RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday there are 67 confirmed cases of coronavirus statewide.
That’s an increase of 16 from the 51 reported by the Virginia Department of Health on Monday. The governor also said the state will ban gatherings of 10 or more people.
In Henrico, a resident at Westminster Canterbury has been diagnosed with the virus, the retirement community said in a news release on Tuesday.
The resident is in the hospital after returning from a trip to Florida. Westminster Canterbury Richmond is home to nearly 900 residents.
The news release said Virginia Department of Health officials are on site determining who may have come into contact with the resident. All residents have been told to stay in their rooms or their apartments, and meals are being brought to them.
“We initiated aggressive and proactive efforts in tracking the travel of our residents and employees as well as implemented proactive screening procedures which we believe helped us manage this case as effectively as possible,” said John Burns, president and CEO.
Westminster Canterbury Richmond said they began tracking travel plans of residents, staff and their families on March 4. And on March 11, when a COVID-19 case was confirmed in the Richmond area, the retirement community took measures to lock down the campus, closing to visitors and screening everyone who entered campus.
Karen Dillon, who has lived in Westminster Canterbury’s independent living facility for about two years, said staff slipped letters under all residents’ doors around midnight saying everyone must remain in their rooms.
Since last Wednesday, all residents of the assisted living and health-care units of Westminster Canterbury were quarantined. Independent living residents could leave the facility, but they had to be screened upon their return, including having their temperature and answering questions about where they had been and with whom they’d been in contact.
Now, everyone is on lockdown.
Dillon said she’s been pleased with how communicative the staff has been with residents, noting that they’ve been given regular updates for at least eight days, and they’ll receive a televised update via closed circuit TV this afternoon at 3 p.m.
“We all understand, and nobody’s really panicking,” she said.
Dillon also serves on the residents’ council, so she’s served as a point person for neighbors who have questions or concerns. She noted that one neighbor in assisted living had requested to see her husband, who is on the health care unit.
“They’re making concessions for end-of-life situations where family needs to see their loved ones,” she said.
She added that she has friends in other Richmond-area assisted living facilities who have not received the quality and quantity of updates that Westminster Canterbury residents have received.
Breakdown of Va. cases
The VDH said 1,028 people have been tested for the virus in Virgina, with 67 people testing positive.
This is the breakdown of cases according to the VDH website:
13 — Arlington County
12 — Fairfax County
12 — James City County
5 — Loudoun County
4 — Virginia Beach
4 — Prince William County
4 — Chesterfield County
2 — Alexandria
2- Henrico County
1 — Spotsylvania County
1 — Stafford County
1 — Prince Edward County
1- Goochland County
1 — Hanover County
1 — Harrisonburg
1 — York County
1 — Williamsburg
1 — Charlottesville