March 11: COVID-19 Update

The Chesapeake’s leadership team learned on March 6 that two team members—one environmental services team member and one security team member—tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, a third team member tested positive during baseline testing on March 9. The positive cases were identified during twice-weekly testing as required due to the area’s positivity rate.

Contact tracing has been completed. Any residents or team members who were identified as having close contact with the team members have been notified directly. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been notified of this positive case. All positive team members are self-quarantining at home until VDH return to work criteria are met. All residents and team members will be re-tested on Friday, March 12.

While outside visitation continues, the leadership team is excited to share great news about inside visitation for healthcare residents. Under new guidelines revised on March 10, the area’s positivity rate no longer must be considered for indoor visitation.

Limited visitation indoors will be allowed for all healthcare residents except:

  • Residents who have a confirmed COVID-19 infection.
  • Residents who are in quarantine.

If there is an outbreak involving a resident or team member, healthcare visitation will be suspended until one round of community-wide testing is completed. If there are no additional positive cases, visitation will resume. Visitation will continue to require proper hand hygiene, face covering or mask and social distancing.

Based on the recent positive case, the new visitation guideline will take effect once one round of testing is completed and there are no additional COVID-19 cases. If there are no new cases, visitation in healthcare should resume sometime next week.

As of February 22, indoor visitation, communal dining and activities resumed for assisted living and memory support residents. The recent positive cases do not impact visitation protocols for these areas.

Please stay tuned to the COVID-19 Communications Hub for up-to-date information.