Richfield Living employee tests positive for the coronavirus

Employee reportedly lives with someone who tested positive this weekend

Employee at Richfield Living tests positive for COVID-19
Employee at Richfield Living tests positive for COVID-19

SALEM, Va. – Richfield Living is taking action after an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the company.

The senior living center learned Tuesday afternoon that an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee is reported to live with a family member who tested positive this weekend after working in other local healthcare facilities in the area that have reported COVID-19 cases.

“We want to extend our thoughts and prayers to all impacted by the COVID-19 virus, especially our residents in the hospital and team members affected. Our team has been and will continue to relentlessly follow expert protocols to minimize the spread of the virus within our community and the greater Roanoke/ Salem Valley," said CEO Cherie Grisso. "We appreciate all the support we have already received for the community while residents have been sheltering in place. Our focus is to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and our team members.”

In response, Richfield has quarantined 12 residents and asked four employees who worked with the employee to self-quarantine.

So far, no Richfield residents on campus have tested positive.

However, Richfield said two residents were admitted to the hospital with non-COVID conditions weeks ago and during their hospitalization, they contracted COVID-19 and remain hospitalized undergoing treatment.

An additional COVID-19 test for a resident came back negative, Richfield announced Wednesday night.

Not including the two residents who contracted COVID-19 in the hospital, Richfield says three residents total have tested negative. They also said three employees have tested negative.

Richfield said it has been taking certain precautions for more than a month. These include:

  • Short-term rehab patients transitioning from the hospital stay in an isolation unit for 14 days assuming they may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • All team members being screened and wearing masks
  • Team members working in the isolation unit use complete isolation protocols

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