility in the RRHD. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the RRHD were also reported on Jan. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Four Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress."

An outbreak at Brookside Rehab & Nursing Center, Oak Springs first appeared on the list of affected facilities today. VDH was notified of the outbreak on Jan. 11 and 32 cases are being reported there.

On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with nine cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 43 cases. In Orange County, Dogwood Village reported an outbreak Jan. 12, with 36 cases and in Madison, 22 cases are being reported at Autumn Care of Madison. That outbreak was reported Dec. 28, 2021.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 76 outbreaks in long-term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 76 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

There have been a total of 78 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 34 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,244, 22 more cases than on Friday.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,630 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 42,730 cases and 4,683 deaths); 2,324 outbreaks in congregate settings; 363 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 266 in correctional facilities; 176 in college settings; 609 in childcare settings and 1,224 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 24, there have been a total of 6,580 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, 40 more than on Friday.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 24, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 928 this morning; it has been on a downward trend. The percent positivity is at 32%. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 15, there have been 124,042 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (2.1% of vaccinated people); 3,481 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.06% of vaccinated people), and there have been 1,046 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.018% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.5 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

As of Jan. 24, 14,604,770 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.6% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 90% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.7% are fully vaccinated.

An average 14,888 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state. The number of vaccinations per day has been dropping dramatically since Jan. 12, when the average was 27,834.

Thus far, about 74.8% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.8% are fully vaccinated (26.6% have received a booster shot). About 87% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.2%. About 33.6% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 53.5% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (44.6% are fully vaccinated, 4.9% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 90% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.7% fully vaccinated, 34.7% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.8% have received at least one dose (87% fully vaccinated, 59% have received a booster).

About 45.7% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (38.4% fully vaccinated, 3.9% have had boosters); 80.2% of those 18 and older (71.8% fully vaccinated, 33.8% have had boosters) and 94.7% of those 65 and older (84% fully vaccinated, 58.2% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.8% have received one dose; 73% are fully vaccinated and 29.6% have received a booster shot. 88.5% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.5% are fully vaccinated and 32.6% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.8% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.6% are fully vaccinated and 28.2% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.5% have received one dose, 70.3% are fully vaccinated and 31.2% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

FRIDAY, JAN. 21: In Fauquier County, 97 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 94. As of Jan. 21, 11,487 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 21, Virginia recorded 17,027 new cases of COVID-19. The highest number of new cases ever – 26,175 -- was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,451,713 total reported cases (414,691 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 14,328.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 2,383 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,980 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 112,577 cases in children younger than 10; 184,638 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 21, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 30.9%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 34.9%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 33%.

Deaths

In Fauquier County, a new COVID-related death was reported yesterday, after three were reported Wednesday. The total number of deaths in Fauquier is 100.

In the state today, the VDH reported one fewer COVID-related deaths in the state than yesterday. (Sometimes as the VDH reevaluates individual patients’ deaths, it makes adjustments to the total number.) The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,852 (2,620 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is seven.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 298 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 129 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 49 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 37 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

The VDH website stated earlier this month that there would be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier reported two new COVID-19 hospitalizations today, four yesterday and nine on Wednesday. The county is once again averaging three hospitalizations a day. Fauquier has counted 418 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 62 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

The CDC updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August.

Today, Jan. 21, 131 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,906 (2,621 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 154 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 950 people hospitalized, 176 have been older than 80 years old; 183 have been 70 to 79 years old; 188 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 172 have been between 50 and 59. Two hundred and thirty-one have been younger than 50.

In the health district, 10 children younger than 10 and 18 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 897 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 1,063 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Thursday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 21 states that 3,836 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 32 fewer than yesterday and about 100 fewer than Wednesday. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations is 3,870.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 21 is 632. Three hundred and eighty-seven COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 86,681 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,906.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 21, there were 113 active cases of COVID-19 in the school division, 85 students and 28 staff. The active case number represents 47 more active cases than were reported in  the last update Jan. 14. School was closed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Cases stay on the active list for 10 days.

Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 720 cases of COVID-19, 525 in students and 195 in students.

As of Jan. 20, there were 365 people in quarantine because of exposure to people with COVID-19, 361 students and four staff members (as of Jan. 13).

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 13 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19)
  • 12 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13; 10 on Jan. 19)
  • 2 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 12 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 2 on Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19)
  • 9 cases at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 8 on Jan. 19)
  • 6 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13; 4 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 case at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 5 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 3 cases at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 19)
  • 5 cases at Taylor Middle School (1 on Jan. 14; 4 on Jan. 19)
  • 6 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 5 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 5 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 3 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 4 at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19)
  • 1 at Kettle Run High School (1 reported on Jan. 14)
  • 3 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 19)
  • 2 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Miller Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Pearson Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)
  • 2 at Smith Elementary (2 reported Jan. 19)
  • 2 at Taylor Middle (2 reported Jan. 19)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported yesterday in a long-term care facility in the RRHD. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the RRHD were also reported on Jan. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Four Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress."

An outbreak at Brookside Rehab & Nursing Center, Oak Springs first appeared on the list of affected facilities today. VDH was notified of the outbreak on Jan. 11 and 32 cases are being reported there.

On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with nine cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 43 cases. In Orange County, Dogwood Village reported an outbreak Jan. 12, with 36 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 76 outbreaks in long-term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 76 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

There have been a total of 78 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 34 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,222, 52 more cases than yesterday.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,621 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 42,243 cases and 4,677 deaths); 2,308 outbreaks in congregate settings; 359 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 264 in correctional facilities; 175 in college settings; 605 in childcare settings and 1,208 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 21, there have been a total of 6,540 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 21, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,002 this morning, down from 1,300 last week. The percent positivity is at 33%. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 15, there have been 124,042 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (2.1% of vaccinated people); 3,481 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.06% of vaccinated people), and there have been 1,046 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.018% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.5 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

As of Jan. 21, 14,540,829 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.8% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.6% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.9% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.7% are fully vaccinated.

An average 20,915 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74.7% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.8% are fully vaccinated (26.4% have received a booster shot). About 86.9% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.2%. About 33.5% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 53.2% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (44.3% are fully vaccinated, 4.8% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.9% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.7% fully vaccinated, 34.1% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.8% have received at least one dose (87% fully vaccinated, 58.6% have received a booster).

About 45.5% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (38.2% fully vaccinated, 3.7% have had boosters); 80.1% of those 18 and older (71.8% fully vaccinated, 33.5% have had boosters) and 94.6% of those 65 and older (84% fully vaccinated, 58% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.7% have received one dose; 72.9% are fully vaccinated and 29.4% have received a booster shot. 88.5% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.4% are fully vaccinated and 32.3% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.7% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.6% are fully vaccinated and 28% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.4% have received one dose, 70.3% are fully vaccinated and 31% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

THURSDAY, JAN. 20: In Fauquier County, 93 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 95. As of Jan. 20, 11,390 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 20, Virginia recorded 14,803 new cases of COVID-19. The highest number of new cases ever – 26,175 -- was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,434,686 total reported cases (409,653 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 14,355, about 600 fewer than yesterday.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 2,337 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,918 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 110,372 cases in children younger than 10; 182,129 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 20, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 31.6%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 34.7%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 33%.

Deaths

In Fauquier County, a new death was reported today, after three were reported yesterday. The total number of deaths in Fauquier is 100.

In the state today, the VDH reported 18 new COVID-related deaths in the state. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,853 (2,620 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 10.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 298 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 129 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 49 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 37 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

The VDH website stated earlier this month that there would be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier reported nine new COVID-19 hospitalizations yesterday and four more today. The county is once again averaging three hospitalizations a day. Fauquier has counted 416 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 60 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

The CDC updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August.

Today, Jan. 20, 148 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,775 (2,617 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 168 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Thursday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 947 people hospitalized, 175 have been older than 80 years old; 182 have been 70 to 79 years old; 188 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 172 have been between 50 and 59. Two hundred and thirty have been younger than 50.

In the health district, 10 children younger than 10 and 17 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 880 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 1,062 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 20 states that 3,868 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 fewer than yesterday. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations is 3,871. Today is the first day since late November that hospitalizations are not continuing to rise.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 20 is 635. Three hundred and eighty-eight COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 86,282 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,775.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 20, there were 113 active cases of COVID-19 in the school division, 85 students and 28 staff. The active case number represents 47 more active cases than were reported in  the last update Jan. 14. School was closed Monday and Tuesday of this week but were open yesterday. Cases stay on the active list for 10 days.

Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 720 cases of COVID-19, 525 in students and 195 in students.

As of Jan. 13, there were 361 people in quarantine because of exposure to people with COVID-19, 361 students and four staff members.

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 13 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19)
  • 12 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13; 10 on Jan. 19)
  • 2 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 12 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 2 on Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14; 7 on Jan. 19)
  • 9 cases at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 8 on Jan. 19)
  • 6 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13; 4 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 case at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 5 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 3 cases at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 19)
  • 5 cases at Taylor Middle School (1 on Jan. 14; 4 on Jan. 19)
  • 6 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 5 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 5 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 3 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 4 at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 14; 2 on Jan. 19)
  • 1 at Kettle Run High School (1 reported on Jan. 14)
  • 3 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 19)
  • 2 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Miller Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Pearson Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)
  • 2 at Smith Elementary (2 reported Jan. 19)
  • 2 at Taylor Middle (2 reported Jan. 19)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported today in a long-term care facility in the RRHD. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the RRHD were also reported on Jan. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Three Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress" -- On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with five cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 35 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 73 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 73 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long term care facilities.

There have been a total of 78 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 34 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,170.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,607 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 41,803 cases and 4,677 deaths); 2,305 outbreaks in congregate settings; 357 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 264 in correctional facilities; 175 in college settings; 603 in childcare settings and 1,201 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 20, there have been a total of 6,513 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 20, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 988 this morning, down from 1,300 last week. The percent positivity is at 33%. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 8, there have been 110,185 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.9% of vaccinated people); 3,059 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.053% of vaccinated people), and there have been 999 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.4 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

The data provided here is from Jan. 18.

As of Jan. 18, 14,487,389 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.4% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.8% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.6% are fully vaccinated.

An average 27,608 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74.6% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.7% are fully vaccinated (26% have received a booster shot). About 86.8% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.1%. About 33.2% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 52.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (43.9% are fully vaccinated, 4.4% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.8% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.6% fully vaccinated, 34.1% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.7% have received at least one dose (86.9% fully vaccinated, 58.6% have received a booster).

About 45.2% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (38% fully vaccinated, 3.3% have had boosters); 80% of those 18 and older (71.7% fully vaccinated, 33.2% have had boosters) and 94.6% of those 65 and older (84% fully vaccinated, 57.7% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.5% have received one dose; 72.7% are fully vaccinated and 29.1% have received a booster shot. 88.3% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.3% are fully vaccinated and 34% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.6% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.5% are fully vaccinated and 27.7% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.3% have received one dose, 70.2% are fully vaccinated and 30.6% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19: In Fauquier County, 132 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 102. As of Jan. 19, 11,297 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 19, Virginia recorded 12,480 new cases of COVID-19. The highest number of new cases ever – 26,175, was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,419,883 total reported cases (403,997 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 14,947.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 2,297 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,875 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 108,642 cases in children younger than 10; 180,037 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 19, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 32%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 35.3%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 34%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported three new COVID-19 deaths Jan. 19. The county also reported new deaths on Jan. 12 and Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22, 28 and 29; there have been 99 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 297 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 128 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 49 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 37 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Today, the VDH reported 13 new COVID-related deaths in the state. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,835 (2,617 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 12.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier reported nine new COVID-19 hospitalizations today. The county is once again averaging three hospitalizations a day. Fauquier has counted 412 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 56 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

The CDC updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August.

Today, Jan. 19, 163 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,627 (2,607 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 179 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Wednesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 941 people hospitalized, 172 have been older than 80 years old; 181 have been 70 to 79 years old; 188 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 172 have been between 50 and 59. Two hundred and twenty-eight have been younger than 50.

In the health district, 10 children younger than 10 and 17 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 880 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 1,062 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 19 states that 3,942 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (3,875) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11. The average is higher than it has ever been.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 18 is 655. Three hundred and eighty-five COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 85,834 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,627.

Fauquier County School Division

In the first week back in school after winter break, there were 66 cases of COVID-19 reported, 45 in students and 21 in staff. All 66 are currently “active” cases. Cases stay on the active list for 10 days. Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 673 cases of COVID-19, 485 in students and 188 in students.

As of Jan. 13, there were 361 people in quarantine because of exposure to people with COVID-19, 361 students and four staff members.

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 6 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 2 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 5 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 2 on Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 case at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 6 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13; 4 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 case at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 5 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 1 case at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 1 case at Taylor Middle School (1 on Jan. 14)
  • 6 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 5 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 3 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Kettle Run High School (1 reported on Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Miller Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Pearson Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD on Jan. 14, in a long-term care facility. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the RRHD were also reported on Jan. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Three Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress" -- On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with five cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 35 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 73 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 73 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long term care facilities.

There have been a total of 77 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 33 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,170.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,601 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 41,680 cases and 4,674 deaths); 2,303 outbreaks in congregate settings; 357 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 258 in correctional facilities; 175 in college settings; 601 in childcare settings and 1,194 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 19, there have been a total of 6,489 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 19, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,079 this morning. The percent positivity is at 34.42%. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 8, there have been 110,185 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.9% of vaccinated people); 3,059 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.053% of vaccinated people), and there have been 999 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.4 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

The data provided here is from Jan. 18.

As of Jan. 18, 14,487,389 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.4% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.8% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.6% are fully vaccinated.

An average 27,608 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74.6% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.7% are fully vaccinated (26% have received a booster shot). About 86.8% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.1%. About 33.2% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 52.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (43.9% are fully vaccinated, 4.4% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.8% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.6% fully vaccinated, 34.1% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.7% have received at least one dose (86.9% fully vaccinated, 58.6% have received a booster).

About 45.2% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (38% fully vaccinated, 3.3% have had boosters); 80% of those 18 and older (71.7% fully vaccinated, 33.2% have had boosters) and 94.6% of those 65 and older (84% fully vaccinated, 57.7% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.5% have received one dose; 72.7% are fully vaccinated and 29.1% have received a booster shot. 88.3% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.3% are fully vaccinated and 34% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.6% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.5% are fully vaccinated and 27.7% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.3% have received one dose, 70.2% are fully vaccinated and 30.6% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

TUESDAY, JAN. 18: In Fauquier County, 62 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 101. As of Jan. 18, 11,165 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 18, Virginia recorded 10,248 new cases of COVID-19. It’s a substantial drop from Sunday’s 18,054. The highest number of new cases ever – 26,175, was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,397,155 total reported cases (399,686) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 15,998.

Cases of COVID-19 in children jumped this morning, according to today’s reporting. In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 2,255 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old (there were 1,853 as of yesterday); 3,825 have been reported in those 10 to 19 (3,271 yesterday). In the state, there have been 106,994 cases in children younger than 10 (87,173 yesterday), 178,210 cases in those 10 to 19 years old (148,498 yesterday).

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 18, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 32.7%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 36.9%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 38%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Jan. 12 after not seeing one since Dec. 29. The county also reported new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 96 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 294 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 128 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 47 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Today, the VDH reported eight new COVID-related deaths in the state. total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,822 (2,614 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 15.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 hospitalization today, two new hospitalizations yesterday and Sunday, but one hospitalization was removed from the total on Saturday. The county is averaging one hospitalization a day, down from three a week ago. Fauquier has counted 403 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 47 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 399 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today, Jan. 18, 127 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,464 (2,598 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 188 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Tuesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 930 people hospitalized, 170 have been older than 80 years old; 180 have been 70 to 79 years old; 186 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 170 have been between 50 and 59. Two hundred and twenty-four have been younger than 50.

In the health district, 10 children younger than 10 and 16 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 876 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 1,053 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Monday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 18 states that 3,948 are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (3,871) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11. The average is higher than it has ever been.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 18 is 676. Three hundred and seventy-seven COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support. Those numbers are as high as they have ever been.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 85,304 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,464.

Fauquier County School Division

In the first week back in school after winter break, there were 66 cases of COVID-19 reported, 45 in students and 21 in staff. All 66 are currently “active” cases. Cases stay on the active list for 10 days. Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 673 cases of COVID-19, 485 in students and 188 in students.

As of Jan. 13, there were 361 people in quarantine because of exposure to people with COVID-19, 361 students and four staff members.

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 6 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 2 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 5 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 2 on Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 case at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 6 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13; 4 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 case at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 5 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 1 case at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 1 case at Taylor Middle School (1 on Jan. 14)
  • 6 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 5 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 3 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Kettle Run High School (1 reported on Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Miller Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Pearson Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD on Jan. 14, in a long-term care facility. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the RRHD were also reported on Jan. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Three Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress" -- On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with five cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 35 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 72 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 72 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long term care facilities.

There have been a total of 77 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 33 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,168.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,594 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 41,492 cases and 4,673 deaths); 2,301 outbreaks in congregate settings; 356 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 258 in correctional facilities; 175 in college settings; 593 in childcare settings and 1,188 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 18, there have been a total of 6,465 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 18, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,274 this morning. The percent positivity is at 38.63%. Those two numbers have been generally rising for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 8, there have been 110,185 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.9% of vaccinated people); 3,059 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.053% of vaccinated people), and there have been 999 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.4 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

As of Jan. 18, 14,487,389 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.4% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.8% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.6% are fully vaccinated.

