HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – A senior living and retirement community in Henrico County's West End has announced one of their residents has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Cedarfield says the resident was isolated in their health care center room for several days and is now under quarantine after they were notified of the positive test on Friday.
Officials say the resident was tested for COVID-19 when they began experiencing symptoms.
Cedarfield officials says they have been in touch with state and local health officials and they're working to limit exposure to residents and employees.
"Early indications from health department officials are that potential spread of the virus is minimal, because of the precautions and preparedness plans already in place, but we must continue to practice self-isolation, good hand washing, and the use of appropriate PPE," said Chris Henderson, CEO of Pinnacle Living.
Officials say the Cedarfield healthcare team is in contact with team members who may have been in contact with the resident to communicate and implement interventions as directed by the health department.
The resident’s family and physician have also been notified.
Following guidance from the CDC and VDH, visitation restrictions will remain in place, all dining venues remain closed, group events and programs continue to be canceled and team members will continue to deep clean common areas. Officials say the policies will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
"I am proud of our team and the work already done and I’m confident in our ability to deal with this situation and continue to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and team members," Henderson said.
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.