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Outbreak at Hughes Home causes rise in Fredericksburg-area virus hospitalizations

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Outbreak at Hughes Home causes rise in Fredericksburg-area virus hospitalizations

A resident of Hughes Homes has died, marking Fredericksburg’s first COVID-19-related death. The COVID-19 outbreak at Hughes Home for Adults in Fredericksburg has caused an uptick in hospitalizations this week.

Ten residents from Hughes were being treated in area hospitals on Thursday, and that number did not include patients who had been seen then were transferred back to the facility, said Dr. Donald Stern, who retired on Friday as acting director of the Rappahannock Area Health District.

Two Hughes residents have died as part of a virus outbreak that’s sickened 19 people. Their deaths are among 20 fatalities at local long-term care facilities. Another 18 deaths occurred at Carriage Hill Health & Rehab Center in Spotsylvania County.

Daily reports from the health district had shown a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 patients being treated at three area hospitals. There were 15 people hospitalized on Monday, then 27 by Thursday.

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Before the spike, Mary Washington Healthcare’s facilities—Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital—had remained stable in COVID-19 admissions, said marketing director Lisa Henry. Those with COVID-19 accounted for 9 percent of patients at the two hospitals for most of July, Henry said. That’s about 20 people.

Likewise, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center had not seen a significant change in its number of virus patients, said Chief Executive Officer David McKnight.

“The increased numbers reported by the health district highlight, however, the continued importance of following the Center for Disease Control guidelines to protect yourself,” McKnight said. “I encourage our community to continue to wear a mask, keep your distance and wash your hands.”The number of hospitalized patients tends to be “the most sensitive to the impact […]

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