WINCHESTER — If the omicron strain was as deadly as the original COVID-19 coronavirus or its delta variant, the Winchester area would be in a world of hurt.

That’s according to Dr. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, who said the Northern Shenandoah Valley has experienced an alarmingly high number of omicron-related cases.

During an informational presentation on Tuesday night to Winchester’s City Council, Greene said the health district — comprised of Winchester and Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page counties — was doing pretty well with coronavirus containment, averaging 50 to 100 new cases per day, until the omicron variant started spreading globally in late November and early December.

“You can see the result yourself,” Greene told councilors as he showed them a Virginia Department of Health graphic with coronavirus case counts from across the health district.

By mid-December, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the district had risen to about 200 per day. Infections continued to increase in the following weeks, culminating in a staggering 880 cases reported in the district on a single day, Jan. 8.

“That 880 case count in one day is far and away a record,” Greene said, noting that before the omicron strain arrived, the previous high for a single-day coronavirus case count in the Lord Fairfax Health District was 364 on Jan. 22, 2021.

The district now averages about 500 new cases every day, “which we’ve never seen before,” Greene said. “That 880 single day and the 500 average just dwarf everything else that we’ve seen thus far.”

Among Virginia’s 35 health districts, the Lord Fairfax Heath District currently has the 10th highest rate of new COVID-19 cases, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.

“The most vaccinated, most masked areas [of the state] had the most spread [of the omicron variant],” Greene said. “They’re also the most densely populated areas.”

Greene said omicron is potent enough to send people to the hospital but usually isn’t fatal. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 12, 60 people in the Lord Fairfax Health District died from COVID-19. That’s less than 10% of the total 672 COVID-related deaths in the district since the first one was reported on April 25, 2020.

Greene said omicron is “extraordinarily contagious” and can even infect those who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus because the strain didn’t exist when the original vaccines were formulated. However, most vaccinated people who become infected with the omicron variant experience mild, short-lived symptoms.

The high rate of COVID-19 infections across the commonwealth has put tremendous pressure on hospitals, with nearly 3,500 coronavirus patients statewide admitted for treatment as of Monday. In response, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday issued a limited 30-day state of emergency in order to allow hospitals to temporarily increase the number of beds they are licensed to offer.

“That also allows the increased use of students and volunteers, which we did a lot of in 2020,” Greene said of the emergency declaration.

Area employers have faced significant hardships due to staff members calling out sick or having to work from home due to omicron infections or exposures. Scott Kensinger, the city’s emergency management coordinator, told City Council on Tuesday “a lot of our workforce is experiencing high levels of infection and exposure, so we’re dealing with that.”

Due to a recent omicron outbreak in Rouss City Hall, Kensinger said the 22% of city workers who are not fully vaccinated must now wear face masks, and staffers are being encouraged to work from home if possible. The city has not issued a vaccination mandate for its more than 500 employees, but Kensinger said all workers are being encouraged to get vaccines and booster shots.

Based on how omicron played out in South Africa, where it was first reported, Greene said the strain appears to run it course within a month or two. That means the Northern Shenandoah Valley could be out of the woods in February.

In the meantime, Greene recommends that non-vaccinated people get vaccinated, and that vaccinated people get booster shots. While the vaccines provide little protection from becoming infected with omicron, studies have shown they significantly lower the death rate.

“Most of the people in the hospitals are unvaccinated,” Greene said.

He also suggested people exercise caution but avoid panicking. He cited Georgetown University as an example of going overboard with omicron safeguards because approximately 98% of its students are vaccinated against COVID-19, yet school officials there decided to hold all January classes virtually.

“That’s panicking,” Greene said. “We can function and live our lives ... as long as we’re being prudent and sensible.”

To learn more about COVID-19 and its variants, visit the Virginia Department of Health online at vdh.virginia.gov.

— Contact Brian Brehm at bbrehm@winchesterstar.com

(18) comments

Cato

Most of the people in the hospitals are unvaccinated ? Where is the data to support this ? This is certainly not the case where accurate statistics are kept.

No mention of therapeutics that hundreds of doctors and thousands of patients have used with great success. A travesty that these were suppressed and lives were lost as a consequence.

The Pibbster

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The Pibbster

Why are we not using ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine?

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Because neither have been shown to be efficacious in preventing or treating COVID. Where did you hear these were working?

The Pibbster

Project Veritas Documents Reveal DC Bureaucrats Had Evidence Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine Were Effective in Treating COVID — BUT HID THIS FROM PUBLIC

By Jim Hoft

There have now been 67 Ivermectin COVID-19 controlled studies that show a 67% improvement in COVID patients.

Despite the science, Dr. Fauci and the medical elites have blocked the use of these effective treatments for coronavirus patients.

Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA vaccines, accused Dr. Fauci and others of lying and causing the death of over 500,000 Americans by preventing HCQ and Ivermectin, and other treatments from COVID-19 patients.Dr. Malone is right. It is well documented that Dr. Fauci and top US doctors conspired to disqualify and condemn hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment.

Millions died as a result of this.

As TGP reported earlier — It wasn’t just Fauci but all of the top US medical leaders who were in on the hydroxychloroquine lie.

