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Woodview residents to be tested after employee is infected / August 03, 2020

Sentara Woodview in South Boston will test a number of residents today for COVID-19 after an employee at the nursing home was diagnosed with the coronavirus Friday.

Joni Henderson, spokesperson for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, confirmed the positive test of the employee and said Sentara will be testing residents on Monday “based upon potential exposure. Neither the employee or residents are exhibiting any symptoms at this time,” Henderson wrote in an email Sunday.

“We learned on 7/31/2020 [Friday] that an employee at Sentara Woodview received positive COVID test results after being tested due to a community based exposure,” Henderson stated. “We notified our state regulating agencies, residents and resident representatives in accordance with our state and federal guidance.”

There are no Woodview residents who have tested positive through the weekend, but Sentara has taken the precaution of restricting some residents to their rooms pending the results of today’s mass testing. No information was provided on the number of residents who will be swabbed for the virus.

“Any plan to test residents would be coordinated based upon recommendations from our attending physician and the Virginia Department of Health,” stated Henderson in her email. “Our focus on infection prevention and control measures remains a priority.”

This is the second report of a positive virus test at The Woodview, with the first coming in April. That diagnosis, confirmed at the time by the Virginia Department of Health, did not lead to further infections at the local facility. The Woodview is not categorized as an outbreak site, defined as a place where two or more positive test results for COVID-19 have been taken.

Sentara MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville, sister facility to The Woodview, has been hit hard by the coronavirus. The Virginia Department of Health has reported 14 deaths and 84 persons sickened by the virus at MeadowView Terrace, although VDH currently lists the status of theoutbreak there as “pending closure.”

Nursing home deaths account for more than half of all deaths in Virginia from the coronavirus, with new outbreaks cropping up in recent days in Danville, Henry County and other nearby areas.

Halifax County’s coronavirus caseload remains well below that of its Virginia neighbors. On Sunday, the virus count in Halifax rose to 137 people. According to county officials, the number of active cases is 40 as of Friday.

In the city of Danville, four people have died in the past week, bringing the city’s death toll to seven. Danville’s overall caseload has reached 330 people. In Pittsylvania County, 354 cases have been reported, with two deaths.

In Henry County, 511 people have tested positive for the virus, with six deaths. Mecklenburg County remains the scene of the most deaths among nearby Virginia localities, with 32. Of that number, 27 deaths are tied to nursing home outbreaks.

Mecklenburg’s caseload was 308 as of Sunday.

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