At least 70 percent of Loudoun County’s more than 80 COVID-19 related deaths are connected to eight senior living or long-term care facilities, according to Virginia Department of Health figures shown Wednesday.
Out of the deaths, at least 60 are from the eight sites that include nursing, assisted living and general senior living facilities. Death count data from two facilities is being suppressed by the state health department to preserve anonymity. (See list below)
Out of the county’s 3,683 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the facilities made up 10 percent of the cases.
Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehab in Leesburg was the only facility to have a currently active outbreak as of Wednesday. Heritage Hall had seen 90 cases and 14 deaths.
Outbreaks at the remaining seven facilities were pending closure.
Specific case information from long-term care facilities has not been disclosed due to patient confidentiality requirements. Altogether, Loudoun County has had a total of 13 outbreaks, including the 10 in long-term care facilities.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said despite some misinformation being released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) regarding long-term care facilities, he felt it was important to take another look at disclosing the information. He initially said he wouldn’t do so, citing patient privacy information.
“Now that there are more cases in these facilities, we can make an exception and release this information without compromising confidentiality,” Northam said. “ … I understand that it has been difficult for families who wanted information about the facilities where their loved ones are living and it’s time we make this change.”
CMS in May outlined its reopening criteria for nursing facilities across the country, including a recommendation that all facilities conduct a baseline testing survey and that facilities with outbreaks test residents and staff weekly.
VDH’s guidelines during the first phase of reopening required licensed nursing homes, certified skilled nursing facilities, and certified nursing facilities to conduct baseline and ongoing testing of all facility staff and residents. State officials said testing recommendations for later phases of the reopening process are under development and will be informed by what is learned in the initial part of reopening. Northam said $246 million in funding – mostly from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – will go to support long-term care facilities. A majority of funding will go to nursing facilities, which receive Medicaid payments. More than $56 million alone is being provided for periodic testing of nursing home residents and staff.
Outbreaks in Loudoun senior communities
Outbreak in progress
-Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehab (Nursing home) — 90 cases, 14 deaths
-Ashby Ponds (Multi-care) — 62 cases, 10 deaths
-Atria Sterling (Assisted Living) — 19 cases, deaths unknown*
-Johnson Center at Falcons Landing (Multi-care) — 48 cases, deaths unknown*
-Potomac Falls Health and Rehab Center (Multi-care) — 86 cases, 21 deaths
-Sunrise at Countryside (Assisted Living) — 14 cases, 5 deaths
-Tribute at One Loudoun (Multi-care) — 48 cases, 10 deaths
Figures as of June 24
*Death counts suppressed by state