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Williamsburg senior living retirement community resident tested positive for coronavirus

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A resident at an independent living retirement community in Williamsburg has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Representatives at WindsorMeade, 3900 Windsor Hall Drive, said they received confirmation of the positive test result Saturday.

But it started March 15 when the resident notified a member of WindsorMeade’s health care team of experiencing “potential symptoms of coronavirus.”

The resident immediately self-isolated in their apartment, and remains there under quarantine.

WindsorMeade did not say whether the resident was a man or woman. They also did not provide an age.

WindsorMeade’s health care team and medical director have been in contact with the Virginia Department of Health’s Peninsula Health District, according to the company’s statement.

Working within guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the resident received medical care at Sentara Hospital where the resident was tested for COVID-19.

“Our healthcare team is working closely with the Peninsula Health District to limit exposure to other residents, team members, families and volunteers,” said Chris Henderson, CEO of Pinnacle Living, which operates WindsorMeade. “Early indications from health department officials are that potential spread of the virus is minimal, because of the precautions already in place, but we must continue to practice self-isolation. Our healthcare team has communicated with the limited number of residents and team members we believe may have been in contact with the resident to communicate and implement interventions as directed by the health department or other health professionals. We expect officials from the Virginia Department of Health to contact those individuals as well.”

WindsorMeade said it will continue will continue to take appropriate precautionary measures.

Visitation restrictions will remain in place. All dining venues remain closed, group events and programs continue to be canceled and WindsorMeade staff continue to deep clean common areas and health services areas in the community, according to a news release.

It’s unclear whether this positive case was included in Saturday’s update from the Virginia Department of Health.

As of Saturday, James City County has 20 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID 19), Williamsburg has 4, York County has 3 and Newport News has 2.

On Friday, there were 114 cases in Virginia with 19 cases in James City County, 4 in Williamsburg, 3 in York County and 1 in Newport News.

The two coronavirus-related deaths in the state were in the Peninsula.

“We’re not releasing the age and gender of the individual to protect the resident’s privacy,” said Kent Jennings Brockwell, communications director of Madison + Main and spokesman for WindsorMeade.

“Pretty much everybody is self-isolating,” he added.

The facility’s common areas closed prior to the announcement.

“Common areas closed on March 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.” he wrote in a text message Saturday. “Visitation restrictions started March 13.”

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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