South Roanoke Nursing Home says three staff, one patient test positive for coronavirus


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Three staff members and a resident at a Roanoke nursing home tested positive for coronavirus, the parent company confirmed to WFXR News Tuesday morning.

Two nurses and one certified nursing assistant (CNA) tested positive for COVID-19.

Below is a portion of the letter sent to patients and families of patients at South Roanoke Nursing Home.

“In every case, these staff members were screened before entering our building and again at the time they left at the end of their last shift. At the time they last left our facility, none of our employees have had an elevated temperature nor reported any signs, symptoms, or other indicators known to be related to COVID-19.

Unfortunately, yesterday afternoon, one of our residents recorded an elevated fever that our team found concerning. I am pleased to report that we were able to mobilize quickly, confer with the resident’s family and physician, and then move this resident to a better equipped hospital care setting within hours. This morning we were notified that the COVID-19 test for this patient came back positive.

We are continuing to work with the local health department to do everything we can to protect those in our care, as well as those that show up ready to serve and protect our residents daily. This is a challenging moment, and I hope you will join me in recognizing that there are truly heroes among us.

Our team has been busy analyzing our interaction records closely and has established an isolated quarantine unit to care for any residents who may have been exposed to anyone who has since been diagnosed with COVID-19.  All staff working in this special unit have access N-95 masks, gowns, and face shields – which together help protect our care workers and help to prevent the potential spread of infection from one resident to another. We are also limiting patient interaction as much as possible at this time. We are prioritizing care needs as always but are attempting to limit potential additional exposure points in all the ways that we can.

These recent developments are troubling, and like us, you are very likely concerned. Family member connections remain critically important to each of our residents’ wellness and quality of life. We continue to encourage you to connect with your loved ones frequently through Skype, Facebook Messenger, traditional phone calls, texting, and other social media formats. If you would like help using any of these newer technologies, please do not hesitate to let our team know. We are happy to assist.

Letter to patients and families at South Roanoke Nursing Home

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