VDH working to protect vulnerable populations in long-term care facilities


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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – A recent uptick in COVID-19 cases has resulted in a total of 14 outbreaks at local Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) in the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Health Districts which represents a total of approximately 325 cases among staff and patients of LTCFs since the pandemic began.

“While these numbers are of grave concern to us as managers of public health initiatives, they reflect similar trends in other parts of the state as well as around the country.”

Dr. Molly O’Dell, Director of Communicable Diseases for the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts

Individuals who reside in LTCFs are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 because they live in a congregate living facility and because many are older adults, at the highest risk for severe illness.

Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Department (RCAHD) officials released a COVID-19 case data set, as of Oct. 2, 2020.

Total Cases Related to LTCFs325
Total Number of Cases in RCAHD3,445
Percent of RCAHD Cases Related to LTCFs9.43%
Total Number of COVID-19-Related Deaths in LTCFs26
Total Number of COVID-19-Related Deaths in RCAHD53
Percent of RCAHD COVID-19 Deaths Related to LTCFs49.06%

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