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The Novel Coronavirus in Virginia Nursing Homes

Over the past month, the novel coronavirus has quickly spread across the United States, infecting hundreds of thousands. The current administration estimates that tens of thousands of people will die as a result of COVID-19. While the virus does not seriously jeopardize the health of everyone infected, older Americans, as well as those with pre-existing health conditions, are among the most at-risk populations of experiencing serious health complications. Not surprisingly, Virginia nursing home residents are especially at risk.

According to a recent news report, a total of 16 residents of a Virginia long-term care facility have now died from the coronavirus. It appears that all those who died caught the virus from the facility, The Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in suburban Richmond. This count includes the deaths of five residents who had been sick with the virus for weeks.

In all, over 90 residents have tested positive since mid-March, when the facility began testing residents and staff. This figure represents two-thirds of the entire resident population. More than half of those who tested positive did not show any symptoms of the virus.

Long-Term Care Facilities Must Protect Residents from COVID-19

Nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities all have a duty to protect residents. Often, when discussing Virginia nursing home negligence, thoughts of bedsores, and missed medication come to mind. However, nursing homes must also develop and implement response plans for situations such as the COVID-19 crisis.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, all facilities should assume that the virus is in their area and take the necessary precautions, even if there are no known cases in the immediate area. The CDC recommends the following precautions should be taken by these facilities to reduce the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Restrict all visits, except for those involving certain compassionate care situations.
  • Cancel all group activities and communal dining.
  • Restrict all volunteers and non-essential healthcare personnel.
  • Implement active screening of residents and health-care providers for fever and respiratory symptoms.

When a resident contracts a disease such as the novel coronavirus due to a lax or non-existent response plan, the facility may be held liable as a result. Those with family members who may have caught the coronavirus from a Virginia nursing home should reach out to a dedicated Virginia personal injury lawyer for immediate assistance.

Contact a Virginia Nursing Home Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has recently contracted the coronavirus or another preventable disease or infection while staying in a Virginia nursing home, contact Robinson Law, PLLC. At Robinson Law, we represent individuals and families in cases against negligent and abusive nursing homes, including Virginia wrongful death claims. We have extensive experience handling all types of Virginia nursing home abuse and neglect cases, and can provide you or your loved one with advice on how to proceed with your case. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our dedicated attorneys, call 703-649-4500. Because we work on a contingency basis, we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you recover for your injuries or losses.

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