COVID-19 death toll at Henrico nursing home reaches 32

Posted at 1:55 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 19:01:36-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – The death toll at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center is now up to 32, a spokesperson for the center confirmed Tuesday.

The center, located off Gayton Road in the West End, is the site of the largest COVID-19 cluster in Henrico.

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center says the virus claimed the lives of four patients in the last 24 hours.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those who have passed, and we deeply feel the loss within our community,” Canterbury Administrator Jeremiah Davis said Tuesday.

There currently are 84 Canterbury residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. They are receiving treatment either at a regional hospital or, per guidance from the Henrico County Health Department, onsite at Canterbury.

Officials say 35 of the positive residents are asymptomatic, while 49 residents are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, ranging from severe to mild.

Additionally, 25 Canterbury healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 and some test results remain outstanding. All Canterbury staff members have been tested, officials added.

"Outstanding test results and numbers of suspected cases are shifting, so to avoid confusion, Canterbury has opted to report only cases that have been confirmed by testing," a spokesperson said.

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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.