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Virginia State Senator Jill Vogel and Chad Melton, CEO of Fauquier Health on Hospital Hill

Fauquier County resident Lance Allen recently sponsored a “Light the Night” event with the support of Chick-fil-A in Warrenton on Hospital Hill at Fauquier Hospital. The idea for the event came to fruition when Allen and Sarah Cubbage, marketing coordinator with Fauquier Health, connected to brainstorm. Rather than just delivering delicious boxed Chick-fil-A meals to the hospital staff, Allen decided it was important to take this one step further.

“The first responder and healthcare communities serve on our behalf every day,” Alllen said. “Sometimes we forget they’re a part our community because they’re just doing their jobs. Our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, moms and dads – the list goes on. They deserve our thanks and I’m just happy that in some small way we could show them that with Light the Night.” At that moment, a simple food donation idea turned into a drive-through event so the public could show support to the first responder and healthcare communities.

Light the Night was designed to give the families of Fauquier County a safe avenue to show community support to one another, while ensuring safe social distancing from their vehicles. Chad Melton, chief executive officer of Fauquier Health, was among the healthcare workers standing outside waving back.

The festivities began as Allen, Paul Brock, owner of Chick-fil-A Warrenton, and Chad Melton, CEO, delivered 60 chicken
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Great news for horse owners, trainers, jockeys and more….Following West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s recent announcement permitting the resumption of horse racing without spectators in attendance, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has announced its intention to resume live racing on Thursday, May 14 with the track’s first race scheduled for its standard 7 p.m. kickoff time. In addition to conducting its races without spectators, Charles Town will continue its live racing under a set of protocols developed to protect the health and safety of those present.

“We couldn’t be happier to resume live racing here at Charles Town and do it in what we believe to be a safe environment,” said Charles Town’s Vice President of Racing and Sports Operations, Erich Zimny. “Thank you to the governor’s office and West Virginia Racing Commission for working with the stakeholders to make it reality.”

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Scientists, Engineers, Propose Using Grounded Airliners For COVID Oxygen Therapy Treatment.

Fauquier County, Virginia entrepreneur Ralph Crafts is one of the people urging the government to utilize the country's aircraft for COVID treatment.

By Leland Schwartz
Fauquier Channel One

The Plains, Virginia -- A growing number of physicians, scientists and engineers who use pressurized oxygen chambers to treat patients with severe wounds and infections as well as other conditions are urging the government to convert the nation's grounded airliners into large-scale COVID treatment facilities.

Oxygen therapy was used 100 years ago to arrest the Spanish Flu, they say, and is now being used in China to treat virus patients.

"They’re using this in China to treat severe and critically ill patients," says Edward di Girolamo, PE, who runs a hyperbaric clinic in Durham, North Carolina and produced a video to publicize the therapy. "It’s clear this is a great opportunity primarily because hyperbaric oxygen is an anti-viral, anti-bacteria fungus therapy."

There are 1,500 hospitals in the U.S. with wound care centers and hyperbaric chambers, and others scattered around the country, but most of them can only treat one or two patients at a time.

Di Girolamo, along with other hyperbaric oxygen supporters, say that military and commercial airplanes are already pressure-capable and hundreds, if not thousands of them, are grounded at airports all over the country.

"These planes are required to carry pressure because when you’re up at 30,000 feet the air is very thin — you’re essentially in a hyperbaric chamber," he said, making "airports a great and viable treatment option."

Fauquier County, Virginia entrepreneur Ralph Crafts is one of the people urging the government to utilize the country's aircraft for COVID treatment. He and his wife, Bobbie, use a hyperbaric chamber and have reported positive results on multiple non-COVID fronts.

The Crafts recently donated two chambers to former pro basketball player and recovered addict Chris Herren -- one for his soon-to-open Herren Wellness Center outside of Warrenton.
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