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Dr. Meryl Nass, MD, broke this story in The Defender. According to Dr. Nass, the top health officials were all in on the conspiracy against hydroxychloroquine.

Fauci runs the NIAID, Collins is the NIH director (nominally Fauci’s boss) and Farrar is director of the Wellcome Trust.

Farrar also signed the Lancet letter. And he is chair of the WHO’s R&D Blueprint Scientific Advisory Group, which put him in the driver’s seat of the WHO’s Solidarity trial, in which 1,000 unwitting subjects were overdosed with hydroxychloroquine in order to sink the use of that drug for COVID.

Farrar had worked in Vietnam, where there was lots of malaria, and he had also been involved with SARS-1 there. He additionally was central in setting up the UK Recovery trial, where 1,600 subjects were overdosed with hydroxychloroquine.

Even if Farrar didn’t have some idea of the proper dose of chloroquine drugs from his experience in Vietnam, he, Fauci and Collins would have learned about such overdoses after Brazil told the world about how they mistakenly overdosed patients in a trial of chloroquine for COVID. The revelation was made in an article published in the JAMA in mid-April 2020. Thirty-nine percent of the subjects in Brazil who were given high doses of chloroquine died, average age 50.

Yet the Solidarity and Recovery hydroxychloroquine trials continued into June, stopping only after their extreme doses were exposed.

Fauci made sure to control the treatment guidelines for COVID that came out of the NIAID, advising against both chloroquine drugs and ivermectin. Fauci’s NIAID also cancelled the first large-scale trial of hydroxychloroquine treatment in early disease, after only 20 of the expected 2,000 subjects were enrolled.

What does all this mean?

There was a conspiracy between the five authors of the Nature paper and the heads of the NIH, NIAID and Wellcome Trust to cover up the lab origin of COVID.

There was a conspiracy involving Daszac, Fauci and others to push the natural origin theory. (See other emails in the recent drop.)

There was a conspiracy involving Daszac to write the Lancet letter and hide its provenance, to push the natural origin theory and paint any other ideas as conspiracy theory. Collin’s blog post is another piece of this story.

Farrar was intimately involved in both large hydroxychloroquine overdose trials, in which about 500 subjects total died.

Farrar, Fauci and Collins withheld research funds that could have supported quality trials of the use of chloroquine drugs and ivermectin and other repurposed drugs that might have turned around the pandemic.

Are the four individuals named here — Fauci, Daszak, Collins and Farrar — intimately involved in the creation of the pandemic, as well as the prolongation and improper treatments used during the pandemic?

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So when will Dr. Fauci be confronted on his lies that killed millions?

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Kinda just looked up the sources that agree with what the orange man on the TV said and ignored everyone who is an actual expert?

No wonder you got sold out for cheap...

Mr Incredible

Cases. Cases, CASES, CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASES. So what? I'm old enough to remember when we were counting deaths, not cases. If you start having real trouble breathing, go to the hospital. Otherwise, stay away if you have the sniffles or a headache.

Hermit

Well, the word "cases" carries great import. It connotes severe physical, psychological, and emotional suffering (by patient and loved ones); depletion of medical resources, shortage of ICU beds, shortage of drugs, strain on medical staff, etc., etc., etc.; long term illness; and in many cases personal financial ruin (kiss good-bye to the kids' college education, the new roof, the family vacation, funding the retirement account, the kids' trip to the dentist, etc., etc., etc.)

As for "Otherwise, stay away if you have the sniffles or a headache." What if, instead of the sniffles, you have a heart attack and there's no room in the ICU because of all the "cases"?

Spock Here

[thumbup][thumbup] Exactly, Hermit

Deus_Vult

No, "cases" refers to those who felt sick (or maybe asymptomatic and concerned about possible exposure to the virus) , took an unreliable PCR / antigen test, which produced a positive result -- that's it.

Doc Samson

@Mr Incredible - The Pr0g's love them some goal post moving, don't they? [lol]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

How many deaths will be enough for you to care, Mediocre?

Catherine Giovannoni

Dr. Greene notes that, "Most of the people in the hospitals are unvaccinated." Please get vaccinated and get your booster. Please wear masks in public, practice social distancing, and wash your hands. Together, we can ease the strain on our health care workers and keep people out of the hospital.

The Pibbster

It shouldn't be easier to get Fentanyl than Ivermectin in America.

Deus_Vult

Allowing the former and denying the latter creates a nice enterprise for those that profit off the misery these actions create.

Spock Here

[thumbup][thumbup] Apparently, doctors don't know anything anymore, until you get sick and have to go to them.

Deus_Vult

[thumbup][thumbup] Most of them know plenty, but choose to participate in the plunder of federal money and kickbacks from Pfizer and Moderna, often at the expense of patients and their health.

Doc Samson

@Deus - Sporky et. al. only love the docs who follow the narrative. If they go off script? Well, then they shouldn't be practicing medicine. They do the same thing with cops, i.e. they are racist abusers of power just looking to oppress minorities UNLESS they are shooting non-Democrats in the back. When that happens, they are virtuous and upstanding arbiters of justice. It's bizarre.

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