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Virginia Nursing Home Had Plenty of Coronavirus Patients but Few Tests [The New York Times]

Due to the lack of widespread testing and challenges in retaining nursing home staff, residents, who are often older and more vulnerable to the coronavirus, live in close quarters and have a higher chance of contracting the virus.

Original article written by Simon Romero, Danielle Ivory, & Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs

Image taken by Steve Helber from Associated Press

Published April 15, 2020

Updated April 17, 2020

The Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Richmond, Virginia, has one of the highest known death tolls due to the coronavirus in the United States. The facility had its first case on March 18th. A month later, at least 46 residents are dead, more than 25% of the facility’s population. Before the outbreak began, the facility’s medical doctor had requested how to test suspected cases. However, the doctor and the facility’s residences were left in the dark. The situation worsened, and it took nearly two weeks for the facility’s residents to be tested for the coronavirus.

As the crisis intensified, Canterbury remained understaffed. A current resident expressed her gratitude for the Canterbury staff members, who “have been putting themselves at risk on the front lines.”


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