HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The director of the Henrico and Richmond health districts, Dr. Danny Avula, said Wednesday that the death count at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has reached 35.
Canterbury had disclosed an additional COVID-19 death earlier in the day, which would have put the center’s death toll from the virus at 33, but Avula later confirmed that 35 individuals at the long-term facility had died from the virus.
The western Henrico nursing home has experienced one of the worst clusters of the coronavirus in the country, with at least 35 reported deaths and more than 100 individuals who have tested positive for the virus.
Gov. Ralph Northam addressed the spread at the facility during a Wednesday press conference.
“We’re doing everything we can to protect those individuals but to prevent this from happening in other nursing homes but it’s a real challenge,” Gov. Northam said.
“The Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center operational team again wishes to recognize the tireless efforts of our medical and nursing staff, quality assurance team, and department heads who are working around the clock to serve the people in our care. Their steadfast professionalism and dedication remain unwavering at this unprecedented time,” Jeremiah Davis, Canterbury’s administrator, said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Canterbury reported four deaths in a 24-hour span that put the facility’s death count at 32.
8News has learned that the Virginia Department of Health conducted an onsite inspection in response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. They told 8News they observed high-level cleaning during the visit but there was also some concerns that may have impacted the outcome of patients.
The report added that the facility was not equipped to urgently transport patients to the lobby for EMS evaluation and most beds don’t have wheels to move them quickly.
“The challenges that we’re having in our nursing homes I think speaks to a couple of things,” Northam said Wednesday. “One is just how contagious this virus is when it gets in a confined space like that and it also speaks to the challenges that all of us as governors have had.”
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