HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — There are now 11 confirmed deaths at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Health Center as a result of COVID-19, according to Dr. Danny Avula, Director for Henrico and Richmond Health districts.
Two of the 11 deaths are presumed cases of COVID-19.
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday evening, Dr. Avula said there are a total of 37 residents who tested positive for coronavirus. Additionally, 25 staff members also tested positive for COVID-19.
That number does not include those who have died, Dr. Avula added.
Addressing the overall impact of COVID-19, Dr. Avula says the mortality rate for COVID-19 isn’t as bad as initially expected.
“So right now the numbers are looking like 0.67%. So, 6-to-7 out of a thousand individuals that contract Covid-19 are dying of it.”
“This morning we were a little bit over 1,400 cases,” Dr. Avula said. “It would not surprise me if we were double that next week, perhaps even more.”
Dr. Avula predicts the spread of the disease may peak by late May, early June, saying “we’ll have to follow the data closely and see if that shifts one way or the other.”
Still, Dr. Avula believes clusters of illness in communities of vulnerable individuals, such as nursing homes, long-term care facilities and other areas, is alarming.
“We can do everything right and still have this walk into our facility,” he said. “And I think the nature of this disease is that because we’re seeing more and more that it spreads in individuals who don’t have symptoms it is incredibly difficult to contain.”
8News reporter Nick Conigliaro will have more on 8News at 11 p.m.
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