An average 27,608 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74.6% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.7% are fully vaccinated (26% have received a booster shot). About 86.8% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.1%. About 33.2% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 52.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (43.9% are fully vaccinated, 4.4% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.8% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.6% fully vaccinated, 34.1% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.7% have received at least one dose (86.9% fully vaccinated, 58.6% have received a booster).

About 45.2% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (38% fully vaccinated, 3.3% have had boosters); 80% of those 18 and older (71.7% fully vaccinated, 33.2% have had boosters) and 94.6% of those 65 and older (84% fully vaccinated, 57.7% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.5% have received one dose; 72.7% are fully vaccinated and 29.1% have received a booster shot. 88.3% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.3% are fully vaccinated and 34% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.6% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.5% are fully vaccinated and 27.7% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.3% have received one dose, 70.2% are fully vaccinated and 30.6% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

MONDAY, JAN. 17: In Fauquier County, 45 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. Ninety-six cases were reported Saturday and 136 on Sunday. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 110.

Two hundred and thirty-eight cases – a new high for the county – were reported Jan. 8. It has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight. As of Jan. 17, 11,103 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 17, Virginia recorded 10,842 new cases of COVID-19. It’s a substantial drop from Friday’s 17,219, Saturday’s 16,842 and Sunday’s 18,054, but case numbers are often lower on Monday because of lower weekend reporting. The highest number of new cases ever – 26,175, was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,397,155 total reported cases (396,896) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 16,917.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,853 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,271 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 87,173 cases in children younger than 10, 148,498 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 17, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 33.6%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 39%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 38%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Jan. 12 after not seeing one since Dec. 29. The county also reported new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 96 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 294 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 128 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 47 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Today, the VDH reported three new COVID-related deaths in the state. There were six on Saturday and two on Sunday. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,814 (2,610 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 20.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported two new hospitalizations today and yesterday, but one hospitalization was removed from the total on Saturday. The county is averaging two hospitalizations a day. Fauquier has counted 402 total hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 46 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 399 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 11 that the hospital was taking care of about 25 COVID-19 in-patients, up from 14 a week earlier. Cubbage said this is the highest number of COVID inpatients the hospital has seen yet.

Today, Jan. 17, 108 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. On Saturday, 211 were recorded and 191 were reported on Sunday. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,337 (2,592 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 195 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Monday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 929 people hospitalized, 162 have been older than 80 years old; 170 have been 70 to 79 years old; 179 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 158 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-nine have been younger than 50. (For 61 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 624 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 723 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Sunday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 17 states that 3,812 are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (3,858) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11. The average is higher than it has ever been.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 14 is 656. Three hundred and seventy-three COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support. Those numbers are as high as they have ever been.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 84,782 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,827.

Fauquier County School Division

In the first week back in school after winter break, there were 66 cases of COVID-19 reported, 45 in students and 21 in staff. All 66 are currently “active” cases. Cases stay on the active list for 10 days. Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 673 cases of COVID-19, 485 in students and 188 in students.

As of Jan. 13, there were 361 people in quarantine because of exposure to people with COVID-19, 361 students and four staff members.

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 6 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 2 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 5 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 2 on Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 case at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 6 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13; 4 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 case at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 5 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 1 case at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 1 case at Taylor Middle School (1 on Jan. 14)
  • 6 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)
  • 3 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13; 1 on Jan. 14)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 5 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13; 2 on Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 3 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Kettle Run High School (1 reported on Jan. 14)
  • 2 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13; 1 Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Miller Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Pearson Elementary School (1 reported Jan. 14)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

Another new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD ton Jan. 14, in a long-term care facility. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the RRHD on Jan. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Three Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress" -- On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with five cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 35 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 72 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 72 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long term care facilities.

There have been a total of 77 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 33 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,149.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,588 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 41,330 cases and 4,669 deaths); 2,298 outbreaks in congregate settings; 356 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 257 in correctional facilities; 174 in college settings; 592 in childcare settings and 1,187 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 17, there have been a total of 6,452 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 17, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,274 this morning. The percent positivity is at 38.63%. Those two numbers have been generally rising for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 8, there have been 110,185 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.9% of vaccinated people); 3,059 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.053% of vaccinated people), and there have been 999 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.4 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

As of Jan. 17, 14,476,288 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.4% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.7% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.6% are fully vaccinated.

An average 28,695 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74.6% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.7% are fully vaccinated (26% have received a booster shot). About 86.8% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.1%. About 33.1% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 52.8% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (43.8% are fully vaccinated, 4.4% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.7% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.6% fully vaccinated, 34% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.7% have received at least one dose (86.9% fully vaccinated, 58.5% have received a booster).

About 45.2% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (37.9% fully vaccinated, 3.3% have had boosters); 80% of those 18 and older (71.7% fully vaccinated, 33.1% have had boosters) and 94.6% of those 65 and older (83.9% fully vaccinated, 57.7% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.5% have received one dose; 72.7% are fully vaccinated and 29% have received a booster shot. 88.3% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.3% are fully vaccinated and 31.9% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.6% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.5% are fully vaccinated and 27.6% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.3% have received one dose, 70.2% are fully vaccinated and 30.5% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

FRIDAY, JAN. 14: In Fauquier County, 103 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. Two hundred and thirty-eight – a new high for the county – were reported Jan. 8. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 130. It has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight. As of Jan. 11, 10,826 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 14, Virginia recorded 17,219 new cases of COVID-19. The highest number of new cases – 26,175, was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,334,198 total reported cases (380,022) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 18,626; the average has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is nearly double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,828 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,245 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 84,907 cases in children younger than 10, 145,701 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 14, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 35.8%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 41.5%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 39%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Jan. 12 after not seeing one since Dec. 29. The county also reported new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 96 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 294 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 128 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 47 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

On Friday, the VDH reported 18 new COVID-related deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,803 (2,607 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 22.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported three new hospitalizations Friday, two new hospitalizations Thursday, one new hospitalization Wednesday and five on Tuesday. The county is averaging three hospitalizations a day. There have been 43 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 399 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 11 that the hospital was taking care of about 25 COVID-19 in-patients, up from 14 a week earlier. Cubbage said this is the highest number of COVID inpatients the hospital has seen yet.

On Friday, Jan. 14, 229 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,827 (2,582 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 253 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 926 people hospitalized, 161 have been older than 80 years old; 170 have been 70 to 79 years old; 179 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 158 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-nine have been younger than 50. (For 59 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 612 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 695 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Thursday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 14 states that 3,845 are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (3,742) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11. The average is higher than it has ever been.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 14 is 656, up 10 from yesterday. Three hundred and sixty COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 83,676 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,827.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 11, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools had been closed for more than 10 days for winter break and only opened again Jan. 10. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

By the evening of Jan. 13 there were 42 active cases, 31 in students and 11 in staff. Since the beginning of the school year, in August 2021, there have been 649 cases of COVID-19, 471 in students and 178 in students.

As of Jan. 13, there were 365 people in quarantine because of exposure to people with COVID-19, 361 students and four staff members.

For 2022, in students, new cases include:

  • 4 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 3 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 2 Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Greenville Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 cases at Kettle Run High School (2 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Miller Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 5 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11, 3 Jan. 12 and 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 1 case at Smith Elementary (1 on Jan. 13)
  • 5 cases at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12; 4 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 cases at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12; 1 on Jan. 13)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 3 in school division central offices (1 reported Jan. 12; 2 on Jan. 13)
  • 2 at Greenville Elementary (2 reported Jan. 13)
  • 1 at Fauquier High School (reported Jan. 11)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (reported Jan. 12)
  • 2 at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11; 1 on Jan. 13)
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 13)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff.

Outbreaks

Another new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD today, in a long-term care facility. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities were also reported on Jan. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 7 and Jan. 5. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

Three Warrenton facilities are on the list that names long-term care locations where there are "outbreaks in progress" -- On Dec. 17 an outbreak was reported at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, with fewer than five cases. Poet’s Walk of Warrenton, reported Jan. 4, has eight cases and The Villa at Suffield Meadows, reported Jan. 5, has reported 15 cases. No deaths have been reported from any of these recent outbreaks.

Fauquier Health spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that FHRNC remains open for approved visitation.

She added that the Villa closed for visitation for five days. She said, "They work with the local health department and DSS on cases and circumstances. Currently, we are happy to report that they [the Villa] are back open for visitation and have confirmed there are zero COVID cases at this time."

An outbreak was reported Jan. 5 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center, with 35 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 71 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 71 is significant. The following week, the week of Jan. 2 to 8, the VDH is reporting that there were 61 outbreaks in long term care facilities.

There have been a total of 77 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 33 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,142.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,580 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – (resulting in 40,997 cases and 4,666 deaths); 2,284 outbreaks in congregate settings; 356 outbreaks in healthcare settings – nine more than yesterday; 254 in correctional facilities; 173 in college settings; 588 in childcare settings and 1,184 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 14, there have been a total of 6,419 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 14, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,350 this morning. The percent positivity is at 39.63%. Those two numbers have been generally rising for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 8, there have been 110,185 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.9% of vaccinated people); 3,059 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.053% of vaccinated people), and there have been 999 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.4 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.1 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

As of Jan. 14, 14,412,369 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.4% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.3% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.6% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.5% are fully vaccinated.

An average 30,978 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state, up from recent weeks.

Thus far, about 74.5% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.6% are fully vaccinated (25.6% have received a booster shot). About 86.7% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78.1%. About 32.7% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 52.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (43.5% are fully vaccinated, 3.8% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.6% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.5% fully vaccinated, 33.5% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.6% have received at least one dose (86.9% fully vaccinated, 58.2% have received a booster).

About 45% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (37.6% fully vaccinated, 3.1% have had boosters); 79.9% of those 18 and older (71.6% fully vaccinated, 32.7% have had boosters) and 94.5% of those 65 and older (83.9% fully vaccinated, 57.4% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.3% have received one dose; 72.6% are fully vaccinated and 28.5% have received a booster shot. 88.1% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.2% are fully vaccinated and 31.4% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.5% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.4% are fully vaccinated and 27.2% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.3% have received one dose, 70.2% are fully vaccinated and 30.1% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

THURSDAY, JAN. 13: In Fauquier County, 140 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. Two hundred and thirty-eight – a new high for the county – were reported Jan. 8. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 135. It has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight. As of Jan. 11, 10,723 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 13, Virginia recorded 18,942 new cases of COVID-19. The highest number of new cases – 26,175, was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,334,198 total reported cases (380,022) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 18,782; the average has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is nearly double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,816 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,220 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 83,911 cases in children younger than 10, 144,521 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 13, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 35.6%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 41.2%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 38%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Jan. 12 after not seeing one since Dec. 29. The county also reported new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 96 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 294 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 128 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 47 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

On Thursday, the VDH reported 35 new COVID-related deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,785 (2,604 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 20, up from 17 yesterday.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported two new hospitalizations Thursday, one new hospitalization Wednesday and five on Tuesday. The county is averaging three hospitalizations a day. There have been 38 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

The Centers for Disease control updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 396 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 11 that the hospital was taking care of about 25 COVID-19 in-patients, up from 14 a week ago. Cubbage said this is the highest number of COVID inpatients the hospital has seen yet.

On Thursday, Jan. 13, 223 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,598 (2,570 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 263 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Thursday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 922 people hospitalized, 160 have been older than 80 years old; 170 have been 70 to 79 years old; 179 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 158 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-nine have been younger than 50. (For 56 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 572 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 659 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 13 states that 3,894 are hospitalized with COVID-19. The number is five fewer than yesterday, which was a pandemic record. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (3,668) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11. The average is higher than it has ever been.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 10 is 646, up 25 from yesterday. Three hundred and forty-nine COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 83,130 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,375.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 11, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools had been closed for more than 10 days for winter break and only opened again Jan. 10. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

By 5 p.m. on Jan. 12, there were 21 total, 16 in students and 5 in staff.

In students, new cases include:

  • 2 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12)
  • 2 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 3 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 2 Jan. 12)
  • 2 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 4 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 3 Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 1 in school division central offices (reported Jan. 12)
  • 1 at Fauquier High School (reported Jan. 11)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (reported Jan. 12)
  • 1 at Liberty High School (reported Jan. 11)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff. Adding the 21 cases from Jan. 11 and 12, there have been 628, 456 students and 172 staff.

Outbreaks

Another new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD today, in a long-term care facility. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities were also reported on Wednesday, Jan. 5, one on Jan 7 and another on Jan. 10. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 71 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 71 is significant.

A recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Jan. 7. Another new long-term care center listing showed up Jan. 7 on the list of locations that have active outbreaks; the new outbreak at Autumn Care of Madison was reported Dec. 28 and has 17 cases.

There have been a total of 76 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 32 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,118.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,568 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – including 15 since yesterday (resulting in 40,672 cases and 4,666 deaths); 2,277 outbreaks in congregate settings; 347 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 254 in correctional facilities; 173 in college settings; 580 in childcare settings and 1,179 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 13, there have been a total of 6,384 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic – 24 more than yesterday.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 13, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,300 this afternoon. The percent positivity is at 38.65%. Those two numbers have been generally rising for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 1, there have been 97,757 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.7% of vaccinated people); 2,704 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.047% of vaccinated people), and there have been 989 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.3 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

Vaccine data is from Jan. 11.

As of Jan. 11, 14,321 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.1% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.1% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.4% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.4% are fully vaccinated.

An average 24,325 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74.3% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.4% are fully vaccinated (25.1% have received a booster shot). About 86.6% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78%. About 32.1% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 51.8% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (43% are fully vaccinated, 3.2% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.4% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.4% fully vaccinated, 32.8% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.5% have received at least one dose (86.8% fully vaccinated, 57.6% have received a booster).

About 44.6% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (37.2% fully vaccinated, 2.6% have had boosters); 79.8% of those 18 and older (71.6% fully vaccinated, 32.1% have had boosters) and 94.4% of those 65 and older (83.9% fully vaccinated, 56.9% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.1% have received one dose; 72.4% are fully vaccinated and 27.8% have received a booster shot. 87.9% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.1% are fully vaccinated and 30.6% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.3% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.2% are fully vaccinated and 26.6% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.1% have received one dose, 70.1% are fully vaccinated and 29.4% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12: In Fauquier County, 122 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning, five fewer than yesterday and the day before. Two hundred and thirty-eight – a new high for the county – were reported Jan. 8. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 137. It has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight. As of Jan. 11, 10,583 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 12, Virginia recorded 19,836 new cases of COVID-19; it’s the second-highest number ever. The highest number of new cases – 26,175, was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,315,256 total reported cases (374,256) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 18,338; the average has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is more than double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,810 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,204 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 82,735 cases in children younger than 10, 143,105 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 12, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 35.8%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 41.1%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 38%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death today after not seeing one since Dec. 29. The county also reported new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 96 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 294 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 128 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 47 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

On Wednesday, the VDH reported 35 new COVID-related deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,750 (2,587 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 17, up from 13 yesterday.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported one new hospitalization and five on Tuesday, two hospitalizations each day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and six new hospitalizations Monday. The county is averaging three hospitalizations a day. There have been 36 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

April Achter, population health coordinator for the RRHD, said that high hospitalizations are a “reflection of how many people are sick right now. However, the good news is that the hospitalizations are not increasing as quickly as cases. This is due to a few things, including vaccine protection and potentially Omicron being less severe.”

But, she said, “there is a large impact on our hospitals due to the sheer volume of people that are sick. Hospitalizations continue to be largely driven by unvaccinated cases.”

The Centers for Disease control updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 394 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 11 that the hospital was taking care of about 25 COVID-19 in-patients, up from 14 a week ago. Cubbage said this is the highest number of COVID inpatients the hospital has seen yet.

On Wednesday, Jan. 12, 225 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,375 (2,555 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 275 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Wednesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 917 people hospitalized, 159 have been older than 80 years old; 170 have been 70 to 79 years old; 178 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 156 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-nine have been younger than 50. (For 55 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 572 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 659 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 12 states that more Virginians than ever before – 3,899, -- are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (3,554) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 10 is 621, up 32 from yesterday. Three hundred and forty-five COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support; that is 17 more than yesterday.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 82,596 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,375.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 11, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools had been closed for more than 10 days for winter break and only opened again Jan. 10. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

By the morning of Jan. 12, there were four active student cases and two active staff cases. By 5 p.m. on Jan. 12, there were 15 more active cases, 21 total, 16 in students and 5 in staff.

In students, new cases include:

  • 2 cases at Auburn Middle (2 reported Jan. 12)
  • 2 cases at Coleman Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 3 cases at Fauquier High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 2 Jan. 12)
  • 2 cases at Liberty High School (1 reported Jan. 11 and 1 Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Marshall Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 4 cases at Ritchie Elementary (1 reported Jan. 11 and 3 Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Thompson Elementary (1 reported Jan. 12)
  • 1 case at Warrenton Middle School (1 reported Jan. 12)

Among staff, new cases include:

  • 1 in school division central offices (reported Jan. 12)
  • 1 at Fauquier High School (reported Jan. 11)
  • 1 at Coleman Elementary (reported Jan. 12)
  • 1 at Liberty High School (reported Jan. 11)
  • 1 at Ritchie Elementary (reported Jan. 12)

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff. Adding the 21 cases from Jan. 11 and 12, there have been 628, 456 students and 172 staff.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD yesterday, in a correctional facility. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities were reported on Wednesday, Jan. 5, one on Jan 7 and another on Jan. 10. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

A recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Jan. 7. Another new long-term care center listing showed up Jan. 7 on the list of locations that have active outbreaks; the new outbreak at Autumn Care of Madison was reported Dec. 28 and has 17 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 69 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 69 is significant.

