HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A resident of Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico County has died, the county’s health district director confirmed Thursday.
The person who died was identified as a man in his 70s. The news comes a day after a third resident at the center succumbed to COVID-19.
“This is the most serious public health threat that we’ve ever seen. And as we continue to hear the death toll rise globally and in the US, and even here in Virginia, we need to take that seriously,” said Dr. Danny Avula, the director of the Richmond and Henrico health districts.
Seventeen residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, six Canterbury healthcare workers have tested positive for the illness. Despite the rises, Dr. Avula says the cases in the commonwealth are not what he expected.
“Here in Virginia, I would say it’s probably happening a little bit slower than I thought. Just given the steep risers and infection we were seeing in the initial outbreaks,” he told 8News.
A spokesperson for the center released a statement, saying in part:
“While we are deeply focused on the care and protection of our residents and staff here onsite at Canterbury, our hearts go out to the families of those who have passed, and we deeply feel the loss within our community.”Statement from a spokesperson with Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico County
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