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Second wave strikes at Chase City nursing home / October 07, 2020

A second outbreak of COVID-19 has surfaced at Chase City Health and Rehab. The initial outbreak at the nursing home occurred in May but abated within a month. The second outbreak began in September.

The latest reporting by the Virginia Department of Health suggests at least 13 new positive test results have been confirmed among individuals affiliated with Chase City Health and Rehab. The prior outbreak at the long-term care facility was “pending closure,” according to VDH, but the health department has since updated its reporting on the Chase City home to indicate an “outbreak in progress” as of Sept. 14.

Jennifer Eddy, a spokesperson for Chase City Health and Rehab, said the number of cases associated with the current outbreak has risen to 16 individuals. An outbreak is said to occur where two or more people test positive for COVID-19 outside of a family setting.

Two nursing homes in Mecklenburg County — Chase City Health and Rehab and Sentara MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville — account for 27 of the 34 virus deaths reported in the county. A springtime outbreak led to 14 deaths at MeadowView, and 13 have died at Chase City Health and Rehab.

On Sept. 28, all residents and staff at the Chase City facility received a COVID-19 test. The staff test was part of an ongoing routine that includes twice-weekly COVID-19 testing of the staff, as well as daily assessments of temperature and symptom checks. Residents were added to the testing regimen after two residents showed symptoms of the virus, Eddy said.

The results that came back a day later confirmed that five employees of the nursing home and six residents were infected. The residents were moved to a separate unit that was created after the initial outbreak in May. and treated. The staff is instructed to quarantine at home.

Since that initial test, another three staff members and two residents have exhibited symptoms. Eddy said these new cases are handled according to the same protocol — residents relocated to the separate unit and staff told to quarantine at home.

Chase City Health and Rehab continues to follow CDC protocols for treating the virus and tamping down its spread. As an added precaution, Eddy said all outdoor visits have been put on hold. The facility had been allowing family and residents to visit residents outside in the fresh air prior to the latest outbreak.

She praised the staff for all they do to care for and protect the residents at the facility. “It is impressive to see how they’ve risen to the occasion,” said said.

The first outbreak at Chase City Health and Rehab occurred in May. To date, there have been no additional deaths with the second outbreak, although two residents are currently receiving medical treatment outside Chase City Health and Rehab.

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