Virus case found at rehab center

The entrance to Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center in the town of Louisa.

A former employee at Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The employee, whose last day at the center was June 1, informed administrators of the positive test result on June 6.

“We have proactively reached out to the local health department and we are following their guidance,” said Mark Morriss, the facility administrator. 

Morriss said that employees who may have had “indirect exposure” to the virus are self-quarantining until they are symptom-free for 10 days and have been tested for the virus.  Results of the tests have not yet been received. 

“No patients or staff have exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19,” Morriss said. 

When the pandemic first hit in March, Louisa Health and Rehab implemented preventative measures which remain in effect, including visitation restrictions, employee temperature and symptom scanning before each shift and discontinuation of communal dining, congregate therapy and group activities.

“These measures follow a strict interpretation of the guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Virginia Department of Health,” Morriss said. “We are actively observing patients for any indication of a need for testing or additional treatment and will contact families accordingly.”

On May 26, an employee at Dogwood Village in Orange County tested positive for COVID-19 and began a similar 10-day isolation. Since then, testing revealed two other staff members who had been infected.

Across the Thomas Jefferson Health District, which includes Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Greene and Albemarle counties and the City of Charlottesville, 16 percent of all confirmed coronavirus cases have been in long-term care facilities like the Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Last updated June 10 at 5:44 p.m.

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