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Employee at Greene care facility tests positive

STANARDSVILLE — A staff member at Grace Health and Rehab Center of Greene County has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the center.

“Grace Health and Rehab of Greene County is committed to protecting our residents and staff while keeping the public informed,” said Nancy Burandt, administrator, in an email Friday. “A staff member was tested positive for COVID-19 on May 6 and we are currently working to ensure our facility is not impacted.”

The employee’s last date of work was April 28 and they continues to self-quarantine at home until able to return per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Burandt said in the statement.

“There are no confirmed or suspected cases among our residents,” she said. “Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. These practices have been reviewed by the [Virginia Department of Health] and found to be in compliance with their guidelines, as well as those issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We view the health department as essential partners to help minimize the risk of this illness from entering our facility.”

As of Friday, Greene County has 16 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and two have required hospitalization. There has been one death.

The Virginia Department of Health has started classifying cases by ZIP code. As of Friday, Stanardsville had five cases and Ruckersville had seven. Dyke is listed as “suppressed” because if there are four or fewer cases in a locality, the health department will not release the number. However, Barboursville falls within Greene and Orange counties and is listed with five cases, but it’s unclear whether they are in Greene or Orange.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District is planning a drive-thru testing clinic in Greene County this coming Friday, with sign-ups for those with symptoms available on Wednesday and Thursday by calling (434) 972-6261. The location has not been finalized.

Burandt said Grace Health and Rehab will continue to follow guidance from the CDC.

“As your trusted health care provider, employer and community partner, we pledge to provide you with updated information to our evolving situation daily through a hotline, along with frequent email, blog and Facebook postings,” she said.


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