There have been a total of 75 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 31 outbreaks in long-term care facilities (one more than on Friday), 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,105.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,558 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities – including 15 since yesterday (resulting in 40,520 cases and 4,663 deaths); 2,277 outbreaks in congregate settings; 347 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 254 in correctional facilities; 172 in college settings; 576 in childcare settings and 1,176 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 12, there have been a total of 6,360 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 12, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,300 this afternoon. The percent positivity is at 38.65%. Those two numbers have been generally rising for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 1, there have been 97,757 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.7% of vaccinated people); 2,704 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.047% of vaccinated people), and there have been 989 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.3 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

Vaccine data is from Jan. 11.

As of Jan. 11, 14,321 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.1% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.1% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.4% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.4% are fully vaccinated.

An average 24,325 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74.3% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.4% are fully vaccinated (25.1% have received a booster shot). About 86.6% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78%. About 32.1% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 51.8% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (43% are fully vaccinated, 3.2% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.4% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.4% fully vaccinated, 32.8% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.5% have received at least one dose (86.8% fully vaccinated, 57.6% have received a booster).

About 44.6% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (37.2% fully vaccinated, 2.6% have had boosters); 79.8% of those 18 and older (71.6% fully vaccinated, 32.1% have had boosters) and 94.4% of those 65 and older (83.9% fully vaccinated, 56.9% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.1% have received one dose; 72.4% are fully vaccinated and 27.8% have received a booster shot. 87.9% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.1% are fully vaccinated and 30.6% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.3% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.2% are fully vaccinated and 26.6% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.1% have received one dose, 70.1% are fully vaccinated and 29.4% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

TUESDAY, JAN. 11: In Fauquier County, 127 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning, the same as yesterday. Two hundred and thirty-eight – a new high for the county – were reported Saturday. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 132. It has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight. As of Jan. 11, 10,461 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 11, Virginia recorded 16,681 new cases of COVID-19. The highest number of new cases – 26,175, was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8. The second-highest total was 19,506, recorded on Jan. 1.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,295,420 total reported cases (368,004) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 17,037; the average has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is more than double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,796 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,190 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 81,747 cases in children younger than 10, 141,993 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 11, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 36%; that is another new record. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 41.2%, the highest it has ever been. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 41%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Dec. 29, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic, none so far in 2022. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 293 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 127 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 47 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

On Tuesday, the VDH reported 44 new COVID-related deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,715 (2,586 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 13, up from eight yesterday.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported five new hospitalizations Tuesday, two hospitalizations each day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and six new hospitalizations Monday. The county is averaging three hospitalizations a day. There have been 35 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

April Achter, population health coordinator for the RRHD, said that high hospitalizations are a “reflection of how many people are sick right now. However, the good news is that the hospitalizations are not increasing as quickly as cases. This is due to a few things, including vaccine protection and potentially Omicron being less severe.”

But, she said, “there is a large impact on our hospitals due to the sheer volume of people that are sick. Hospitalizations continue to be largely driven by unvaccinated cases.”

The Centers for Disease control updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 393 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 11 that the hospital was taking care of about 25 COVID-19 in-patients, up from 14 a week ago. Cubbage said this is the highest number COVID inpatients the hospital has seen yet.

On Tuesday, Jan. 11, 177 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,150 (2,550 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 269  new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Tuesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 915 people hospitalized, 157 have been older than 80 years old; 170 have been 70 to 79 years old; 176 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 156 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-nine have been younger than 50. (For 57 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 572 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 659 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Monday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 11 states that more Virginians than ever before – 3,845 -- are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (3,420) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 10 is 589. Three hundred and twenty-eight COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 82,188 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 45,150.

Fauquier County School Division

As of Jan. 11, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools have been closed for more than 10 days for winter break. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools opened for students yesterday, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers have not been updated yet today.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division.

There were 607 positive cases of COVID-19 during the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, 440 in students and 167 in staff. There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD today, in a correctional facility. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities were reported on Wednesday, Jan. 5, one on Jan 7 and another on Jan. 10. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

A recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Jan. 7. Another new long-term care center listing showed up Jan. 7 on the list of locations that have active outbreaks; the new outbreak at Autumn Care of Madison was reported Dec. 28 and has 17 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 67 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 67 is significant.

There have been a total of 75 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 31 outbreaks in long-term care facilities (one more than on Friday), 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, six in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,105.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,543 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 39,950 cases and 4,660 deaths); 2,267 outbreaks in congregate settings; 345 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 253 in correctional facilities; 172 in college settings; 576 in childcare settings and 1,175 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 11, there have been a total of 6,331 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 11, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia – and as are most counties in the United States.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,096 today. The percent positivity is at 41%. Those two numbers have been rising for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 1, there have been 97,757 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.7% of vaccinated people); 2,704 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.047% of vaccinated people), and there have been 989 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.3 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

As of Jan. 11, 14,321 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 78.1% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 68.1% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89.4% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.4% are fully vaccinated.

An average 24,325 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74.3% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.4% are fully vaccinated (25.1% have received a booster shot). About 86.6% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 78%. About 32.1% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 51.8% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (43% are fully vaccinated, 3.2% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.4% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.4% fully vaccinated, 32.8% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.5% have received at least one dose (86.8% fully vaccinated, 57.6% have received a booster).

About 44.6% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (37.2% fully vaccinated, 2.6% have had boosters); 79.8% of those 18 and older (71.6% fully vaccinated, 32.1% have had boosters) and 94.4% of those 65 and older (83.9% fully vaccinated, 56.9% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 83.1% have received one dose; 72.4% are fully vaccinated and 27.8% have received a booster shot. 87.9% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77.1% are fully vaccinated and 30.6% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73.3% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65.2% are fully vaccinated and 26.6% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 78.1% have received one dose, 70.1% are fully vaccinated and 29.4% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

MONDAY, JAN. 10: In Fauquier County, 127 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this morning. Two hundred and thirty-eight – a new high for the county – were reported Saturday and 51 new cases were reported on Sunday. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 129. It has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight. As of Jan. 10, 10,334 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 10, Virginia recorded 15,463 new cases of COVID-19. The highest number of new cases – 26,175, was recorded Saturday, Jan. 8. The second-highest total was 19,506, recorded on Jan. 1.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,278,739 total reported cases (363,164 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 16,861; the average has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is more than double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,785 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,165 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 80,743 cases in children younger than 10, 140,845 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 10, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 35.6%; that is another new record. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 39%, the highest it has ever been. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 47%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Dec. 29, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic, none so far in 2022. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 292 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 127 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

On Monday, the VDH reported no new COVID-related deaths. Fifteen were reported Saturday and five on Sunday. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,671 (2,585 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is eight.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported two hospitalizations each day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and six new hospitalizations today. The county is averaging three hospitalizations a day. There have been 30 new hospitalizations so far in 2022.

There were 60 new hospitalizations in December 2021.

April Achter, population health coordinator for the RRHD, said that high hospitalizations are a “reflection of how many people are sick right now. However, the good news is that the hospitalizations are not increasing as quickly as cases. This is due to a few things, including vaccine protection and potentially Omicron being less severe.”

But, she said, “there is a large impact on our hospitals due to the sheer volume of people that are sick. Hospitalizations continue to be largely driven by unvaccinated cases.”

The Centers for Disease control updated its estimates on Omicron Jan. 5, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks earlier, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 388 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 4 that the hospital was taking care of 14 COVID-19 in-patients.

On Monday, Jan. 10, 272 new hospitalizations were reported in the state; on Saturday there were 383 and on Sunday, 262 were reported. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 44,973 (2,546 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 305 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Monday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 909 people hospitalized, 153 have been older than 80 years old; 169 have been 70 to 79 years old; 176 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 155 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-eight have been younger than 50. (For 58 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 572 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 659 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Sunday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 10 states that more Virginians than ever before – 3,681 -- are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (3,271) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 10 is 567. Three hundred and fourteen COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 81,718 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 44,973.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 10, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Jan. 10, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools have been closed for more than 10 days for winter break. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools opened for students today, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until later this afternoon.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 136 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 13 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD on Wednesday, Jan. 5, one on  Jan 7 and another on Jan. 10. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

A recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Jan. 7. Another new long-term care center listing showed up Jan. 7 on the list of locations that have active outbreaks; the new outbreak at Autumn Care of Madison was reported Dec. 28 and has 17 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 67 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 67 is significant.

There have been a total of 74 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 31 outbreaks in long-term care facilities (one more than on Friday), 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, five in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,084.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,534 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 39,681 cases and 4,656 deaths); 2,263 outbreaks in congregate settings; 345 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 252 in correctional facilities; 172 in college settings; 575 in childcare settings and 1,174 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 10, there have been a total of 6,315 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 10, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k is at 1,096 today. The percent positivity increased to 47%. Those two numbers have been rising rapidly for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Breakthrough cases

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17, 2021 and Jan. 1, there have been 97,757 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.7% of vaccinated people); 2,704 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.047% of vaccinated people), and there have been 989 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.3 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

Vaccines

The vaccine data here is as of Jan. 7.

As of Jan. 7, 14,148,331 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 77.7% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.8% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.2% are fully vaccinated.

An average 29,883 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.2% are fully vaccinated (23.7% have received a booster shot). About 86.3% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.9%. About 30.5% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 51% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (42% are fully vaccinated, 2.1% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.1% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.3% fully vaccinated, 31.7% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.4% have received at least one dose (86.8% fully vaccinated, 56.9% have received a booster).

About 43.9% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (36.4% fully vaccinated, 1.9% have had boosters); 79.6% of those 18 and older (71.5% fully vaccinated, 30.8% have had boosters) and 94.3% of those 65 and older (83.8% fully vaccinated, 56.1% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 82.7% have received one dose; 72.2% are fully vaccinated and 26.7% have received a booster shot. 87.6% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77% are fully vaccinated and 29.3% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65% are fully vaccinated and 25.5% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.9% have received one dose, 70% are fully vaccinated and 28.2% have received boosters.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

FRIDAY, JAN. 7: In Fauquier County, 155 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday, Jan. 6 and 142 cases this morning. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 112. It has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight. As of Jan. 7, 9,918 COVID cases have been recorded in the county.

On Jan. 7, Virginia recorded 18,309 new cases of COVID-19; that is the second-highest total since the beginning of the pandemic. The highest number of new cases – 19,506, was recorded Jan 2.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,221,036 total reported cases (345,092 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 14,645; the average has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is more than double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,748 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,122 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 78,516 cases in children younger than 10, 138,059 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 7, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 34.6%; that is another new record. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 33.7%, the highest it has ever been. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 42%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Dec. 29, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic, none so far in 2022. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 292 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 127 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

On Friday, the VDH reported nine new COVID-related deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,651 (2,582 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is nine.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported seven new hospitalizations on Tuesday, Jan. 4, one on Wednesday, four on Thursday and two more today. The county is averaging three hospitalizations a day.

With 11 new hospitalizations reported in the county on Dec. 31, there were 60 new hospitalizations in December.

April Achter, population health coordinator for the RRHD, said that high hospitalizations are a “reflection of how many people are sick right now. However, the good news is that the hospitalizations are not increasing as quickly as cases. This is due to a few things, including vaccine protection and potentially Omicron being less severe.”

But, she said, “there is a large impact on our hospitals due to the sheer volume of people that are sick. Hospitalizations continue to be largely driven by unvaccinated cases.”

The Centers for Disease control updated its estimates on Omicron Wednesday, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks ago, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 378 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 4 that the hospital was taking care of 14 COVID-19 in-patients.

On Thursday, Jan. 6, 309 new hospitalizations were reported in the state and on Friday, 301 were reported. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 44,056 (2,528 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 313 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 890 people hospitalized, 153 have been older than 80 years old; 167 have been 70 to 79 years old; 175 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 155 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-four have been younger than 50. (For 46 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 528 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 609 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Thursday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 7 states that 3,329 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (2,785) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 7 is 545. Two hundred and ninety-seven COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 80,763 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 44,056.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 7, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Jan. 7, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools have been closed for more than 10 days for winter break. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools will not open again for students until Jan. 10, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated then.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 136 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 13 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD on Wednesday, Jan. 5 and another on Jan 7. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the health district.

A recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Jan. 7. Another new long-term care center listing showed up Jan. 7 on the list of locations that have active outbreaks; new outbreak at Autumn Care of Madison was reported Dec. 28 and has 28 cases.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 62 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 62 is significant.

There have been a total of 73 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 30 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, five in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the RRHD outbreaks is 2,060, a jump of 47 cases since Wednesday.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,508 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 39,271 cases and 4,654 deaths); 2,251 outbreaks in congregate settings; 342 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 252 in correctional facilities; 172 in college settings; 574 in childcare settings and 1,171 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 7, there have been a total of 6,270 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 7, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there ever since.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k jumped from 865 yesterday to 1,100 today. The percent positivity increased to 42%. Those two numbers have been rising rapidly for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Jan. 7, 14,148,331 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 77.7% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.8% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 89% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.2% are fully vaccinated.

An average 29,883 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 74% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.2% are fully vaccinated (23.7% have received a booster shot). About 86.3% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.9%. About 30.5% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 51% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (42% are fully vaccinated, 2.1% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 89.1% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.3% fully vaccinated, 31.7% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.4% have received at least one dose (86.8% fully vaccinated, 56.9% have received a booster).

About 43.9% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (36.4% fully vaccinated, 1.9% have had boosters); 79.6% of those 18 and older (71.5% fully vaccinated, 30.8% have had boosters) and 94.3% of those 65 and older (83.8% fully vaccinated, 56.1% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 82.7% have received one dose; 72.2% are fully vaccinated and 26.7% have received a booster shot. 87.6% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 77% are fully vaccinated and 29.3% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 73% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 65% are fully vaccinated and 25.5% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.9% have received one dose, 70% are fully vaccinated and 28.2% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 25, there have been 90,629 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.6% of vaccinated people); 2,591 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.045% of vaccinated people), and there have been 987 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0172% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 3.8 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5: In Fauquier County, 86 cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, Jan. 5. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 113. It has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight.

On Jan. 1, Virginia recorded a record-smashing number of new COVID cases: 19,506. In this morning’s data, 10,728 new cases were reported.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,186,887 total reported cases (334,011 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 14,212 (slightly lower than yesterday); the average has been generally climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is more than double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,736 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,096 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 76,909 cases in children younger than 10, 135,901 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 5, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 32%; that is another new record. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 33.7%, the highest it has ever been. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 42%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Dec. 29, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 292 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 127 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Wednesday, the VDH reported nine new deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,631 (2,578 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 13.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Covid-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported seven new hospitalizations on Tuesday, Jan. 4 and one more today. With 11 new hospitalizations reported in the county on Dec. 31, there were 60 new hospitalizations in December.

April Achter, population health coordinator for the RRHD, said that high hospitalizations are a “reflection of how many people are sick right now. However, the good news is that the hospitalizations are not increasing as quickly as cases. This is due to a few things, including vaccine protection and potentially Omicron being less severe.”

But, she said, “there is a large impact on our hospitals due to the sheer volume of people that are sick. Hospitalizations continue to be largely driven by unvaccinated cases.”

The Centers for Disease control updated its estimates on Omicron today, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks ago, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 372 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 4 that the hospital is taking care of 14 COVID-19 in-patients.

On Wednesday, 182 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 43,449 (2,519 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 302 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Wednesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 877 people hospitalized, 151 have been older than 80 years old; 166 have been 70 to 79 years old; 174 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 155 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-three have been younger than 50. (For 38 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 528 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 609 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 5 states that 2,965 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (2,479) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 5 is 499. Two hundred and eighty COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 80,022 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 43,449.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 5, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Jan. 5, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools have been closed for more than 10 days for winter break. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools will not open again for students until Jan. 7, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 136 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 13 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

A new outbreak was reported in a long-term care facility in the RRHD on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Two new outbreaks were recorded on Friday, Dec. 31 – one is a correctional facility and one in a healthcare setting. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the RRHD.

There have been a total of 72 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 29 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, five in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 2,013.

The most recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Dec. 24.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 61 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which breaks the previous record of 58, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 61 is significant.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,489 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 38,929 cases and 4,654 deaths); 2,242 outbreaks in congregate settings; 340 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 246 in correctional facilities; 171 in college settings; 568 in childcare settings and 1,171 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 5, there have been a total of 6,229 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic – 39 more than yesterday.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 5, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days and percent positivity. In Fauquier, the case rate per 100k jumped from 865 yesterday to 1,100 today. The percent positivity increased from 29% as of yesterday to 42% today. Those two numbers have been rising rapidly for several weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

The data reported below is from Jan. 4.

As of Jan. 4, 14,102,388 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 77.5% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.7% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.9% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.2% are fully vaccinated.

