Cases

Ten residents of a South Boston nursing home have died of COVID-19, federal data shows.

At South Boston Health and Rehabilitation — previously known as Woodview before a change in ownership — 131 residents had tested positive for COVID-19 by the week ending Nov. 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 10 residents have died there, the data reports. One death occurred in the week ending Oct. 25, then six for the week ending Oct. 8. Three more deaths were recorded for the most recent data available for the week ending Nov. 15.

The information is submitted to the CDC on a weekly basis and uploaded online later. The latest filings became available for public viewing late last week.

Long-term care facilities sometimes adjust the information week-to-week. For example, a previous report only showed four deaths for the week of Nov. 8 at the South Boston center.

A total of 59 employees also have tested positive for the illness caused by the coronavirus, making the total number of cases reported by Nov. 15 to be 190. Those figures date back to late May when nursing homes were required to submit weekly reports to the CDC.

Virginia, which has a task force dedicated to tracking outbreaks at long-term facilities, updates data only weekly. The last filing on Nov. 23 shows 204 cases associated with an outbreak at the facility formerly known as Woodview. Virginia, however, does not offer other details, like breaking down the caseload between residents and workers.

The CDC report notes South Boston Health and Rehabilitation reported a shortage of nursing staff, aides and other general staff. For clinical staff, there was no shortage.

Two cases among residents and three staff members were confirmed for the week ending Sept. 13. Three more staff members were suspected of having the illness, data shows.

In the next filing on Sept. 20, another staff member had tested positive.

The week of Oct. 4 shows another resident contracted COVID-19. The following week — Oct. 11 — three more staff members tested positive.

It was the week ending Oct. 18 that cases began to grow. Six more residents and three staff members were listed as testing positive for COVID-19.

The next week, Oct. 25, 25 more residents and eight staff members had become infected with the illness. The Virginia Long-Term Care Task Force shows the outbreak was reported on Oct. 23.

By Nov. 1, nine more residents and six staff members tested positive.

An explosion of cases came the next week on Nov. 8. That’s when 58 residents and 22 staff members returned positive tests for COVID-19.

The latest filing on Nov. 15 shows 29 more residents and 11 staff members had been infected in that reporting period.

Berry Hill Health and Rehab Center also is experiencing an outbreak in cases. As of Nov. 15, two residents had tested positive, along with two staff members since the outbreak was reported on Nov. 4.

Another two staff members were suspected of having COVID-19.

Since records began in late May, a total of nine staff members have tested positive at Berry Hill.

Overall data

The official COVID-19 death toll for Halifax County was 17 as of Sunday’s report from the Virginia Department of Health. That’s an increase of five since early last week.

It’s not clear if the nursing home deaths are included in those figures. The state health department must wait for a death certificate to arrive before entering the information into an online database.

The CDC’s report on the other hand comes directly from nursing homes.

Halifax County’s caseload was at 814 as of Sunday, an increase of 40 in the last week.

Mecklenburg County also recorded another death last week and surpassed 1,000 cases on Saturday. As of Sunday, that county had accumulated 1,006 cases in the last eight months.