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Upon re-test, two rehab patients test negative for COVID-19 at Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg

Both people not showing any signs or symptoms

Coronavirus testing tubes
Coronavirus testing tubes (AP)

BLACKSBURG, Va.UPDATE

Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg announced on Wednesday that two of its rehab patients had tested positive for COVID-19, however, upon being re-tested, both results came back negative.

Leaders with the retirement community announced the negative results on Friday.

They said they decided to re-test for several reasons, including the fact that neither patient had symptoms and that they had both tested negative at the hospital.

Both patients have been isolated since their recent admission to Warm Hearth from the hospital, leaders said.

ORIGINAL STORY

A local retirement community confirmed two cases of coronavirus among its residents on Wednesday.

Two rehab patients at the Kroontje Health Care Center at Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The two people who tested positive are not showing any signs or symptoms, according to leaders with Warm Hearth. Both have been isolated since their recent admission to Warm Hearth from a hospital.

Both people tested negative prior to their admission to Warm Hearth, leaders said. They also said it’s normal protocol to test residents again after they’ve been admitted which is when they received the positive results.

The retirement community says it’s partnering with public health officials to identify anyone else at risk. The Virginia Department of Health will direct “widespread” baseline testing of all residents and staff, according to Warm Hearth leaders.


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