Williamsburg senior living community confirms second positive coronavirus case

Posted at 6:13 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 17:01:31-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The WindsorMeade Senior Living Retirement Community in Williamsburg received notification Wednesday of a second COVID-19 diagnosis.

Staff say except for trips outside the community for medical appointments, the person who tested positive and their spouse had been practicing self-isolation in their residence, where they remain under quarantine.

Working within guidelines set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the resident received medical care at Sentara Hospital, where they were tested for COVID-19. After the hospital visit, the resident returned to self-isolation in their residence and the WindsorMeade team provided support as they awaited the outcome of the tests.

Early indications from WindsorMeade Medical Director Dr. Pranav Parikh are that this second case is not related to the first diagnosis and that potential spread of the virus is minimal because of the precautions already in place.

The health care team and Dr. Parikh have been in contact with the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Peninsula Health District.

According to Dr. Parikh, “WindsorMeade is exceeding all of the recommendations of the VDH and the CDC. Although WindsorMeade does have a second resident who is positive for COVID-19, I believe this second resident’s exposure occurred outside of WindsorMeade in the greater Williamsburg community.”

Dr. Parikh is also reminding all residents to continue to practice physical distancing and to stay in their residences. If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 — including a temperature, dry cough, shortness of breath, congestion, aches, pains and fatigue — you are asked to contact the WindsorMeade Clinic immediately.

WindsorMeade continues to closely monitor the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The senior living community will continue following guidance from the CDC, the VDH, the Virginia Healthcare Coalition and Dr. Parikh.

As they continue to physical distancing, visitation restrictions will remain in place, all dining venues remain closed, group events and programs continue to be canceled and staff will continue to deep clean common areas and health services areas in the community. This policy will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

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