VDH: Long-term care facilities make up 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths in state

VDH: Long-term care facilities make up 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths in state
For the third straight day, Virginia health authorities are reporting a drop in the state’s number of new coronavirus cases. (Source: Associated Press)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Health said on Thursday that those in long-term care facilities make up 40 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in the state.

There are currently 241 “outbreaks” in long-term care facilities across the state. At least two lab-confirmed cases are required to classify an outbreak.

Health officials said there are 82 outbreaks in nursing facilities, with 341 cases and 541 deaths; and 71 outbreaks in assisted living facilities, with 967 cases and 195 deaths.

According to the VDH, nursing home deaths make up a third of Virginia’s total deaths, which is 1,816 as of July 2.

Previously, the VDH announced some measures for the reopening of long-term care facilities which had a focus on testing and having baseline testing done. The VDH also said that reopening guidelines will vary for nursing homes vs. assisted living facilities.

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