A resident at Williamsburg Landing is hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Williamsburg Landing is working closely with the public health officials to determine who may have come in contact with the resident, according to a news release Friday from the “Continuing Care/Life Plan” community.
It’s the first case of coronavirus at Williamsburg Landing.
It remains unclear when the resident tested positive and when the resident was taken to the hospital.
Officials at Williamsburg Landing said that as soon as the resident tested positive, they “took additional steps, including requesting all residents in that building to remain in their apartments…”
This is just one of the new cases in the area.
As of Friday, James City County remains to have one of the highest positive cases of coronavirus in the state per capita at 55; Williamsburg has 5, York County, 9, Newport News 12, 5 in Hampton, and 1 in Poquoson, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Health professionals have repeatedly warned the public that people older than 65 are more susceptible to complications if they contract the virus.
“I cannot emphasize enough that it will take an entire community to control this,” said said Gregory T. Storer, president and chief executive officer of Williamsburg Landing, in a news release. “We ask that everyone please take the Coronavirus seriously.”
In the meantime, Williamsburg Landing staff are attending to all of the residents’ needs.
The facility started taking measures to protect residents as early as Feb. 28, when the first case of the virus was confirmed in Virginia, according to the news release. Williamsburg Landing had previously implemented policies that restricted visitation in health care facilities for end-of-life situations, screened and took temperatures of employees and eliminated communal dining.
“We initiated aggressive and proactive efforts which we believe will continue to assist us in managing this case as effectively as possible,” Storer said. “At Williamsburg Landing, we have an outstanding group of professionals who serve a high- risk population.”
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