A staff member at the South Boston assisted living facility Sentara Woodview tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

While no other staff members or residents are displaying symptoms of the virus, select residents were tested for COVID-19 on Monday as a precaution, based on “potential exposure,” Joni Henderson, interim marketing and public relations consultant for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, shared with The Gazette-Virginian in an email Monday afternoon.

“We learned on July 31 that an employee at Sentara Woodview received positive COVID test results after being tested due to a community based exposure,” Henderson said in the email. “We notified our state regulating agencies, residents and resident representatives in accordance with our state and federal guidance.”

Henderson noted that Sentara continues to work closely with the Virginia Department of Health to keep the residents and staff of Woodview safe during the pandemic.

“Our focus on infection prevention and control measures remains a priority,” Henderson said. “We imposed strict restrictions on visitors in March, and they remain in place. We continue to employ the strictest screening of staff prior to each shift, and all staff are wearing masks while at work. Employees are practicing social distancing and infection prevention procedures (hand washing). We also continue our increased infection prevention measures including sanitizing the high touch areas.”

Sentara Woodview is home to nearly 200 residents in need of either rehabilitation or long-term care, according to Sentara’s website. The facility is located on Rosehill Drive.

In April, Henderson confirmed one resident at Sentara Woodview tested positive for COVID-19 after all residents were tested for the virus as a precautionary measure. That has been the only confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Woodview resident during the pandemic.

Another Sentara long-term care facility in Clarksville, Sentara Meadow View Terrace, has been the site of a COVID-19 outbreak that began on April 4. The Virginia Department of Health website lists the outbreak as “pending closure.” That outbreak has resulted in 84 COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths. Gov. Ralph Northam established a Virginia COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force on April 10 in response to the rising number of cases in long-term care facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

No outbreaks in nursing homes/assisted living homes in Halifax County have been reported during the pandemic, according to the VDH.

As of Tuesday, the VDH’s COVID-19 daily dashboard showed that Halifax County has a total of 143 positive cases of COVID-19, including five hospitalizations and one death from the virus. The Southside Health District, which encompasses Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick Counties, had a total of seven outbreaks, including three in long-term care facilities.

Aug. 4 data

Location Cases Deaths
Halifax County 143 1
Mecklenburg County 311 32
Danville 347 7
Pittsylvania County 380 2
Henry County 523 6
Martinsville 173 3

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at mbaines@gazettevirginian.com.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at mbaines@gazettevirginian.com.