BEDFORD, Va. (AP/WFXR) — Local officials are citing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers among reasons for selling a county-owned nursing home in southwestern Virginia.

The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a meeting Monday, April 18 to hear from citizens during a public comment period about a possible sale of the nursing home which was established as the County Poor Farm in 1831.

County officials are considering selling the facility to Roanoke-based American HealthCare LLC. County officials released a statement suggesting that industry experts are better positioned to run such facilities.

They also noted that the vaccine mandate for healthcare employees is “contrary to the positions of all board members” and has complicated uniformity in how county employees are treated.

During Monday night’s meeting, supervisors did not make a decision about the possible sale of the nursing home.