HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A fifth resident at Cedarfield has tested positive for COVID-19 at the retirement community in Henrico’s West End.
Cedarfield said it was working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to test more community members.
“As soon as this plan is finalized, Cedarfield will contact residents (or their responsible parties), team members, and agency personnel who will be tested with details concerning the testing process,” a Cedarfield spokesperson said. “All Cedarfield residents are to remain in their apartments, cottages, or health care rooms unless critically essential to their health and wellbeing. All team members are to continue to use appropriate masks at all times. When delivering direct care to Health Care Center residents, team members must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed by Cedarfield's Health Care Management Team. Residents have been advised to continue to practice self-isolation, good hand washing, and the use of appropriate PPE. Additionally, all team members are to use specific entrances to gain entry to their workplace.”
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As of Tuesday, more than 14,000 people have tested positive for COVD-19 in Virginia, with 835 positive tests in Henrico.
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.