Henrico County government and health department gives COVID-19 update

Henrico County

HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County Health District Director Dr. Danny Avula says there are a total of 205 cases of coronavirus in Henrico County. More than half of those cases stem from the Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Dr. Avula joined Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas for an update on the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday. Earlier in the day, the Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico revealed 92 residents had tested positive for COVID-19. Sixteen residents have died, including five in the last 24 hours.

“We’re dealing with an enemy here in COVID-19 that is extremely difficult to identify, extremely difficult to control,” Dr. Avula said.

The number of cases at Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico County continue to climb.

“Despite the best efforts from the medical staff… of the testing community and everybody involved, we’re still seeing really significant spread,”Dr. Avula said.

As of Thursday, 108 individuals have tested positive for the infectious disease. Thirty-nine have shown mild to severe symptoms and 35 residents have tested negative.

“Interestingly, 53 of those individuals have not been showing any symptoms and so we call them asymptomatic or perhaps pre-symptomatic because it is entirely within the roam of possibilities that they were tested positive before their symptoms actually onset,” Dr. Avula said.

Dr. Danny Avula also says 26 out of the 147 staff members at the facility have tested positive for coronavirus. They have signed a release saying they are not allowed to work at other facilities to hopefully slow down the spread of COVID-19.

“We are deeply heartbroken for the lives that have been lost,” Dr. Avula said, “and for the families and for the staff that is dealing with the trauma of that yet working double shifts and doing everything they can to keep things moving forward at Canterbury rehab.”

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