Three out of four residents of the Brandon Home in South Boston had tested positive for COVID-19 along with five staff members before their Saturday closing, according to Southside Behavioral Health Executive Director Beth Englehorn.

The intermediate care facility closed over the weekend after Englehorn says they “did not have the staff to keep them in their home.”

The four residents were then transported to another Southside Behavioral Health facility in Mecklenburg County.

The executive director also said they were in contact with the Virginia Department of Health and followed their guidance, who also told them they should “not go in there for five days” while they “let the virus dry out.”

Outbreaks also are at The Hope House in La Crosse and another Mecklenburg County group home.

In coordination with the Virginia Department of Health, they also are working to have all staff and residents tested and will be working with them throughout this outbreak for additional support, as they have been since the beginning of the pandemic.

Leaders with Southside Behavior Health called closing the Brandon Home a “very difficult decision,” and Englehorn said on Wednesday that they’d “absolutely” like to return residents to the Brandon Home when staff becomes available.

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Established in 1972, Southside Behavioral Health provides behavioral health, developmental disability, substance use and prevention services to the residents of Southside Virginia in Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Brunswick counties.

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