COVID-19 cases in Virginia surpass 40,000; two test positive at Blacksburg's Warm Hearth

COVID-19 cases in Virginia surpass 40,000; two test positive at Blacksburg's Warm Hearth

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The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the state has 40,249 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 907 from the 39,342 reported Tuesday.

The 40,249 cases include 38,276 confirmed cases and 1,973 probable cases. Also, there are 1,281 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,202 confirmed and 79 probable. That’s an increase of 45 from the 1,236 reported Tuesday.

VDH said there are 330 outbreaks in the state, 192 in long-term care facilities. These facilities also account for 731 of the state’s 1,281 deaths attributed to the virus.

And related to that, on Wednesday it was announced that two rehab patients at the Kroontje Health Care Center at Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The two people are showing no signs or symptoms of the disease and have been isolated since their recent admission from the hospital to prevent spread of infection to others, according to Warm Hearth spokeswoman Tambra Dixon.

Both tested negative prior to their admission and per Warm Hearth’s protocol, post -admission tests were administered and Warm Hearth was notified of the positive results by the VDH, Dixon wrote in a statement.

At the advice of the facility’s medical director, follow-up tests have been administered with results to come, according to the statement.

Warm Hearth is partnering with area public health officials and under their leadership is working to notify stakeholders and identify anyone else at risk. Widespread baseline testing of residents and staff at the Kroontje Health Care Center will begin immediately, under the direction of the VDH, according to the statement.

“The Warm Hearth Board of Directors and I commend our employees, residents and families for their patience and diligence in keeping the virus at bay. We have been successfully proactive in protecting our Village from COVID-19 to this point. We have worked to educate ourselves through national, state and local resources and to share our knowledge helping residents and staff understand the threat and its potential impact on our community. This proactive approach and diligent management of this risk on behalf of our stakeholders will help us minimize the impact on our community to the extent possible,” said Ferne Moschella, president and CEO.

The VDH defines probable COVID-19 cases as people who are symptomatic with a known exposure to COVID-19, but have not been confirmed with a positive test.

VDH data shows most state cases (80%) are occurring in working age adults between the ages of 20 and 69, with people in their 40s accounting for the largest percentage of cases (18.6%). The majority of deaths (76.7%) are among Virginians over the age of 70.

Fairfax County, the state’s most populous locality with more than 1.1 million people, has the most cases with 10,069 and 364 deaths.

State health officials have said there’s a lag in the reporting of statewide numbers on the VDH website. Figures on the website might not include cases or deaths reported by localities or local health districts.

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