2 deaths, 10 COVID-19 cases at Midlothian assisted living facility

Posted at 4:21 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 16:23:53-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- 2 residents of a Midlothian nursing home have died of COVID-19 complications and 10 others have tested positive for the virus.

Spring Arbor of Salisbury on Thursday announced the two deaths and said that the other tenresidents are currently being treated and expected to recover.

"It is always hard for us to lose a member of our Spring Arbor family and we continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of our residents," Senior Vice President Richard Williams said. "It should be noted that Spring Arbor of Salisbury is licensed as an assisted living community and each resident has their own apartment, which helps to control the spread of infection."

Williams said that the complex has not had any additional residents test positive in the past three days.

In addition to our current COVID-19 protocols, the community is or has taken the following measures: •Each resident is quarantined in their apartment and in-room dining is being provided, and staff members and residents are being monitored for symptoms of illness.

Team members and essential visitors are also required to wear masks.

In Henrico County, 39 residents at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center have died of COVID-19, a spokesperson for the center confirmed Thursday

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.