An average 29,289 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.9% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.1% are fully vaccinated (23.4% have received a booster shot). About 86.2% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.8%. About 30.1% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 50.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (41.7% are fully vaccinated, 1.9% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.9% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.2% fully vaccinated, 31% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.3% have received at least one dose (86.7% fully vaccinated, 56.4% have received a booster).

About 43.5% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (36% fully vaccinated, 1.6% have had boosters); 79.4% of those 18 and older (71.4% fully vaccinated, 30.1% have had boosters) and 94.2% of those 65 and older (83.8% fully vaccinated, 55.6% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 82.4% have received one dose; 72% are fully vaccinated and 26.1% have received a booster shot. 87.4% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.9% are fully vaccinated and 28.7% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.8% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.8% are fully vaccinated and 24.4% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.8% have received one dose, 69.9% are fully vaccinated and 27% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 25, there have been 88,143 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.5% of vaccinated people); 2,559 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.045% of vaccinated people), and there have been 969 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0169% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 3.9 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

TUESDAY, JAN. 4: Fauquier County, 104 cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday, Jan. 5. On Dec. 29, 2021, 189 new COVID-19 cases were reported, beating the previous record, 129, set on Christmas Day.

The one-day total in the county topped 40 cases 14 times in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 9,431 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 128. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight.

On Jan. 1, Virginia recorded another record-smashing number of new COVID cases: 19,506. The state added 17,618 on Friday, 14,712 cases on Saturday. In this morning’s data, 15,449 new cases were reported.

According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,176,159 total reported cases (331,130 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 14,410; it has been climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is more than double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,722 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,080 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 76,178 cases in children younger than 10, 134,793 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 4, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 29.9%; that is another new record. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 31.3%, the highest it has ever been. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 29%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Dec. 29, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 292 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 127 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Tuesday, the VDH reported seven new deaths. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,622 (2,577 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 17.

The VDH website states that there will be a delay in reporting deaths in January because the VDH has changed the criteria for reporting COVID-associated deaths.

Hospitalizations

Covid-19 is continuing to send a high number of residents to the hospital. Fauquier reported seven new hospitalizations today, Tuesday, Jan. 4.

With 11 new hospitalizations reported in the county on Dec. 31, there were 60 new hospitalizations in December.

April Achter, population health coordinator for the RRHD, said that high hospitalizations are a “reflection of how many people are sick right now. However, the good news is that the hospitalizations are not increasing as quickly as cases. This is due to a few things, including vaccine protection and potentially Omicron being less severe.”

But, she said, “there is a large impact on our hospitals due to the sheer volume of people that are sick. Hospitalizations continue to be largely driven by unvaccinated cases.”

The Centers for Disease control updated its estimates on Omicron today, stating that 95.4% of cases in the country during the week ending Jan. 1 were associated with the Omicron variant. Two weeks ago, it accounted for only 38% of cases.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 371 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Cubbage of Fauquier Hospital said Jan. 4 that the hospital is taking care of 14 COVID-19 in-patients.

On Tuesday, 432 new hospitalizations were reported in the state. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 43,267 (2,516 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 333 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days. It is the highest-ever seven-day average.

On Jan. 1, 556 new COVID-19 hospitalizations were reported in Virginia, smashing another record. On Dec. 29, 398 new COVID hospitalizations were recorded in Virginia and on Dec. 31, 270 were reported. Until the first of the year, they were the number one and two one-day totals since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Tuesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 874 people hospitalized, 150 have been older than 80 years old; 165 have been 70 to 79 years old; 172 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 154 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety-two have been younger than 50. (For 41 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 505 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 597 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Monday, Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 4 states that 2,798 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19 – 506 more than on Monday, Jan. 3. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (2,343) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 4 is 512. Two hundred and seventy-five COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 79,586 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 43,267.

Fauquier County School Division

As of the morning of Jan. 4, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Jan. 4, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools have been closed for more than 10 days for winter break. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools will not open again for students until Jan. 6, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 136 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 13 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

The VDH has changed its criteria for defining an outbreak. It changes the smallest number of cases needed to classify an outbreak from two cases to three. The new definition will apply to outbreaks reported to VDH after Jan. 1.

Two new outbreaks were recorded in the RRHD on Friday, Dec. 31. One was in a correctional facility and one was in a healthcare setting. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the RRHD.

There have been a total of 71 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 28 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, five in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 2,002.

The most recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Dec. 24.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 58 outbreaks in long term care facilities that week, which ties the previous record, set Dec. 2 to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 58 is significant.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,475 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 38,718 cases and 4,652 deaths); 2,232 outbreaks in congregate settings; 334 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 242 in correctional facilities; 170 in college settings; 568 in childcare settings and 1,169 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 4, there have been a total of 6,190 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 4, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (865 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (29.06% for Fauquier). Those two numbers have been rising rapidly for the last couple of weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Jan. 4, 14,102,388 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 77.5% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.7% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.9% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.2% are fully vaccinated.

An average 29,289 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.9% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.1% are fully vaccinated (23.4% have received a booster shot). About 86.2% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.8%. About 30.1% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 50.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (41.7% are fully vaccinated, 1.9% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.9% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.2% fully vaccinated, 31% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.3% have received at least one dose (86.7% fully vaccinated, 56.4% have received a booster).

About 43.5% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (36% fully vaccinated, 1.6% have had boosters); 79.4% of those 18 and older (71.4% fully vaccinated, 30.1% have had boosters) and 94.2% of those 65 and older (83.8% fully vaccinated, 55.6% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 82.4% have received one dose; 72% are fully vaccinated and 26.1% have received a booster shot. 87.4% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.9% are fully vaccinated and 28.7% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.8% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.8% are fully vaccinated and 24.4% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.8% have received one dose, 69.9% are fully vaccinated and 27% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 25, there have been 88,143 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.5% of vaccinated people); 2,559 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.045% of vaccinated people), and there have been 969 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0169% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 3.9 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

MONDAY, JAN. 3: In Fauquier County, 59 cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday, Jan. 3. On Dec. 29, 2021, 189 new COVID-19 cases were reported, beating the previous record, 129, set on Christmas Day. Cases were at 129 on New Year’s Day and 106 Jan. 2.

The one-day total in the county topped 40 cases 14 times in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 9,431 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 126. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, 2021, when it was just eight.

On Sunday, Virginia recorded another record-smashing number of new COVID cases: 19,506. The state added 17,618 on Friday, 14,712 cases on Saturday. In this morning’s data, 7,967 new cases were added. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,160,703 total reported cases (325,240 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 13,265 – 3,382 higher than on Dec. 31, 2021; it has been climbing since Nov. 28, 2021 and is more than double the previous high in January of 2021.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,712 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,061 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 75,486 cases in children younger than 10, 133,967 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Jan. 3, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 27.9%; that is another new record. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 30%, the highest it has ever been. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 29%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death Dec. 29, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 292 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 127 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 83 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – the most recent fatality in a child 0 to 9 was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Monday, the VDH reported two new deaths; Saturday there were 14 and Sunday 12. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,615 (2,577 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 42. (That number is high because of a recalibration of cases on Dec. 28, 2021.)

Hospitalizations

With 11 new hospitalizations reported in the county on Friday, there were a total of 60 new hospitalizations in December. Three were added on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 364 since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Sunday, 556 new COVID-19 hospitalizations were reported, smashing another record. On Dec. 29, 398 new COVID hospitalizations were recorded in Virginia and on Dec. 31, 270 were reported. Until Sunday, they were the number one and two one-day totals since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Monday, 118 new hospitalizations were reported. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 42,835 (2,508 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 291 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days. It is the highest ever seven-day average.

In Monday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 863 people hospitalized, 150 have been older than 80 years old; 165 have been 70 to 79 years old; 172 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 152 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and ninety have been younger than 50. (For 34 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 505 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 597 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Sunday, Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 3 states that 2,292 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19 – 319 more than on Saturday, Jan. 1. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (2,216) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising sharply again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 3 is 498. Two hundred and fifty-nine COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 78,793 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 42,835.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Jan. 3, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Jan. 3, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the schools, since schools have been closed for more than 10 days for winter break. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools will not open again until Jan. 5, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 136 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 13 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

Two new outbreaks were recorded in the RRHD on Friday, Dec. 31. One was in a correctional facility and one was in a healthcare setting. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the RRHD.

There have been a total of 71 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 28 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, five in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 2,000.

The most recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Dec. 24.

In Virginia, outbreaks in long-term care facilities climbed dramatically the week of Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 1. There were 54 outbreaks that week, which ties the previous record, set Dec. 2, to Dec. 12, 2020. The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities has only reached as high as 30 once since January 2021, so the jump to 54 is significant.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,463 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 38,485 cases and 4,650 deaths); 2,230 outbreaks in congregate settings; 331 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 242 in correctional facilities; 167 in college settings; 565 in childcare settings and 1,169 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Jan. 3, there have been a total of 6,167 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 3, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (864 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (29.06% for Fauquier). Those two numbers have been rising rapidly for the last couple of weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

The vaccine information below is as of Jan. 1.

As of Jan. 1, 14,044,320 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 77.4% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.7% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.7% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.1% are fully vaccinated.

An average 27,781 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.8% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 70% are fully vaccinated (23% have received a booster shot). About 86.1% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.7%. About 29.6% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 50.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (41.5% are fully vaccinated, 1.7% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.7% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.1% fully vaccinated, 30.5% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.2% have received at least one dose (86.7% fully vaccinated, 56.1% have received a booster).

About 43.2% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (35.8% fully vaccinated, 1.5% have had boosters); 79.3% of those 18 and older (71.3% fully vaccinated, 29.6% have had boosters) and 94.2% of those 65 and older (83.8% fully vaccinated, 55.3% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 82.2% have received one dose; 71.9% are fully vaccinated and 25.7% have received a booster shot. 87.2% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.8% are fully vaccinated and 28.2% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.7% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.8% are fully vaccinated and 24.4% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.6% have received one dose, 69.8% are fully vaccinated and 27% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 25, there have been 88,143 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.5% of vaccinated people); 2,559 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.045% of vaccinated people), and there have been 969 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0169% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 3.9 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

SATURDAY, JAN. 1: The Virginia Department of Health data provided here is from Dec. 31, except for vaccine data. That is from Jan. 1. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is current as of Jan. 1.

In Fauquier County, 189 new COVID-19 cases were reported Dec. 29, beating the previous record, 129, set on Christmas Day. Fauquier recorded 139 on Dec. 30 and 168 on Dec. 31.

The one-day total in the county topped 40 cases 14 times in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 9.137 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 112. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

On Friday, Virginia recorded another record-smashing number of new COVID cases: 17,618. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,118,518 total reported cases (311,271 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 9,883 – 3,147 higher than on Dec. 30; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,691 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,037 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 74,039 in children younger than 10, 132,116 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 31, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) was 21.5%; that is a new record. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 23.4%, the highest it has ever been. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 29% (as of Jan. 1).

Deaths

Fauquier reported another new COVID-19 death Dec. 29, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 291 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 127 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 82 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59.

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – one more was reported Dec. 29; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Friday, the VDH reported 22 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,587 (2,563 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 42. (That number is high because of a recalibration of cases on Dec. 28.)

Hospitalizations

With 11 new hospitalizations reported in the county on Friday, there have been a total of 60 new hospitalizations in December. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 358 since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Dec. 29, 398 new COVID hospitalizations were recorded in Virginia and on Dec. 31, 270 were reported. They are the number one and two one-day totals since the beginning of the pandemic. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 41,862 (2,494 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 217 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days. It is the highest ever seven-day average.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 848 people hospitalized, 150 have been older than 80 years old; 164 have been 70 to 79 years old; 172 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 152 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-eight have been younger than 50. (For 22 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 485 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 568 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Thursday, Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Jan. 1 states that 2,292 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,972) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Jan. 1 is 464. Two hundred and forty-eight COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 78,422 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 41,862.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Jan. 1, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Jan. 1, 46 active cases of COVID-19, 25 students and 21 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 136 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 13 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

Two new outbreaks were recorded in the RRHD on Friday, Dec. 31. One was in a correctional facility and one was in a healthcare setting. There was also a new outbreak reported Dec. 30 in a long-term care setting in the RRHD.

There have been a total of 71 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 28 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, five in correctional facilities, four in healthcare settings, four in childcare settings, one in a college setting, seven in K-12 settings. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,999.

The most recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Dec. 24.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,453 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 38,359 cases and 4,650 deaths); 2,227 outbreaks in congregate settings; 328 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 241 in correctional facilities; 166 in college settings; 565 in childcare settings and 1,167 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

As of Dec. 31, there have been a total of 6,147 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, 40 more than on Dec. 30.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Jan. 1, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (864 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (29.06% for Fauquier). Those two numbers have been rising rapidly for the last couple of weeks. A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Jan. 1, 14,044,320 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 77.4% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.7% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.7% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78.1% are fully vaccinated.

An average 27,781 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.8% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 70% are fully vaccinated (23% have received a booster shot). About 86.1% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.7%. About 29.6% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 50.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (41.5% are fully vaccinated, 1.7% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.7% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78.1% fully vaccinated, 30.5% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.2% have received at least one dose (86.7% fully vaccinated, 56.1% have received a booster).

About 43.2% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (35.8% fully vaccinated, 1.5% have had boosters); 79.3% of those 18 and older (71.3% fully vaccinated, 29.6% have had boosters) and 94.2% of those 65 and older (83.8% fully vaccinated, 55.3% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 82.2% have received one dose; 71.9% are fully vaccinated and 25.7% have received a booster shot. 87.2% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.8% are fully vaccinated and 28.2% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.7% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.8% are fully vaccinated and 24.4% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.6% have received one dose, 69.8% are fully vaccinated and 27% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 25, there have been 88,143 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.5% of vaccinated people); 2,559 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.045% of vaccinated people), and there have been 969 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0169% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 3.9 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

THURSDAY, DEC. 30: In Fauquier County, 189 new COVID-19 cases were reported Dec. 29, beating the previous record, 129, set on Christmas Day. Fauquier recorded 139 today, Dec. 30.

The one-day total in the county has topped 40 cases 13 times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,969 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 100. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

On Wednesday, Virginia recorded a record-smashing 12,112 new COVID-19 cases. That record, however, was short-lived. Today’s total is 13,500. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,100,900 total reported cases (304,768 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 6,736 – 1,881 higher than Dec. 29; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

COVID-19 case numbers in Fauquier

COVID-19 case numbers in Fauquier since September.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,684 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,023 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 73,327 in children younger than 10, 131,041 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 29, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 19.3%; it hasn’t been that high since May of 2020. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 21.8%; it last reached that rate in May of 2020. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 23.24%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported another new COVID-19 death Dec. 29, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 291 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 126 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 82 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59. (For one of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, seven children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19 – one more than was reported yesterday; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Thursday, the VDH reported 24 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,565 (2,558 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 44 (That number is high because of a recalibration of cases on Dec. 28.)

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported three new COVID-19 hospitalizations today, a new hospitalization Dec. 24, three on Dec. 25 and four on Dec. 26. So far in December, there have been 49 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 347 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

virginia hospitalizations dec 30, 2021

Hospitalizations in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Wednesday, 398 new COVID hospitalizations were recorded in Virginia and on Thursday, 255 were reported. They are the number one and two one-day totals since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous highest number of new hospitalizations – 188 -- was reached almost exactly a year ago, on Dec. 23, 2020. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 41,592 (2,489 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 198 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days. It is the highest ever seven-day average.

In Thursday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 834 people hospitalized, 148 have been older than 80 years old; 163 have been 70 to 79 years old; 171 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 151 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-seven have been younger than 50. (For 14 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 485 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 568 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 30 states that 2,101 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,791) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 30 is 418. Two hundred and fifty-two COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 78,065 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 41,592.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 30, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Dec. 30, 46 active cases of COVID-19, 25 students and 21 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 136 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 13 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

There was a new outbreak reported yesterday in a long-term care setting in the RRHD. It has not shown up yet on the list of specific facilities.

There have been a total of 69 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 28 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,985.

The most recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Dec. 24.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,435 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 38,167 cases and 4,648 deaths); 2,217 outbreaks in congregate settings; 329 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 237 in correctional facilities; 165 in college settings; 560 in childcare settings and 1,164 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 6,107 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Thursday’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 30, is rated “high,” as are all other counties in Virginia.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (679 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (23.24% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

The vaccine data below is from Dec. 29.

As of Dec. 29, 13,912,371 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 77% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.4% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.4% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78% are fully vaccinated.

An average 29,972 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.5% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.9% are fully vaccinated (22% have received a booster shot). About 85.9% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.6%. About 28.4% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 49.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (40.8% are fully vaccinated, 1.3% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.4% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78% fully vaccinated, 29.4% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.1% have received at least one dose (86.6% fully vaccinated, 55.1% have received a booster).

About 42.7% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (35.4% fully vaccinated, 1.3% have had boosters); 79.1% of those 18 and older (71.2% fully vaccinated, 28.4% have had boosters) and 94% of those 65 and older (83.7% fully vaccinated, 54.3% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.9% have received one dose; 71.7% are fully vaccinated and 24.6% have received a booster shot. 86.9% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.7% are fully vaccinated and 27.1% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.4% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.6% are fully vaccinated and 23.4% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.4% have received one dose, 69.7% are fully vaccinated and 25.8% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 18, there have been 78,538 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.4% of vaccinated people); 2,376 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 926 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0162% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.1 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29: In Fauquier County, 189 new COVID-19 cases were reported Dec. 29, beating the previous record, 129, set on Christmas Day.

