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COVID-19 death toll at Henrico center jumps again overnight

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 16:49:38-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Twenty-eight people have now died from COVID-19 at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, a spokesperson for the center confirmed Monday.

The center, located off Gayton Road in the West End, is the site of the largest COVID-19 cluster in Henrico.

The death toll jumped by eight overnight as the center reported its 20th death on Sunday. It also reported 88 Canterbury residents now have COVID-19.

"They are receiving treatment either at a regional hospital or, per guidance from the Henrico County Health Department, onsite at Canterbury," Canterbury Administrator Jeremiah Davis said Sunday.

Thirty-four patients who tested positive are showing symptoms that ranged from severe to mild.

A majority (54) of those who tested positive are asymptomatic and showed no signs of illness, Davis wrote in an email.

Thirty-five Canterbury residents tested negative for COVID-19, Davis confirmed.

Additionally, 25 healthcare workers at the facility have tested positive.

"Outstanding test results and numbers of suspected cases are shifting, so to avoid confusion, Canterbury has opted to report only cases that have been confirmed by testing," a spokesperson said.

COVID-19 Precautions

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.