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7 residents of The South Roanoke Nursing Home die after testing positive for COVID-19

33 residents and 28 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

The sign at the entrance to South Roanoke Nursing Home.
The sign at the entrance to South Roanoke Nursing Home. (WSLS)

ROANOKE, Va. – UPDATE:

The South Roanoke Nursing Home lost 7 residents that ended up with a positive COVID-19 test.

That’s according to Jennifer Eddy.

Eddy says in each case there were significant comorbidities involved. T

he average age of the seven residents lost was 89.3.


The South Roanoke Nursing Home sees an increase in COVID-19 cases.

According to a spokesperson, 33 residents and 28 employees have tested positive for the virus.

Many of those who tested positive did not have symptoms or indications of the illness, according to Jennifer Eddy.

Eddy said, “32 of the 33 COVID-19 positive residents in our care were completely asymptomatic. This means that if we didn’t push for testing we never would have known that they had the illness and are very likely contagious.”

Eddy also says, employees are “working extremely hard to continue to provide the best possible care under extremely challenging circumstances and we are all incredibly appreciative of the community’s overwhelming support during this difficult time.”

As we’ve reported, employees are screened before entering and upon leaving shifts.


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