The one-day total in the county has topped 40 cases 13 times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,830 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 88. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia also set a record today: 12,112. Before today, the second- and third-highest totals ever were 8,756 on Christmas Eve and 8,609 on Christmas Day. The previous one-day high, at 9,914 was on Jan. 17. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,087,400 total reported cases (299,862 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 6,736 – 1,172 higher than Dec. 28; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,675 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 3,006 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 72,604 in children younger than 10, 130,017 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 29, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 17.4%; it hasn’t been that high since May of 2020. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 18.6%; it last reached that rate in May of 2020. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 20.45%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported another new COVID-19 death today, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13, 22 and 28; there have been 95 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 291 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 126 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 82 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59. (For one of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Wednesday, the VDH reported 37 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,541 (2,555 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 45.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported a new hospitalization Dec. 24, three on Dec. 25 and four on Dec. 26. So far in December, there have been 46 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 344 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

On Wednesday, 398 new COVID hospitalizations were recorded in Virginia. On Christmas Day, 181 new hospitalizations were reported; before today, it was the second-highest total of the pandemic. The previous highest number of new hospitalizations – 188 -- was reached almost exactly a year ago, on Dec. 23, 2020. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 41,337 (2,486 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 181 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Wednesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 831 people hospitalized, 147 have been older than 80 years old; 163 have been 70 to 79 years old; 170 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 148 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-six have been younger than 50. (For 17 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 470 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 569 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

hospitalizations dec. 29, 2021

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 29 states that 2,014 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19 – up 342 since yesterday. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,716) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 29 is 412. Two hundred and forty-two COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support – up 19 since yesterday’s reporting.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 77,859 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 41,337.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 29, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Dec. 29, 46 active cases of COVID-19, 25 students and 21 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 136 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 13 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

There was a new outbreak reported today in a long-term care setting in the RRHD. It has not shown up yet on the list of specific facilities.

There have been a total of 69 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 28 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,984.

The most recent outbreak listed on the VDH website was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Dec. 24.

In Virginia, the VDH data reports that 1,425 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,870 cases and 4,628 deaths); 2,210 outbreaks in congregate settings; 329 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 234 in correctional facilities; 165 in college settings; 559 in childcare settings and 1,161 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 6,083 outbreaks in Virginia – 44 more than yesterday -- since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Wednesday’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 29, is rated “high,” as are all but one other county in Virginia. Brunswick County is labeled “substantial.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (608 for Fauquier, up from 455 yesterday and up from 372 Monday) and percent positivity (20.45% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 29, 13,912,371 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 77% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.4% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.4% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 78% are fully vaccinated.

An average 29,972 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.5% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.9% are fully vaccinated (22% have received a booster shot). About 85.9% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.6%. About 28.4% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 49.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (40.8% are fully vaccinated, 1.3% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.4% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (78% fully vaccinated, 29.4% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96.1% have received at least one dose (86.6% fully vaccinated, 55.1% have received a booster).

About 42.7% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (35.4% fully vaccinated, 1.3% have had boosters); 79.1% of those 18 and older (71.2% fully vaccinated, 28.4% have had boosters) and 94% of those 65 and older (83.7% fully vaccinated, 54.3% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.9% have received one dose; 71.7% are fully vaccinated and 24.6% have received a booster shot. 86.9% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.7% are fully vaccinated and 27.1% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.4% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.6% are fully vaccinated and 23.4% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.4% have received one dose, 69.7% are fully vaccinated and 25.8% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 18, there have been 78,538 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.4% of vaccinated people); 2,376 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 926 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0162% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.1 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

TUESDAY, DEC. 28: In Fauquier County, 93 new COVID-19 cases were reported Dec. 28; there were 33 cases reported Sunday and Monday; 81 new COVID-19 cases reported Dec. 24 and 129, a new record, on Christmas Day.

The one-day total in the county has topped 40 cases 12 times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,641 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 69. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 7,439 on Dec. 28. The second- and third-highest totals ever were 8,756 on Christmas Eve and 8,609 on Christmas Day. The highest, at 9,914 was on Jan. 17. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,075,288 total reported cases (294,641 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 6,736 – 1,601 higher than Dec. 27; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,662 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,993 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 72,052 in children younger than 10, 129,159 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 28, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 15.9%; it hasn’t been that high since Jan. 9. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 17.4%; it last reached that rate in May of 2020. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 20.25%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death today, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 13 and 22; there have been 94 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 290 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 126 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 81 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 36 deaths in those younger than 59. (For one of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Tuesday, the VDH reported 185 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,504 (2,545 probable). Thirty-seven were reported on Christmas Eve, 23 on Christmas Day and no deaths were reported Dec. 26 and two on Dec. 27. The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 47.

The VDH website reported an explanation of its website for why reported deaths were so high today: “On Dec. 28, 167 COVID-19 associated deaths were added to the VDH dashboard. These deaths were Virginia residents who died in a state other than Virginia in 2020. There is a long delay before Virginia receives these death reports. VDH assesses out-of-state death reports at the end of the following year.”

Subtracting the 167 from today’s total, 185, leaves a one-day total of 18 deaths reported today in Virginia.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported a new hospitalization Dec. 24, three on Dec. 25 and four on Dec. 26. So far in December, there have been 46 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 344 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

On Tuesday, 142 new hospitalizations were recorded in Virginia. On Christmas Day, 181 new hospitalizations were reported in Virginia, the second-highest total of the pandemic. The highest number of new hospitalizations – 188 -- was reached almost exactly a year ago, on Dec. 23, 2020. On Monday, the state added 129 new hospitalizations; on Friday, there were 143 in the state and there were 141 on Dec. 26. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,939 (2,476 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 143 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Monday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 832 people hospitalized, 147 have been older than 80 years old; 163 have been 70 to 79 years old; 170 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 148 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-four have been younger than 50. (For 20 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 472 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 578 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Monday, Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 28 states that 1,672 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19 – up 234 since yesterday. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,650) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 28 is 407. Two hundred and thirty-seven COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support – up 19 since yesterday’s reporting.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 77,613 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,939.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 28, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Dec. 28, 46 active cases of COVID-19, 25 students and 21 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 135 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 12 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

A new outbreak was reported Dec. 17 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Fewer than five cases had been reported as of Dec. 24.

There have been a total of 68 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 27 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,970.

The VDH data reports that 1,405 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,870 cases and 4,628 deaths); 2,206 outbreaks in congregate settings; 328 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 231 in correctional facilities; 164 in college settings; 549 in childcare settings and 1,156 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 6,039 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Monday’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 27, is rated “high,” as are all but two other counties in Virginia. Two are labeled “substantial.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (455 for Fauquier, up from 372 yesterday) and percent positivity (20.25% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 28, 13,882,230 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 76.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.4% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.3% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.9% are fully vaccinated.

An average 34,478 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.4% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.8% are fully vaccinated (21.8% have received a booster shot). About 85.8% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.6%. About 28.1% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 49.4% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (40.7% are fully vaccinated, 1.3% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.3% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.9% fully vaccinated, 29.1% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96% have received at least one dose (86.6% fully vaccinated, 54.9% have received a booster).

About 42.6% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (35.3% fully vaccinated, 1.2% have had boosters); 79% of those 18 and older (71.2% fully vaccinated, 28.1% have had boosters) and 94% of those 65 and older (83.7% fully vaccinated, 53.9% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.8% have received one dose; 71.6% are fully vaccinated and 24.4% have received a booster shot. 86.8% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.6% are fully vaccinated and 26.8% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.3% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.6% are fully vaccinated and 23.1% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.4% have received one dose, 69.7% are fully vaccinated and 25.5% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 18, there have been 78,538 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.4% of vaccinated people); 2,376 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 926 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0162% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.1 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

MONDAY, DEC. 27: In Fauquier County, 33 new COVID-19 cases reported Dec. 27; there were 81 new COVID-19 cases reported Dec. 24 and 129, a new record, on Christmas Day. The previous record of 89 was set on Jan. 17.

The one-day total in the county has topped 40 cases 11 times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,548 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 62. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 4,472 on Dec. 27. The second- and third-highest totals were 8,756 on Christmas Eve and 8,609 on Christmas Day. The highest, at 9,914 was on Jan. 17. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,067,849 total reported cases (291,617 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 5,135 – 1,172 higher than Dec. 24; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,649 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,976 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 71,517 in children younger than 10, 128,252 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 27, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 14.5%; it hasn’t been that high since Jan. 13. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 16.2%; it last reached that rate in May of 2020. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 12.26%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death Dec. 22, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10 and 13; there have been 93 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 289 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 126 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 81 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 35 deaths in those younger than 59. (For one of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Monday, the VDH reported just two new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,319 (2,459 probable). Thirty-seven were reported on Christmas Eve, 23 on Christmas Day and no deaths were reported Dec. 26. The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 26.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported another new hospitalization Dec. 24, three on Dec. 25 and four on Dec. 26. So far in December, there have been 46 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 344 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

On Christmas Day, 181 new hospitalizations were reported in Virginia, the second-highest total of the pandemic. The highest number of new hospitalizations – 188 -- was reached almost exactly a year ago, on Dec. 23, 2020. On Monday, the state added 129 new hospitalizations; on Friday, there were 143 in the state and there were 141 on Dec. 26. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,797 (2,463 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 134 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Monday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 829 people hospitalized, 146 have been older than 80 years old; 163 have been 70 to 79 years old; 170 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 148 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-three have been younger than 50. (For 19 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 463 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 567 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Sunday, Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 27 states that 1,672 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,594) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 27 is 399. Two hundred and eighteen COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 77,349 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,797.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 27, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Dec. 27, 46 active cases of COVID-19, 25 students and 21 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 135 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 12 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 68 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 27 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,967.

The VDH data reports that 1,403 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,870 cases and 4,628 deaths); 2,200 outbreaks in congregate settings; 327 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 231 in correctional facilities; 163 in college settings; 546 in childcare settings and 1,153 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 6,023 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Monday’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 27, is rated “high,” as are all but three other counties in Virginia. Two are labeled “substantial” and one is labeled “moderate.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (372 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (12.26% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 27, 13,865,152 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 76.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.4% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.3% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.9% are fully vaccinated.

An average 40,173 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.4% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.8% are fully vaccinated (21.7% have received a booster shot). About 85.8% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.6%. About 27.9% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 49.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (40.5% are fully vaccinated, 1.2% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.3% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.9% fully vaccinated, 28.9% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96% have received at least one dose (86.6% fully vaccinated, 54.8% have received a booster).

About 42.6% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (35.3% fully vaccinated, 1.1% have had boosters); 79% of those 18 and older (71.2% fully vaccinated, 27.9% have had boosters) and 94% of those 65 and older (83.6% fully vaccinated, 53.8% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.7% have received one dose; 71.6% are fully vaccinated and 24.3% have received a booster shot. 86.8% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.6% are fully vaccinated and 26.7% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.3% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.5% are fully vaccinated and 23% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.3% have received one dose, 69.6% are fully vaccinated and 25.4% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 18, there have been 78,538 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.4% of vaccinated people); 2,376 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 926 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0162% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.1 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

Weekly update

The weekly update on COVID-19 in the commonwealth – provided by the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute -- was released Dec. 23, one day early because of the Christmas holiday. The key takeaways from the report:

  • Case rates continue to grow across the commonwealth and remain at a high level. Currently, 21 of 35 health districts are in surge trajectories, while nine are in slow growth.
  • The statewide reproduction rate is still above one.
  • The Omicron scenario projects a sudden surge, reaching 15,000 daily cases in late January. This is more than twice the maximum rate seen during the winter 2021 surge. Holiday travel and activities may contribute to an even larger surge.
  • The CDC estimates that Omicron now accounts for more than 75% of new cases in the mid-Atlantic region.

The report continues, “The Omicron variant was first detected in Virginia on Dec. 9, and this week accounts for a CDC estimated 75.8% of all new cases in Virginia. Though there is some preliminary evidence that it may not be quite as severe as Delta, it still poses a serious health risk.

“Furthermore, with its increased immune escape, it has the potential to cause a significant number of reinfections, as well as another major surge.”

The VDH offers recommendations on how to stay safe this holiday season:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible and get a booster when eligible.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public places and reconsider public indoor activities where masking is difficult (e.g. indoor dining).
  • Gather outside or in well ventilated areas and maintain distance when possible.
  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness.

SUNDAY, DEC. 26: The information provided below was updated on different days. Most VDH information is as of Dec. 24; CDC data is as of Dec. 26; VHHA is as of Dec. 25.

The weekly update on COVID-19 in the commonwealth – provided by the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute -- was released Dec. 23, one day early because of the upcoming Christmas holiday. The key takeaways from the report:

  • Case rates continue to grow across the commonwealth and remain at a high level. Currently, 21 of 35 health districts are in surge trajectories, while nine are in slow growth.
  • The statewide reproduction rate is still above one.
  • The Omicron scenario projects a sudden surge, reaching 15,000 daily cases in late January. This is more than twice the maximum rate seen during the winter 2021 surge. Holiday travel and activities may contribute to an even larger surge.
  • The CDC estimates that Omicron now accounts for more than 75% of new cases in the mid-Atlantic region.

The report continues, “The Omicron variant was first detected in Virginia on Dec. 9, and this week accounts for a CDC estimated 75.8% of all new cases in Virginia. Though there is some preliminary evidence that it may not be quite as severe as Delta, it still poses a serious health risk.

“Furthermore, with its increased immune escape, it has the potential to cause a significant number of reinfections, as well as another major surge.”

The VDH offers recommendations on how to stay safe this holiday season:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible and get a booster when eligible.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public places and reconsider public indoor activities where masking is difficult (e.g. indoor dining).
  • Gather outside or in well ventilated areas and maintain distance when possible.
  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness.

Cases

In Fauquier County, there were 81 new COVID-19 cases reported Dec. 24; the daily number has only been higher once since the beginning of the pandemic. The high of 89 was recorded on Jan. 17.

The one-day total in the county has topped 40 ten times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,353 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 46. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 8,756 on Dec. 24; it is the second-highest one-day total since the beginning of the pandemic. The highest, at 9,914 was on Jan. 17. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,049,336 total reported cases (284,335 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 5,135 – 757 higher than Dec. 23; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,635 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,961 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 70,969 in children younger than 10, 127,469 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 24, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 11.3%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 13.7%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 12.26%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death Dec. 22, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10 and 13; there have been 93 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 289 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 126 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 81 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 35 deaths in those younger than 59. (For one of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Friday, the VDH reported 37 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,294 (2,449 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 30.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported another new hospitalization Dec. 24. So far in December, there have been 39 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 337 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

On Friday, the state added 143 new hospitalizations; on Thursday, 132 new hospitalizations were added, a one-day tally not seen since Sept. 18. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,346 (2,455 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 55 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days; that number is low because hospitalizations were recently reevaluated and hundreds were removed from the total.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 817 people hospitalized, 146 have been older than 80 years old; 163 have been 70 to 79 years old; 169 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 148 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-two have been younger than 50. (For nine of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 457 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 546 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Thursday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 25 states that 1,634 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,530) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 25 is 376. Two hundred and nine COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 77,118 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,346.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 26, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Dec. 25, 46 active cases of COVID-19, 25 students and 21 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 135 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 12 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 68 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 27 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,962.

The VDH data reports that 1,403 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,773 cases and 4,621 deaths); 2,199 outbreaks in congregate settings; 327 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 231 in correctional facilities; 163 in college settings; 546 in childcare settings and 1,150 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 6,019 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Friday’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 26, is rated “high,” as are all but three other counties in Virginia. Two are labeled “substantial” and one is labeled “moderate.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (372 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (12.26% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 24, 13,825,265 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 76.8% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.3% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88.2% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.8% are fully vaccinated.

An average 38,993 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.3% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.8% are fully vaccinated (21.3% have received a booster shot). About 85.7% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.5%. About 27.4% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 49.2% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (40.4% are fully vaccinated, 1.1% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88.2% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.8% fully vaccinated, 28.6% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 96% have received at least one dose (86.6% fully vaccinated, 54.5% have received a booster).

About 42.2% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (35.2% fully vaccinated, 1% have had boosters); 78.9% of those 18 and older (71.1% fully vaccinated, 27.4% have had boosters) and 93.9% of those 65 and older (83.6% fully vaccinated, 53.4% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.6% have received one dose; 71.5% are fully vaccinated and 23.9% have received a booster shot. 86.7% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.6% are fully vaccinated and 26.3% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72.2% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.5% are fully vaccinated and 22.5% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.3% have received one dose, 69.6% are fully vaccinated and 24.9% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 18, there have been 78,538 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.4% of vaccinated people); 2,376 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 926 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0162% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.1 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

THURSDAY, DEC. 23: The weekly update on COVID-19 in the commonwealth – provided by the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute -- was released today, one day early because of the upcoming Christmas holiday. The key takeaways from the report:

  • Case rates continue to grow across the commonwealth and remain at a high level. Currently, 21 of 35 health districts are in surge trajectories, while nine are in slow growth.
  • The statewide reproduction rate is still above one.
  • The Omicron scenario projects a sudden surge, reaching 15,000 daily cases in late January. This is more than twice the maximum rate seen during the winter 2021 surge. Holiday travel and activities may contribute to an even larger surge.
  • The CDC estimates that Omicron now accounts for more than 75% of new cases in the mid-Atlantic region.

