|The Annandale Healthcare Center was formerly known as Sleepy Hollow Health Care Center.|
That’s the biggest COVID outbreak in any nursing home or assisted living facility in Virginia.
The VDH, which released the names of nursing homes, assisted living centers, and multi-care facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks on June 19, lists 17 facilities in Fairfax County with outbreaks in progress, 14 where outbreaks have closed, and 12 where outbreaks are pending closure.
The following facilities on the VDH list are in the Annandale/Mason District area (the date is when the VDH was alerted. * means fewer than five and the number is suppressed to protect anonymity):
Outbreaks in progress:
- Annandale Healthcare Center, April 9 – 156 cases, 51 deaths.
- Brightview Woodburn, Annandale, April 28 – 28 cases, 9 deaths.
- Leewood Healthcare Center, April 9 – 115 cases, 35 deaths.
- Arden Courts of Annandale, April 9 – 13 cases, 5 deaths.
Outbreaks pending closure:
- Arondale Retirement and Assisted Living, Springfield, April 9 – * cases, 0 deaths.
- Goodwin House – Bailey’s Crossroads, April 24 – 25 cases; * deaths.
- Renaissance of Annandale, May 12 – 27 cases, * deaths.
- The Lincolnian, Lincolnia, April 24 – 26 cases, * deaths.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on June 19 announced new guidelines and testing requirements for reopening long-term care facilities, and outlined how the commonwealth will direct $246 million, primarily from federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, to support long-term care facilities.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommends that all facilities conduct a baseline testing survey and that facilities with outbreaks test residents and staff weekly.
The VDH guidelines for reopening nursing homes require them to conduct baseline and ongoing testing of all facility staff and residents while those facilities are in the first phase of the reopening process.
Virginia will spend an additional $246 million in new funding to support nursing homes and assisted living facilities in addressing staffing shortages, increasing infection control measures, and purchasing personal protective equipment, as well as complying with the new testing requirements.
The majority of funding will go to nursing facilities that receive Medicaid payments. More than $56 million will support periodic testing of nursing home residents and staff.
Because a majority of outbreaks in Virginia have occurred in long-term care facilities, VDH, in partnership with the Virginia National Guard, has conducted “baseline” or point prevalence surveys, in which all residents and staff are tested in the same time period. The goal is complete these baseline surveys of all Virginia nursing homes by July 15.