16 dead at Henrico Co. nursing facility with COVID-19 outbreak

16 dead at Henrico Co. nursing facility with COVID-19 outbreak
COVID-19 (Source: AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia long-term care facility that tested all of its residents because of the scope of its coronavirus outbreak announced more deaths Thursday, bringing the total to 16, but said many residents who tested positive showed no signs of being ill.

The testing more than doubled the number of confirmed cases at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, according to a statement from the Henrico County facility. Ninety-two in-house or hospitalized residents tested positive, the statement said, up from a total earlier in the week of 41.

Of those who tested positive, 53, or about 58%, showed no sign of being ill.

Canterbury’s medical director, Dr. Jim Wright, said in an interview this week that at one point in the outbreak, staff were triaging patients in a way he never expected to see in the United States.

Relatives of patients have expressed grave concerns about their loved ones. Visitations are not currently permitted.

The facility has said all COVID-19 patients at Canterbury are being treated in an isolated unit with dedicated staff.

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