The report continues, “The Omicron variant was first detected in Virginia on Dec. 9, and this week accounts for a CDC estimated 75.8% of all new cases in Virginia. Though there is some preliminary evidence that it may not be quite as severe as Delta, it still poses a serious health risk.

“Furthermore, with its increased immune escape, it has the potential to cause a significant number of reinfections, as well as another major surge.”

The VDH offers recommendations on how to stay safe this holiday season:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible and get a booster when eligible.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public places and reconsider public indoor activities where masking is difficult (e.g. indoor dining).
  • Gather outside or in well ventilated areas and maintain distance when possible.
  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness.

Cases

In Fauquier County, there were 58 new COVID-19 cases reported today, 57 cases yesterday; the daily number has only been higher three times since the beginning of the pandemic; all of those tallies were in January. The one-day total has topped 40 nine times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,272 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 39. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 6,473 today; it is the third-highest one-day total since the beginning of the pandemic. The other two were in January. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,040,580 total reported cases (280,371 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 4,378 – 803 higher than yesterday; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,625 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,947 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 70,535 in children younger than 10, 126,819 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 23, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 10.6%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 12.9%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 12.36%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death yesterday, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10 and 13; there have been 93 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 286 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 125 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 80 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For one of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Thursday, the VDH reported 33 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,257 (2,444 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 29.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported another new hospitalization today. So far in December, there have been 38 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 336 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

Today the state added 132 new hospitalizations; yesterday 136 new hospitalizations were added, a one-day tally not seen since Sept. 18. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,203 (2,447 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 24 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days; that number is low because hospitalizations were recently reevaluated and hundreds were removed from the total.

In Thursday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 812 people hospitalized, 146 have been older than 80 years old; 160 have been 70 to 79 years old; 167 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 148 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-two have been younger than 50. (For nine of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 456 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 541 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 23 states that 1,574 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,473) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 23 is 382. Two hundred and four COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 76,764 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,203.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 23, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Dec. 23, 46 active cases of COVID-19, 25 students and 21 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 134 total outbreaks reported and 62 of them were in K-12 settings; 11 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 68 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 27 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,962.

The VDH data reports that 1,402 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,773 cases and 4,621 deaths); 2,192 outbreaks in congregate settings; 327 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 231 in correctional facilities; 163 in college settings; 542 in childcare settings and 1,145 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 6,002 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to today’s VDH dashboard – 28 more than yesterday.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 23, is rated “high,” as are all but five other counties in Virginia. Three are labeled “substantial” and two are labeled “moderate.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (352 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (12.36% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 23, 13,765,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 76.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.2% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 88% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.8% are fully vaccinated.

An average 37,918 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73.1% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.7% are fully vaccinated (20.8% have received a booster shot). About 85.7% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.5%. About 26.9% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 48.9% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (40.2% are fully vaccinated, 0.9% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 88% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.8% fully vaccinated, 28% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.9% have received at least one dose (86.5% fully vaccinated, 54% have received a booster).

About 41.8% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (34.9% fully vaccinated, 0.8% have had boosters); 78.8% of those 18 and older (71.1% fully vaccinated, 26.9% have had boosters) and 93.8% of those 65 and older (83.6% fully vaccinated, 52.9% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.4% have received one dose; 71.4% are fully vaccinated and 23.4% have received a booster shot. 86.5% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.5% are fully vaccinated and 25.8% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 72% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.4% are fully vaccinated and 22.1% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.2% have received one dose, 69.6% are fully vaccinated and 24.4% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 11, there have been 72,322 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.3% of vaccinated people); 2,398 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 919 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0163% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.2 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22: In Fauquier County, there were 57 new COVID-19 cases reported today; the daily number has only been higher three times since the beginning of the pandemic. The one-day total has topped 40 eight times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,214 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 38. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 5,972 today; the last time Virginia recorded a one-day total that high was on Sept. 10. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,034,107 total reported cases (278,156 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 3,575 – 405 higher than yesterday; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,613 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,928 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 70,080 in children younger than 10, 126,053 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 22, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 10%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 12.5%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 11.67%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death today, after reporting new deaths on Dec. 3, 9, 10 and 13; there have been 94 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 286 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 125 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 80 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For one of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died.

Wednesday, the VDH reported 50 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,224 (2,443 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 28.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported another new hospitalization today. So far in December, there have been 37 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 335 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

Today the state added 136 new hospitalizations, a one-day tally not seen since Sept. 18. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,071 (2,447 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of -7 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days because of a recent reevaluation of cases.

In Wednesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 811 people hospitalized, 146 have been older than 80 years old; 160 have been 70 to 79 years old; 167 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 148 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-two have been younger than 50. (For eight of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 456 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 533 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 22 states that 1,550 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,452) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 22 is 379. Two hundred and nine COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 76,625 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,071.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 22, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Dec. 22, 46 active cases of COVID-19, 25 students and 21 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so cumulative COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 132 total outbreaks reported and 62 of them were in K-12 settings; 11 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are no active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There is 1 active case.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no  active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 7 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are no active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 68 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 27 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,962.

The VDH data reports that 1,397 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,773 cases and 4,621 deaths); 2,182 outbreaks in congregate settings; 323 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 230 in correctional facilities; 161 in college settings; 539 in childcare settings and 1,142 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 5,974 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to today’s VDH dashboard – 22 more than yesterday.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 22, is rated “high,” as are all but four other counties in Virginia, which are labeled “substantial.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (338 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (11.67% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 22, 13,715,418 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 76.5% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.1% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 87.9% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.7% are fully vaccinated.

An average 37,669 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.6% are fully vaccinated (20.5% have received a booster shot). About 85.6% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.5%. About 26.5% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 48.7% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (40% are fully vaccinated, 0.8% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 87.9% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.7% fully vaccinated, 27.6% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.8% have received at least one dose (86.5% fully vaccinated, 53.6% have received a booster).

About 41.5% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (34.7% fully vaccinated, 0.7% have had boosters); 78.8% of those 18 and older (71.1% fully vaccinated, 26.5% have had boosters) and 93.8% of those 65 and older (83.6% fully vaccinated, 52.6% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.3% have received one dose; 71.4% are fully vaccinated and 23% have received a booster shot. 86.4% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.4% are fully vaccinated and 25.3% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 71.9% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.3% are fully vaccinated and 21.7% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77.1% have received one dose, 69.5% are fully vaccinated and 24% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 11, there have been 72,322 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.3% of vaccinated people); 2,398 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 919 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0163% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.2 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

TUESDAY, DEC. 21: In Fauquier County, there were 42 new COVID-19 cases reported today. The daily number has topped 40 seven times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,157 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 36. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 4,437 today; the last time Virginia recorded a one-day total that high was on Sept. 10. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,028,135 total reported cases (276,087 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 3,575; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,599 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,908 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 69,639 in children younger than 10, 125,339 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 21, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 9.6%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 11.8%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 10.91%.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death each on Dec. 3, 9, 10 and 13; there have been 92 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 285 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 125 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 79 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For one of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died. The latest fatality in the 10 to 19 age group was reported Nov. 3 in the Central Health District.

Tuesday, the VDH reported 38 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,194 (2,448 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 26.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported another new hospitalization today. So far in December, there have been 36 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 334 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

According to the VDH, the total number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state was lower than previously thought, but today the state added 75 new hospitalizations. The total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 39,935 (2,443 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of -43 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days because of the reevaluation of cases.

In Tuesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 812 people hospitalized, 145 have been older than 80 years old; 160 have been 70 to 79 years old; 167 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 147 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-two have been younger than 50. (For 11 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 454 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 530 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Monday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 21 states that 1,518 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,431) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 21 is 378. Two hundred and thirteen COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

hospitalizations

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 76,468 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 39,935.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 20, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

As of Dec. 20, 75 active cases of COVID-19, 47 students and 28 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

The schools began winter break on Monday, Dec. 20, so COVID-19 numbers will not be updated until early January.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 132 total outbreaks reported and 63 of them were in K-12 settings; 11 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are 4 active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 3 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There is 1 active case.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There is 1 active case.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 6 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There is 1 active case.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 8 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are 2 active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There is 1 active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 5 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 5 active cases.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 68 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 27 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,962.

The VDH data reports that 1,395 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,773 cases and 4,621 deaths); 2,174 outbreaks in congregate settings; 322 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 229 in correctional facilities; 160 in college settings; 533 in childcare settings and 1,137 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 5,952 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to today’s VDH dashboard – 21 more than yesterday.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 21, is rated “high,” as are all but four other counties in Virginia, which are labeled “substantial.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (311 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (10.91% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 21, 13,661,704 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 76.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67.1% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 87.8% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.7% are fully vaccinated.

An average 38,448 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.6% are fully vaccinated (20.1% have received a booster shot). About 85.5% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.4%. About 26% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 48.5% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (39.8% are fully vaccinated, 0.6% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 87.8% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.7% fully vaccinated, 27% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.8% have received at least one dose (86.5% fully vaccinated, 53.2% have received a booster).

About 41.4% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (34.6% fully vaccinated, 0.5% have had boosters); 78.7% of those 18 and older (71% fully vaccinated, 26% have had boosters) and 93.7% of those 65 and older (83.6% fully vaccinated, 52.2% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.1% have received one dose; 71.3% are fully vaccinated and 22.6% have received a booster shot. 86.3% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.4% are fully vaccinated and 24.8% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 71.8% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.3% are fully vaccinated and 21.3% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77% have received one dose, 69.5% are fully vaccinated and 23.5% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 11, there have been 72,322 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.3% of vaccinated people); 2,398 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 919 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0163% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.2 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

MONDAY, DEC. 20: In Fauquier County, there were 26 new COVID-19 cases today, 32 Saturday and 28 Sunday. The daily number has topped 40 six times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,115 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 34. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia topped 4,000 on Saturday; they were tallied at 2,991 today. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,023,698 total reported cases (274,239 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 3,286; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,585 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,895 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 69,308 in children younger than 10, 124,739 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 20, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 9.3%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 11.1%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 10.58%.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 20, 607 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 440 students and 167 staff members.

There are currently 75 active cases of COVID-19, 47 students and 28 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, there were 114 total outbreaks reported and 56 of them were in K-12 settings; 10 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are 4 active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 26 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 2 active cases.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 3 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There is 1 active case.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There is 1 active case.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 6 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There is 1 active case.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 8 active cases.
  • 37 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 3 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are 2 active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There is 1 active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 5 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 42 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 17) There are 5 active cases.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death each on Dec. 3, 9, 10 and 13; there have been 92 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 285 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 124 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 79 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 46 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For two of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died. The latest fatality in the 10 to 19 age group was reported Nov. 3 in the Central Health District.

Monday, the VDH reported no new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia; there were 32 on Saturday and 21 on Sunday. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,136 (2,442 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 26.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported new hospitalizations (one each day) on Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19. So far in December, there have been 35 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 333 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 20 that the hospital was treating fewer than 10 COVID-19 patients.

According to the VDH, the total number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state has continued to decrease since Dec. 14; the total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 39,860 (2,436 probable). (Sometimes when the VDH reexamines cases, cases drop off the hospitalization list.) The state is reporting a weekly average of -63 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days because of the reevaluation of cases.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 805 people hospitalized, 144 have been older than 80 years old; 159 have been 70 to 79 years old; 164 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 147 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-one have been younger than 50. (For 10 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 454 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 530 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Sunday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 20 states that 1,436 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,404) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 20 is 368. Two hundred and eight COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 76,273 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 39.860.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 68 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic – one more, in a long-term care facility, than was reported on Friday. The VDH has not listed the new outbreak in its list of exposure settings, so it is not known where the most recent outbreak occurred.

There have been 27 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,962.

The VDH data reports that 1,395 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,759 cases and 4,617 deaths); 2,162 outbreaks in congregate settings; 322 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 229 in correctional facilities; 160 in college settings; 526 in childcare settings and 1,132 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 5,931 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to today’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 20, is rated “high,” as are all but five other counties in Virginia, which are labeled “substantial.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (311 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (10.58% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 20, 13,635,579 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 76.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 67% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 87.7% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.7% are fully vaccinated.

An average 39,362 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 73% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.6% are fully vaccinated (19.9% have received a booster shot). About 85.5% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.4%. About 25.8% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 48.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (39.6% are fully vaccinated, 0.6% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 87.7% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.7% fully vaccinated, 26.8% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.7% have received at least one dose (86.4% fully vaccinated, 53% have received a booster).

About 41.4% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (34.6% fully vaccinated, 0.5% have had boosters); 78.7% of those 18 and older (71% fully vaccinated, 25.8% have had boosters) and 93.7% of those 65 and older (83.6% fully vaccinated, 52% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 81.1% have received one dose; 71.2% are fully vaccinated and 22.4% have received a booster shot. 86.3% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.4% are fully vaccinated and 23.4% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 71.8% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.3% are fully vaccinated and 20.2% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 77% have received one dose, 69.5% are fully vaccinated and 22.3% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 11, there have been 72,322 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.3% of vaccinated people); 2,398 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 919 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0163% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.2 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

FRIDAY, DEC. 17: In Fauquier County, there were 27 new COVID-19 cases today, 53 yesterday and 43 Wednesday. The daily number has topped 40 six times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,029 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 32. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 3,457 today after reaching 3,135 Wednesday and 3,688 Thursday. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,013,390 total reported cases (270,280 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 2,760; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,568 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,877 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 68,626 cases in children younger than 10, 123,697 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 17, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 8.6%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 11.3%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 12.36%.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 17, 604 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 438 students and 166 staff members.

There are currently 72 active cases of COVID-19, 45 students and 27 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 16, because of contact with positive cases, 206 students are currently quarantining – 36 more than last week. Five staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 5 to 11, there were 110 total outbreaks reported and 36 of them were in K-12 settings; 12 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are 4 active cases.
  • 44 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 25 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 32 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8, 1 on Dec. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 3 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There is 1 active case.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There is 1 active case.
  • 19 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 6 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There is 1 active case.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 8 active cases.
  • 36 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 13) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are 2 active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There is 1 active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 4 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 16 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 13 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8, 2 on Dec. 14, 1 on Dec. 15 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 5 active cases.
  • 5 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 29 and 1 on Dec. 16) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 10 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 22 and 2 on Dec. 16) There are 2 active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 7 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2 on Dec. 14 and 1 on Dec. 16) There are 3 active cases.
  • 41 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec.13 and 1 on Dec. 15) There are 4 active cases.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death each on Dec. 9, 10 and 13. The last fatality prior to those was on Friday, Dec. 3; there have been 92 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 282 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 123 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 79 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 44 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For two of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died. The latest fatality in the 10 to 19 age group was reported Nov. 3 in the Central Health District.

Friday, the VDH reported 28 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,083 (2,426 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 27.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported a new hospitalization again today. So far in December, there have been 33 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 331 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 7 that the hospital was treating about eight COVID-19 patients.

According to the VDH, the total number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state has decreased by 337 since Tuesday; the total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 39,963 (2,423 probable). (Sometimes when the VDH reexamines cases, cases drop off the hospitalization list.) The state is reporting a weekly average of -55 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days because of the reevaluation of cases.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 800 people hospitalized, 144 have been older than 80 years old; 159 have been 70 to 79 years old; 163 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 146 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-one have been younger than 50. (For seven of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 451 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 527 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Thursday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 17 states that 1,403 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,342) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 17 is 336. One hundred and eighty-six COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 75,941 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,038.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 67 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 26 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,953.

The VDH data reports that 1,393 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,735 cases and 4,610 deaths); 2,147 outbreaks in congregate settings; 321 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 229 in correctional facilities; 160 in college settings; 526 in childcare settings and 1,116 K-12 outbreaks being reported. According to the VDH, there have been 37 outbreaks in K-12 settings in the last two days.

There have been a total of 5,892 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic – 25 more than yesterday -- according to today’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 16, is rated “high,” as are all but five other counties in Virginia, which are labeled “substantial.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (283 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (11.38% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 17, 13,510,787 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 76% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.8% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 87.5% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.5% are fully vaccinated.

An average 42,361 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 72.8% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.4% are fully vaccinated (19.1% have received a booster shot). About 85.3% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.3%. About 24.7% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 47.7% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (39% are fully vaccinated, 0.3% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 87.5% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.5% fully vaccinated, 25.6% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.6% have received at least one dose (86.4% fully vaccinated, 51.9% have received a booster).

