South Roanoke Nursing Home announces recovery of 72 residents, staff from COVID-19


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Over the last several weeks, multiple cases of coronavirus occurred at the South Roanoke Nursing Home.

Now, they are celebrating a total of 33 residents and 39 staff members who have recovered from the virus.

South Roanoke Nursing Home became one of the first facilities in the Commonwealth to request comprehensive point prevalence testing from the Virginia Health Department.

By the time the facility secured and completed testing, it had more than 50 test-confirmed cases.

“If we hadn’t conducted the comprehensive testing when we did, we likely still wouldn’t have known that we had ever had this many potential exposure points to manage. We are thankful for the assistance provide[d] by our local health department. They advocated heavily on our behalf and helped us get the information we needed so we could aggressively address our community concerns.

Jennifer Eddy, South Roanoke Nursing Home Spokesperson

Not long after the test results came back, South Roanoke Nursing Home announced that they had lost ten residents who had confirmed COVID-19 cases.

While South Roanoke Nursing Home has confirmed there are no longer any active cases of coronavirus inside of the facility, staff will continue to wear personal protective equipment.

Staff and residents will also continue to be diligently screened for signs of reemergence of the illness.

To remain in compliance with state guidelines, social visitation is still being restricted at the nursing home.

The team at South Roanoke Nursing Home thanks the community who showed endless support during this challenging time.

“The prayers, handmade signs, phone calls, letters, snacks, PPE donation offers, and other kind and generous gestures provided by so many families, friends, colleagues and neighbors were all deeply meaningful. We’ve always known that this region is full of special people, but the extra efforts everyone took to remind ius that we had their support during this challenging moment were both moving and encouraging,” Eddy said.

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