106-year-old Henrico woman tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 1:12 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 13:19:36-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced Monday more than 12,000 people in Virginia have been tested for COVID-19. Of those 12,000 tested, 1,020 people tested positive for the virus. A 106-year-old Henrico woman is among those who tested positive.

Central Virginia has seen an increase in cases in Henrico County. VDH officials said the biggest outbreak in the county involved three healthcare facilities:

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center on Cambridge Drive
Beth Sholom Rehabilitation on Lauderdale Drive
Masonic Home of Virginia on Masonic Lane

The Canterbury facility has had eight deaths related to COVID-19. Thirty-seven residents and six staff members test positive, according to state officials.

"The degree of spread that we've seen at Canterbury Rehab, we've started to adapt those practices in place. So things like the foot washing on actually gowns and shoes. The establishment of single entry and single exits. Actually using tape to mark out the pathways on a unit to say here is your hot zone, here is your cold zone," Dr. Danny Avula, Health Director for the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, said. "Those kinds of interventions increase the awareness and the practices of infection control are being put into place."

Officials with Beth Sholom Senior Living released a statement explaining how they are continuing to provide the best possible care during the pandemic.

"Our three residents who have tested positive for the virus remain in the care of local hospitals," Morris S. Funk, President and Chief Executive Officer, said in the statement. "Beth Sholom is working with local health experts to help determine how these residents contracted the virus. We have increased our testing of our staff to ensure they too are receiving the care they may need. At this time, we know of no residents or staff members on our Campus who have COVID-19."

A 106-year-old woman is among the three people living with COVID-19 at Masonic Home of Virginia.

The 106-year-old woman, a 90-year-old woman, and an 89-year-old man at the facility's memory support unit have been placed in a restricted unit.

Two of the three patients were last listed in stable condition, with symptoms. One of the patients had a fever.

This is a developing story.

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