About 41% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (34.1% fully vaccinated, 0.2% have had boosters); 78.5% of those 18 and older (70.9% fully vaccinated, 24.7% have had boosters) and 93.6% of those 65 and older (83.5% fully vaccinated, 51% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 80.7% have received one dose; 71% are fully vaccinated and 21.3% have received a booster shot. 86% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.2% are fully vaccinated and 23.5% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 71.6% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.1% are fully vaccinated and 20.2% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 76.9% have received one dose, 69.3% are fully vaccinated and 22.3% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 11, there have been 72,322 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.3% of vaccinated people); 2,398 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.042% of vaccinated people), and there have been 919 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.0163% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.2 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

THURSDAY, DEC. 16: In Fauquier County, there were 53 new COVID-19 cases today, 43 yesterday. The one-day total hasn’t been this high since Jan. 25, when it was 65. The daily number has topped 40 six times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 8,002 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 33. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 3,688 Thursday after reaching 3,135 Wednesday. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,006,245 total reported cases (268,929 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 2,673; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,554 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,865 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 68,262 cases in children younger than 10, 123,234 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 16, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 8.5%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 11.7%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 12.36%.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 16, 588 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 431 students and 157 staff members.

There are currently 58 active cases of COVID-19, 39 students and 19 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 9, because of contact with positive cases, 170 students are currently quarantining – 37 more than last week. Three staff members are currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Dec. 5 to 11, there were 108 total outbreaks reported and 36 of them were in K-12 settings; 11 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are 4 active cases.
  • 43 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14) There are 3 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 24 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 31 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 13) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There is 1 active case.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There is 1 active case.
  • 18 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 6 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There is 1 active case.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 30 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14 and 2 on Dec. 15) There are 7 active cases.
  • 36 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 13) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 4 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12) There are no active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are 2 active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There is 1 active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 29 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 15 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 12 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 4 active cases.
  • 4 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3 and 1 on Sept. 13) There are no active cases.
  • 3 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1 and 1 on Dec. 8) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5 and 2 on Oct. 22) There are no active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 40 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death each on Dec. 9, 10 and 13. The last fatality prior to those was on Friday, Dec. 3; there have been 92 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 281 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 120 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 79 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 43 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For five of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died. The latest fatality in the 10 to 19 age group was reported Nov. 3 in the Central Health District.

Thursday, the VDH reported 30 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,055 (2,422 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 27.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported a new hospitalization today, three new hospitalizations Dec. 9, two on Dec. 10, one on Dec. 13 and one Dec. 14. So far in December, there have been 32 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 330 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 7 that the hospital was treating about eight COVID-19 patients.

According to the VDH, the total number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state has decreased by 262 since Tuesday; the total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,038 (2,414 probable). (Sometimes when the VDH reexamines cases, cases drop off the hospitalization list.) The state is reporting a weekly average of -32 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days because of the reevaluation of cases.

In Thursday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 796 people hospitalized, 142 have been older than 80 years old; 157 have been 70 to 79 years old; 160 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 144 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and eighty-one have been younger than 50. (For 12 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 449 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 528 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 16 states that 1,430 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,321) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11.

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 16 is 336. One hundred and eighty-five COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 75,817 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,038.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 67 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 26 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,950.

The VDH data reports that 1,393 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,712 cases and 4,608 deaths); 2,141 outbreaks in congregate settings; 320 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 228 in correctional facilities; 156 in college settings; 524 in childcare settings and 1,105 K-12 outbreaks being reported. According to the VDH, there have been 37 outbreaks in K-12 settings in the last two days.

There have been a total of 5,867 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic – 35 more than yesterday -- according to today’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 16, is rated “high,” as are all but two other counties in Virginia. Northampton County is rated “substantial” and Mathews County is rated “moderate.”

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (283 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (11.63% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 16, 13,444,934 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 75.8% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.7% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 87.3% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.5% are fully vaccinated.

An average 41,930 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 72.7% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.4% are fully vaccinated (18.6% have received a booster shot). About 85.3% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.3%. About 24.1% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 47.4% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (38.4% are fully vaccinated, 0.3% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 87.3% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.5% fully vaccinated, 25% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.5% have received at least one dose (86.3% fully vaccinated, 51.3% have received a booster).

About 40.9% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (34% fully vaccinated, 0.2% have had boosters); 78.5% of those 18 and older (70.9% fully vaccinated, 24.1% have had boosters) and 93.5% of those 65 and older (83.4% fully vaccinated, 50.1% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 80.6% have received one dose; 70.9% are fully vaccinated and 20.8% have received a booster shot. 85.9% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.2% are fully vaccinated and 22.9% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 71.5% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64.1% are fully vaccinated and 19.7% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 76.8% have received one dose, 69.3% are fully vaccinated and 21.8% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 4, there have been 67,597 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.2% of vaccinated people); 2,381 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.043% of vaccinated people), and there have been 868 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.00156% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.3 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15: In Fauquier County, there were 43 new COVID-19 cases today. The daily number has topped 40 five times so far in December, only once in October and twice in September. The county has had a total of 7,949 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 29. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 3,135 Wednesday after reaching 2,416 Tuesday. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,006,245 total reported cases (267,596 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 2,585; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,540 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,853 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 67,881 cases in children younger than 10, 122,757 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 15, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 8.7%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 12.6%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 12.36%.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 15, 586 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system – 16 more than yesterday. The total includes 429 students and 157 staff members.

There are currently 54 active cases of COVID-19, 36 students and 18 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 9, because of contact with positive cases, 170 students are currently quarantining – 37 more than last week. Three staff members are  currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. Since the week of Sept. 12, outbreaks in K-12 settings have been more common than outbreaks in other facilities (long-term care settings, congregate settings, correctional facilities or healthcare settings).

For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, there were 90 total outbreaks reported and 37 of them were in K-12 settings; 12 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are 4 active cases.
  • 43 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 14) There are 3 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 24 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Nov. 22 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 31 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 13) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There is 1 active case.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There is 1 active case.
  • 18 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6, 2 on Dec. 13 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 5 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There is 1 active case.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 28 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10, 1 on Dec. 13 and 3 on Dec. 14) There are 5 active cases.
  • 36 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 13) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 4 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12) There are no active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are 2 active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There is 1 active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 29 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 11 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 15 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 25 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 12 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Dec. 8 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 4 active cases.
  • 4 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3 and 1 on Sept. 13) There are no active cases.
  • 3 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1 and 1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There is 1 active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5 and 2 on Oct. 22) There are no active cases.
  • 13 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 4 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8 and 1 on Dec. 14) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 6 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 1 and 2 on Dec. 14) There are 2 active cases.
  • 40 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death on Thursday, one on Friday and one Monday. The last fatality prior to those was on Friday, Dec. 3; there have been 92 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 279 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 119 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 78 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 42 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For six of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died. The latest fatality in the 10 to 19 age group was reported Nov. 3 in the Central Health District.

Tuesday, the VDH reported 33 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 15,025 (2,420 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 27.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported three new hospitalizations Dec. 9, two on Dec. 10, one on Dec. 13 and one yesterday. So far in December, there have been 31 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 329 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 7 that the hospital was treating about eight COVID-19 patients.

According to the VDH, the total number of new hospitalizations in the state Tuesday is negative 115, after deleting another 66 yesterday; the total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,119 (2,412 probable). (Sometimes when the VDH reexamines cases, cases drop off the hospitalization list.) The state is reporting a weekly average of -10 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days. Because of the reevaluation of cases.

In Wednesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 793 people hospitalized, 142 have been older than 80 years old; 157 have been 70 to 79 years old; 160 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 143 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and seventy-nine have been younger than 50. (For 12 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 446 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 530 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 15 states that 1,401 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,286) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 15 is 324 – 23 more than yesterday. One hundred and seventy-four COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 75,708 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,119.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 67 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 26 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,950.

In the state, there have been 46 new outbreaks reported since yesterday. 1,390 outbreaks are being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,679 cases and 4,607 deaths); 2,135 outbreaks in congregate settings; 320 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 228 in correctional facilities; 157 in college settings; 519 in childcare settings and 1,083 K-12 outbreaks being reported (15 more than yesterday).

There have been a total of 5,832 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to today’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 15, is rated “high,” as are all but two other counties in Virginia. Two counties in the southeastern part of the state are rated “substantial.” For comparison, 25 counties were rated substantial and six were rated moderate as of Friday, Dec. 3.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (285 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (12.36% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 15, 13,407,020 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 75.7% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.6% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 87.2% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.4% are fully vaccinated.

An average 42,241 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 72.6% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 65.3% are fully vaccinated (18.3% have received a booster shot). About 85.2% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.3%. About 23.7% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 47.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (38.1% are fully vaccinated, 0.2% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 87.2% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.4% fully vaccinated, 24.7% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.4% have received at least one dose (86.3% fully vaccinated, 50.9% have received a booster).

About 40.7% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (33.7% fully vaccinated, 0.1% have had boosters); 78.4% of those 18 and older (70.9% fully vaccinated, 23.7% have had boosters) and 93.4% of those 65 and older (83.4% fully vaccinated, 49.6% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 80.5% have received one dose; 70.8% are fully vaccinated and 20.6% have received a booster shot. 85.8% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.1% are fully vaccinated and 22.6% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 71.4% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 64% are fully vaccinated and 19.4% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 76.7% have received one dose, 69.3% are fully vaccinated and 21.4% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 4, there have been 67,597 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.2% of vaccinated people); 2,381 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.043% of vaccinated people), and there have been 868 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.00156% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.3 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

TUESDAY, DEC. 14: In Fauquier County, there were 35 new COVID-19 cases last Friday, seven on Saturday, 41 on Sunday, 19 on Monday and 32 this morning. The county has had a total of 7,906 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 29. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 2,416 Tuesday morning. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 1,003,110 total reported cases (266,542 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 2,545; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,528 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,841 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 67,542 cases in children younger than 10, 122,313 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 14, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 8.7%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 13.3%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 12.44%.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 14, 570 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 422 students and 148 staff members.

There are currently 38 active cases of COVID-19, 29 students and nine staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 9, because of contact with positive cases, 170 students are currently quarantining – 37 more than last week. Three staff members are  currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. Since the week of Sept. 12, outbreaks in K-12 settings have been more common than outbreaks in other facilities (long-term care settings, congregate settings, correctional facilities or healthcare settings).

For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, there were 90 total outbreaks reported and 37 of them were in K-12 settings; 12 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are 4 active cases.
  • 42 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 10) There are 2 active cases.
  • 69 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 24 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19 and 2 on Nov. 22) There are no active cases.
  • 31 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec. 13) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There is 1 active case.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There is 1 active case.
  • 16 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 6 and 2 on Dec. 13) There are 3 active cases.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There is 1 active case.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are 2 active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 25 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 10 and 1 on Dec. 13) There are 2 active cases.
  • 36 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 13) There are 2 active cases.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 4 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12) There are no active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are 2 active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There is 1  active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 29 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7, 1 on Dec. 8 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are no active cases.
  • 14 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4 and 1 on Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 10 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Dec. 8) There are 2 active cases.
  • 4 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3 and 1 on Sept. 13) There are no active cases.
  • 3 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1 and 1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There is 1 active cases.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are no active cases.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5 and 2 on Oct. 22) There are no active cases.
  • 12 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 6) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8) There are no active cases.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 4 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 40 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3, 2 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec.13) There are 3 active cases.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death on Thursday, one on Friday and one Monday. The last fatality prior to those was on Friday, Dec. 3; there have been 92 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 279 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 119 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 78 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 42 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For six of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died. The latest fatality in the 10 to 19 age group was reported Nov. 3 in the Central Health District.

Tuesday, the VDH reported 35 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. Thirty-four were reported on Saturday, 23 on Sunday and five on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 14,992 (2,414 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 28.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported three new hospitalizations Dec. 9, two on Dec. 10, one on Dec. 13 and one  today. So far in December, there have been 31 new hospitalizations. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 329 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 7 that the hospital was treating about eight COVID-19 patients.

According to the VDH, the total number of new hospitalizations in the state Tuesday is negative 66; the total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,234 (2,406 probable). (Sometimes when the VDH reexamines cases, some cases come off the hospitalization list.) The state is reporting a weekly average of 21 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days. That number dropped significantly as the VDH reevaluated data over the weekend and yesterday.

In Tuesday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 792 people hospitalized, 142 have been older than 80 years old; 156 have been 70 to 79 years old; 159 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 143 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and seventy-eight have been younger than 50. (For 14 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 440 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 532 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Monday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 14 states that 1,278 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19 – 89 higher than on Dec. 11. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,259) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 14 is 301. One hundred and seventy-eight COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 75,585 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,234.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 67 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 26 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,950.

In the state, there have been 1,387 outbreaks being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,591 cases and 4,601 deaths); 2,116 outbreaks in congregate settings; 319 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 228 in correctional facilities; 157 in college settings; 511 in childcare settings and 1,068 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 5,786 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to today’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 14, is rated “high,” as are all but two other counties in Virginia. Two counties in the southeastern part of the state are rated “substantial.” For comparison, 25 counties were rated substantial and six were rated moderate as of Friday, Dec. 3.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (286 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (12.44% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 14, 13,357,109 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 75.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.5% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 87.1% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.4% are fully vaccinated.

An average 43,765 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 72.4% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 64.9% are fully vaccinated (17.5% have received a booster shot). About 85.1% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.2%. About 22.7% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 47.1% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (37.7% are fully vaccinated, 0.2% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 87.1% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.4% fully vaccinated, 24.2% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.4% have received at least one dose (86.3% fully vaccinated, 50.4% have received a booster).

About 40.3% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (31.7% fully vaccinated, 0.1% have had boosters); 78.3% of those 18 and older (70.8% fully vaccinated, 22.7% have had boosters) and 93.3% of those 65 and older (83.3% fully vaccinated, 48.5% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 80.4% have received one dose; 70.7% are fully vaccinated and 20.2% have received a booster shot. 85.7% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76.1% are fully vaccinated and 22.2% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 71.2% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 63.5% are fully vaccinated and 18.6% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 76.6% have received one dose, 69.2% are fully vaccinated and 20.5% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 4, there have been 67,597 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.2% of vaccinated people); 2,381 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.043% of vaccinated people), and there have been 868 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.00156% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.3 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

Weekly update

The weekly update from the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute, released Dec. 10, reports a few takeaways from the last week’s COVID-19 data:

  • Cases rates are up considerably from last week, and the effective reproduction number is now greater than one for all health regions and the commonwealth itself. (That means that on average, every person who is infected with COVID-19 is passing it on to more than one other person.)
  • Though a few districts are still in decline, most are now in surge (12) or experiencing slow growth (15). This marks the first time any district has been in surge since the first week of October.
  • This sudden increase in cases, reproduction rate and epidemic trajectory may be the result of testing and reporting delays from the Thanksgiving holiday. This may also explain why the previous week appeared to show fewer cases and a smaller reproduction number than expected.
  • Models continue to forecast a gradual growth in case rates through the new year, though the possibility of a winter surge remains.

SATURDAY, DEC. 11: Most of the data provided here is as of Dec. 10. The VDH website does not update on Saturday or Sunday (except for vaccine data). Data from the CDC and the VHHA is from Saturday, Dec. 11.

The weekly update from the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute, released Dec. 10, reports a few takeaways from the last week’s COVID-19 data:

health districts in surge
  • Cases rates are up considerably from last week, and the effective reproduction number is now greater than one for all health regions and the commonwealth itself. (That means that on average, every person who is infected with COVID-19 is passing it on to more than one other person.)
  • Though a few districts are still in decline, most are now in surge (12) or experiencing slow growth (15). This marks the first time any district has been in surge since the first week of October.
  • This sudden increase in cases, reproduction rate and epidemic trajectory may be the result of testing and reporting delays from the Thanksgiving holiday. This may also explain why the previous week appeared to show fewer cases and a smaller reproduction number than expected.
  • Models continue to forecast a gradual growth in case rates through the new year, though the possibility of a winter surge remains.

Cases

In Fauquier County, there were 35 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday, 25 Thursday and 43 Wednesday. The county has had a total of 7,807 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 29. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 2,848 on Friday, Dec. 10. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 994,069 total reported cases (263,351 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 2,496; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,507 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,825 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 66,573 cases in children younger than 10, 121,258 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 10, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 8.1%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 12.4%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 14.13% (as of Dec. 11).

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 11, 562 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 415 students and 147 staff members.

There are currently 50 active cases of COVID-19, 38 students and 12 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 9, because of contact with positive cases, 170 students are currently quarantining – 37 more than last week. Three staff members are  currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. Since the week of Sept. 12, outbreaks in K-12 settings have been more common than outbreaks in other facilities (long-term care settings, congregate settings, correctional facilities or healthcare settings).

For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, there were 88 total outbreaks reported and 36 of them were in K-12 settings; 12 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are 7 active cases.
  • 42 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 10) There are 5 active cases.
  • 68 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 10) There are 2 active cases.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 24 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19 and 2 on Nov. 22) There is 1 active case.
  • 30 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 8) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are 2 active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are 2 active cases.
  • 14 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 6) There is 1 active case.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There is 1 active case.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are 3 active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 24 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Nov. 22 and 1 on Dec. 10) There is 1 active case.
  • 35 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12 and 1 on Dec. 6) There is 1 active case.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There are no active cases.
  • 4 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12) There are no active cases.
  • 14 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9, 3 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 10) There are 6 active cases.
  • 20 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20, 1 on Nov. 9 and 1 on Dec. 9) There is 1  active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 28 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8) There are 3 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 3) There is 1 active case.
  • 14 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4 and 1 on Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 10 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Dec. 8) There are 2 active cases.
  • 4 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3 and 1 on Sept. 13) There are no active cases.
  • 3 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1 and 1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There is 1 active case.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5 and 2 on Oct. 22) There are no active cases.
  • 12 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 6) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8) There are no active cases.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 4 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 39 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 6) There are 4 active cases.

