Sixteen COVID-19 cases reported at nursing home

Note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent data posted by Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center on its website.

Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center says 18 patients and eight staff were infected with COVID-19 as of Oct. 16.

Until the current outbreak, the facility had managed to keep the virus at bay, with only two staff members and no patients with the virus since the pandemic began in March.

It's unclear how the outbreak began and whether it can be traced to staff or visitors. The facility encourages people to visit with patients outside, but says inside visits can be arranged when necessary.

On its website, the rehab center says people can visit patients when the prevalence of positive cases is less than 10 percent and there are no active cases in the facility. The statewide seven-day average for positive cases has hovered in recent days at around five percent.

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.

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