11 dead from COVID-19 at northern Virginia care facility

Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 16:35:13-04

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- A coronavirus outbreak at a northern Virginia long-term care facility has resulted in 11 deaths and dozens of illnesses over the past month.

Jeannie Adams is director of legal services for Commonwealth Care of Roanoke, which provides management and consulting services to Dulles Health and Rehab Center in Herndon.

She said 11 coronavirus deaths have occurred at the facility since the first positive test there March 28.

Since then, there have been 63 positive test results of patients.

Adams said 19 staff members have also tested positive.

Virginia authorities have reported 80 outbreaks at long-term care facilities across the state, resulting in 77 deaths.

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.