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Woodview tests come back negative / August 10, 2020
After Sentara Woodview conducted mass testing of residents and staff for COVID-19 last week, the results showed no further spread of the disease at the local nursing home.

“We are pleased to report that all [tests] have come back negative,” stated Joni Henderson, a spokesperson for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

The health system ordered testing for Woodview employees and residents after a member of the staff there was diagnosed with COVID-19 July 31. The mass testing was conducted the following Monday.

Henderson declined to say how many people were tested at the facility, but residents in Unit 3 were among those sampled. After the employee reported the positive diagnosis on July 31, Unit 3 residents were confined to their rooms for a brief period, pending the outcome of the test results.

This marks the second time The Woodview has avoided an outbreak after a person there tested positive for the virus. In late April, a resident of the nursing home was diagnosed with COVID-19, but no other infections followed. The Woodview is not considered an outbreak site by the Virginia Department of Health, which declares outbreaks when a congregant site yields two or more lab-confirmed positive tests of individuals there.

Long-term care settings are highly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19, with Virginia nursing homes accounting for more than half of the state’s 2,326 virus-related deaths. Two outbreaks in neighboring Mecklenburg County — at The Woodview’s sister facility, Sentara MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville, and Chase City Health and Rehab in Chase City — have resulted in 27 deaths of elderly residents.

Over the weekend, Virginia crossed the threshold for 10,000 infections since the worldwide pandemic first struck the Commonwealth. The number of Virginia residents who have tested positive for the virus stood at 100,086 as of Sunday. Since the start of the crisis, 8,369 Virginians have been hospitalized for treatment of the disease.

The nation’s death toll also passed a grim benchmark late in the week, with more than 160,000 dead and daily new cases continuing at dangerously high levels in many parts of the U.S., according to public health experts.

In Halifax County, the number of known infections stands at 155 through Sunday. Halifax has seen 14 new COVID-19 cases develop over the past seven days, after ending the month of July with twice as many infections than at the start of July — 54 cases on July 1, compared to 130 on July 30.

Through Wednesday, 110 people in Halifax County had recovered from the virus, with 38 people still considered active cases — a number that is sure to rise with more positive test results coming in at the end of the week. Halifax’s caseload grew by nine people on Saturday and Sunday.

One person in Halifax has died from the virus.

Halifax’s exposure has been less severe than in many neighboring Virginia localities. In the City of Danville, seven people have died of COVID-19 and 405 people have tested positive. In Pittsylvania County, two have died and 487 have tested positive. Further west, Henry County has seen seven deaths and 588 total cases — the highest number in the region.

Mecklenburg County, where 32 persons have died, saw a spike in its caseload following a prison outbreak in Baskerville, in the central part of the county. Mecklenburg’s total caseload stands at 444 through Sunday.

Local caseloads in the immediate Virginia and North Carolina area through Sunday, by the numbers:

» Halifax: 155 (1 death)

» Danville: 405 (7 deaths)

» Pittsylvania: 487 (2 deaths)

» Campbell: 213 (2 deaths)

» Charlotte: 53 (0 deaths)

» Mecklenburg: 444 (32 deaths)

» Granville County, N.C.: 1,245 (27 deaths)

» Person County, N.C.: 223 (2 deaths)

» Caswell County, N.C.: 195 (2 deaths)

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Great job Woodview!!

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