Deaths

Fauquier reported one new COVID-19 death on Thursday and on Friday. The last fatality prior to those was on Friday, Dec. 3; there have been 91 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 274 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 115 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 77 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 42 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For six of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died. The latest fatality in the 10 to 19 age group was reported Nov. 3 in the Central Health District.

Friday, the VDH reported 27 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 14,895 (2,382 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 20.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported three new hospitalizations Thursday and two on Friday, one Wednesday and four on Tuesday. There were also new hospitalizations on Dec. 1, 2 and 5; two on Dec. 3 and 6 and three on Saturday, Dec. 4. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 327 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 7 that the hospital was treating about eight COVID-19 patients.

According to the VDH, the total number of new hospitalizations in the state Friday was 82; the total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,346 (2,387 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 61 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Friday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 786 people hospitalized, 141 have been older than 80 years old; 155 have been 70 to 79 years old; 155 have been between 60 and 69 years old and 144 have been between 50 and 59. One hundred and seventy-seven have been younger than 50. (For 14 of the hospitalizations, age was not reported.)

In the health district, eight children younger than 10 and eight between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized. In the state, 553 younger than 10 have been hospitalized; 618 between 10 and 19 years old have been hospitalized.

VDH data reported here was finalized Thursday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. More information may be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data for Dec. 11 states that 1,189 Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19 – 90 higher than on Dec. 9. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations (1,174) rose dramatically between July 11 and Sept. 9, began declining rapidly on Sept. 23 and been rising again since Nov. 11

The VHHA reports that the number of COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 suspected patients who are in intensive care units as of Dec. 11 is 279. One hundred and fifty COVID-19 patients are receiving ventilator support.

The VDH and VHHA compile statistics in different ways, so their data does not always match up. For instance, VHHA reported that 75,220 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged as of yesterday, but the VDH reports that the total number of Virginians hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,186.

Outbreaks

There have been a total of 67 outbreaks in the RRHD since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 26 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 22 outbreaks in congregate settings, four in correctional facilities, three in a healthcare setting, four in a childcare setting, one in a college setting, seven in a K-12 setting. The total number of cases attributed to the outbreaks is 1,944.

In the state, there have been 1,379 outbreaks being reported in long-term care facilities (resulting in 37,499 cases and 4,592 deaths); 2,103 outbreaks in congregate settings; 318 outbreaks in healthcare settings; 226 in correctional facilities; 154 in college settings; 507 in childcare settings and 1,047 K-12 outbreaks being reported.

There have been a total of 5,734 outbreaks in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic, according to today’s VDH dashboard.

Rates of transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks counties by level of transmission; Fauquier, as of Dec. 11, is rated “high,” as are all but two other counties in Virginia. Two counties in the southeastern part of the state are rated “substantial.” For comparison, 25 counties were rated substantial and six were rated moderate as of Friday, Dec. 3.

The CDC reevaluates county ratings every afternoon.

The county was rated “moderate” on July 27, substantial on July 29 and high as of July 31, but the rating was changed to “substantial” the afternoon of Aug. 3. The rating was back up to “high” the afternoon of Aug. 4, and has remained there.

Community transmission is based on two metrics – the number of new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days (275 for Fauquier) and percent positivity (14.13% for Fauquier) A county is rated “high” if there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days or if the percent positivity is over 10%.

On July 27, the CDC issued guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks when indoors in areas with “substantial to high” transmission. 

Vaccines

As of Dec. 11, 13,247,127 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Virginia residents. About 75.4% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose; 66.2% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. In the adult population, 86.9% have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 77.3% are fully vaccinated.

An average 48,807 vaccine doses are being administered daily in the state.

Thus far, about 72.3% of the county’s residents (all ages combined) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; 64.8% are fully vaccinated (17.1% have received a booster shot). About 85% of adults (older than 18) have been vaccinated with at least one dose. The percentage of fully vaccinated adults is 77.1%. About 22.2% of adults have received a booster shot.

For Virginians between 5 and 17, 46.6% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (36.6% are fully vaccinated, 0.1% have received a booster). For those 18 and older, 86.9% have received at least one dose of a vaccine (77.3% fully vaccinated, 23.2% have received a booster); for those aged 65 and older, 95.3% have received at least one dose (86.2% fully vaccinated, 49.5% have received a booster).

About 40% of Fauquier residents between 5 and 17 have been vaccinated with at least one dose (31.5% fully vaccinated, 0.1% have had boosters); 78.2% of those 18 and older (70.7% fully vaccinated, 22.2% have had boosters) and 93.2% of those 65 and older (83.3% fully vaccinated, 48% have had boosters).

For Virginians older than 5 (which represents everyone in the state who is eligible to be vaccinated), 80.1% have received one dose; 70.4% are fully vaccinated and 19.3% have received a booster shot. 85.5% of over-12 residents have received their first dose, 76% are fully vaccinated and 21.2% have received a booster.

In Fauquier, 71.1% of the over-5 population has received one dose; 63.5% are fully vaccinated and 18.1% have received booster shots. For those over 12, 76.4% have received one dose, 69.2% are fully vaccinated and 20% have received boosters.

The VDH reports that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 4, there have been 67,597 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people (1.2% of vaccinated people); 2,381 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized (0.043% of vaccinated people), and there have been 868 deaths in fully vaccinated people (0.00156% of fully vaccinated people).

The VDH website says that unvaccinated people have developed COVID-19 at a rate 4.3 times higher than fully vaccinated people, and 2.2 times higher than partially vaccinated people.

The VHH’s vaccine dashboard can be found at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary

For historical statistics on the pandemic, see this page.

THURSDAY, DEC. 9: In Fauquier County, there were 25 new COVID-19 cases reported today, 43 yesterday. The county has had a total of 7,772 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of cases in the county is 28. It has been climbing since Nov. 28, when it was just eight.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia were tallied at 3,074 today. According to reporting from the Virginia Department of Health, there have been 991,221 total reported cases (262,232 probable) of COVID in Virginia. The seven-day average of new cases in the state is 2,460; it has been climbing since Nov. 28.

In the five-county Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, 1,498 cases of COVID have been reported in children younger than 10 years old; 2,809 have been reported in those 10 to 19. In the state, there have been 66,249 cases in children younger than 10, 120,838 cases in those 10 to 19 years old.

For perspective, in both the state and in the health district, there have been more positive cases in 10 to 19 year olds than there have been in those 60 to 69, or 70 to 79 or over 80. There have been more cases in children 0 to 9 than there have been in those 70 to 79 or over 80, in both the state and the health district.

As of Dec. 9, the seven-day positivity rate for the state (total tests compared to positive tests) is 7.9%. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, the positivity rating is 11.9%. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the positivity rating for Fauquier County is at 11.14%.

Fauquier County School Division

Local schools opened for five-day-a-week, in-person learning on Aug. 11. As of the morning of Dec. 9, 556 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the school system. The total includes 409 students and 147 staff members.

There are currently 59 active cases of COVID-19, 45 students and 14 staffers. People stay on the active list for 10 days after first reporting an infection.

Since the beginning of school, no “outbreaks” have been reported in the school division, according to April Achter, RRHD population health coordinator; one was recorded over the summer at a school-sponsored camp.

School spokeswoman Tara Helkowski reported that, as of Dec. 2, because of contact with positive cases, 133 students are currently quarantining – 83 fewer than last week. One staff member is currently quarantining.

Although Fauquier County has managed to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools, other areas have not been so successful. Since the week of Sept. 12, outbreaks in K-12 settings have been more common than outbreaks in other facilities (long-term care settings, congregate settings, correctional facilities or healthcare settings).

For the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 (the worst week for outbreaks since the start of school), there were 143 outbreaks; 75 of them were in K-12 settings; 14 were in childcare settings. More recently, for the week of Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, there were 89 total outbreaks reported and 37 of them were in K-12 settings; 12 were in childcare settings.

There were 191 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, 97 in students and 94 in staff members.

The list provided below outlines total cases since the first day of school. (Active cases are noted if the number is different from the total cases.)

High schools

  • 36 at Fauquier High School (one each on Aug. 16, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 15, 3 on Sept 16, 1 on Sept. 17, 2 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Oct. 12, 2 on Nov. 10, 2 on Nov. 11, 2 on Nov. 15 and 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov.19, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3,3 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8). There are 7 active cases.
  • 41 at Kettle Run High School (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 1, 2 on Sept. 2, 2 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 28 and 1 on Sept. 30, 2 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 18, 1 on Oct. 21, 2 on Nov. 5, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 22, 1 on Nov. 23, 2 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 3 and 1 on Dec. 6) There are 7 active cases.
  • 67 at Liberty High School (3 on Aug. 16, 3 Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 5 on Aug. 23, 6 on Aug. 24, 2 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 27, 10 on Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 1 and 4 on Sept. 7, 4 on Sept. 8, 2 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 10, 3 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 28, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 15, 1 on Oct. 26, 1 on Oct. 27, 1 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 22 and 1 on Dec. 6) There are 2 active cases.
  • 2 at Southeastern Alternative School (Aug. 23 and Oct. 7) There are no active cases.

Middle schools

  • 24 at Auburn Middle School (2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 7, 2 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Sept. 30, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 19 and 2 on Oct. 22, 1 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11, 3 on Nov. 17, 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19 and 2 on Nov. 22) There are 3 active cases.
  • 30 at Cedar Lee Middle School (Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 3 on Aug. 30, 1 on Aug. 31, 3 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 7, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 1 on Oct. 22, 2 on Oct. 25, 1 on Dec. 1, 1 on Dec. 6 and 1 on Dec. 8) There are 2 active cases.
  • 12 at Marshall Middle School (2 on Aug 27, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 24, 1 on Sept. 27, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 5, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 3) There are 2 active cases.
  • 18 at Taylor Middle School (one each Aug. 18, Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23 and 1 on Aug. 25, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Nov. 19, 4 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 2 and 1 on Dec. 7) There are 6 active cases.
  • 14 at Warrenton Middle School (Sept. 3 and Sept. 13, 2 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 23, 1 on Oct. 4, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 12, 3 on Nov. 3 and 1 on Nov. 18, 1 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Dec. 6) There is 1 active case.

Elementary schools

  • 4 cases at Bradley Elementary School (on Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 17 and 1 on Oct. 1) There is 1 active case.
  • 11 cases at Brumfield Elementary (2 on Aug. 17, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 10 and 2 on Nov. 19, 1 on Dec. 2 and 2 on Dec. 7) There are 3 active cases.
  • 6 cases at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 3 and Sept. 14, 2 on Oct. 4 and 2 on Nov. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 23 at Greenville Elementary (1 reported Aug. 13, 1 on Aug. 16, 1 on Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 23, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Oct. 1, 3 on Oct. 4, 3 on Oct. 7, 1 on Oct. 13, 1 on Nov. 10 and 3 on Nov. 17, 2 on Nov. 19 and 1 on Nov. 22) There is 1 active case.
  • 35 at Miller Elementary (1 each Aug. 16 and 17, 2 on Aug. 18, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 5 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30, 3 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 2 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 20, 2 on Sept. 21, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Sept. 27, 3 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 12 and 1 on Dec. 6) There is 1 active case.
  • 21 at Pearson Elementary School (Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 7 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 6, 1 on Oct. 15 and 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Oct. 29, 2 on Nov. 10, 1 on Nov. 11 and 2 on Nov. 15, 3 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Nov. 23) There is 1 active case.
  • 4 at Pierce Elementary School (Aug. 27, Sept. 17, 1 one Nov. 9 and 1 on Nov. 12) There are no active cases.
  • 12 at Ritchie Elementary School (Aug. 20, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 14, 1 one Oct. 18, 1 on Nov. 11, 1 on Nov. 15, 1 on Nov. 9 and 3 on Dec. 3) There are 4 active cases.
  • 19 students at Smith Elementary School (1 reported Aug. 13, 2 on Aug. 15, 1 on Aug. 19, 2 on Aug. 23, 1 on Sept. 3, 2 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 16, 1 on Sept. 27 and 1 on Oct. 4, 2 on Oct. 5, 2 on Oct. 7 and 1 on Oct. 20 and 1 on Nov. 9) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Thompson Elementary (Sept. 14 and Oct. 5) There are no active cases.
  • 28 at Walter Elementary (2 on Aug. 18, 4 on Aug. 23, 1 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 25, 2 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 4 on Aug. 30, 4 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 21, 1 on Nov. 23, 1 on Dec. 3, 1 on Dec. 7 and 1 on Dec. 8) There are 4 active cases.

Staff members testing positive include:

  • 6 at Fauquier High School (Aug. 26, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 12 and 1 on Nov. 29) There is 1 active case.
  • 9 at Kettle Run High School (2 on Aug. 25, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3 1 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Oct. 8, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 3) There is 1 active case.
  • 14 at Liberty High (Aug. 18 and Aug. 27, Aug. 30, 1 on Sept. 8, on Sept. 9 and 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 4 and 1 on Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Southeastern Alternative School (1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 10 at Auburn Middle School (on Aug. 17, 2 on Sept. 1, 3 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 7, 1 on Sept. 10, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Sept. 20, 1 on Sept. 22 and 1 on Dec. 8) There are 2 active cases.
  • 4 at Cedar Lee Middle (Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 1 on Sept. 29) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Marshall Middle School (Sept. 16) There are no active cases.
  • 9 at Taylor Middle (one on Aug. 17, 3 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 3 and 1 on Sept. 13) There are no active cases.
  • 3 at Warrenton Middle (2 on Sept. 1 and 1 on Dec. 8) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Bradley Elementary (Aug. 17 and Aug. 27, Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 9, 1 on Sept. 14 and 1 on Sept. 29) There is 1 active case.
  • 6 at Brumfield Elementary (Aug. 20, 2 on Aug. 27 and 1 on Sept. 1, 1 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 7) There is 1 active case.
  • 5 at Coleman Elementary (Sept. 13, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and 1 on Nov. 29) There is 1 active case.
  • 9 at Greenville Elementary (Aug. 24, Aug. 26, 2 on Aug. 27, 1 on Sept. 13, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 5 and 2 on Oct. 22) There are no active cases.
  • 12 at Miller Elementary (Aug. 17, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, 1 on Aug. 31, 1 on Sept. 3, 1 on Sept. 14, 1 on Sept. 17, 1 on Oct. 15, 2 on Nov. 17 and 1 on Dec. 6) There is 1 active case.
  • 3 cases at Pearson Elementary (Sept. 22, Sept. 24 and 1 on Oct. 8) There are no active cases.
  • 3 at Pierce Elementary (Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 and 1 on Nov. 17) There are no active cases.
  • 2 at Ritchie Elementary (Aug. 27 and Oct. 25) There are no active cases.
  • 1 at Smith Elementary (Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 4 at Walter Elementary (Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 1) There are no active cases.
  • 39 staff members at the school division’s central offices (2 on Aug. 24, 1 on Aug. 26, 1 on Aug. 27, 3 on Aug. 30 and 1 on Aug. 31 and 2 on Sept. 1, 1 on Sept. 2, 1 on Sept. 8, 1 on Sept. 9, 5 on Sept. 10, 2 on Sept. 15 and 1 on Sept. 21, 2 on Sept. 22, 1 on Sept. 29, 1 on Oct. 1, 1 on Oct. 8, 2 on Oct. 12, 1 on Oct. 19, 3 on Nov. 3, 1 on Nov. 4, 1 on Nov. 4 and 1 on Nov. 19, 2 on Dec. 3 and 2 on Dec. 6) There are 4 active cases.

Deaths

Fauquier reported a new COVID-19 death today. The last fatality was on Friday, Dec. 3; there have been 90 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were two COVID-19 fatalities in November, nine in September and five in October.

The VDH does not report demographic data at the county level, but in the RRHD, of the 273 COVID-19 deaths reported in the RRHD so far, 115 have been in residents older than 80. There have been 76 deaths in those 70 to 79 years old, 41 deaths in those 60 to 69, and 34 deaths in those younger than 59. (For seven of the deaths, no age was reported.)

In the RRHD, one person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died and a child between 0 and 9 has died. In the state, six children between 0 and 9 have died from COVID-19; 10 between 10 to 19 have died. The latest fatality in the 10 to 19 age group was reported Nov. 3 in the Central Health District.

Thursday, the VDH reported 30 new COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Virginia is listed as 14,868 (2,380 probable). The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 18.

Hospitalizations

Fauquier County reported three new hospitalizations today, one yesterday and four on Tuesday. There were also new hospitalizations on Dec. 1, 2 and 5; two on Dec. 3 and 6 and three on Saturday, Dec. 4. The county reported 15 new hospitalizations in November – seven between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29. The total for October was 29; 37 hospitalizations were reported in September, 25 in August. The county has reported 325 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fauquier Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said Dec. 7 that the hospital was treating about eight COVID-19 patients.

According to the VDH, the total number of new hospitalizations in the state today is 78; the total number since the beginning of the pandemic is 40,264 (2,381 probable). The state is reporting a weekly average of 61 new hospitalizations per day over the last seven days.

In Thursday’s updated data from the RRHD, of the 781 people hospitalized, 141 have been older than 80 years old; 154 have been 70 to 79 years old; 153 have been