Virginia retirement community reports 16 deaths, 105 infections

Health officials in Virginia say that 16 residents at a retirement community have died amidst a coronavirus outbreak. CBS affiliate WTVR reports that Chesterfield County health officials confirmed the deaths on Tuesday.

Chesterfield Health Director Alexander Samuel also said that the outbreak has infected 69 residents and 36 staff at Tyler’s Retreat at Iron Bridge.

“The facility acts in the best interest of its residents to promote their health, safety, and welfare,” Tyler’s Retreat at Iron Bridge said in a statement to WTVR. We continue to work closely with the Department of Health and follow all local, state and federal reporting guidelines and regulations.”

The facility is owned by Ohio-based Saber Health Care Group.

The Virginia Department of Health reports that long-term care facilities have had 478 COVID-19 outbreaks, 13,000 cases and 1,754 deaths.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities account for about 49% of the 3,600 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Long-term care facilities have been calling for additional emergency relief from the federal government. But the U.S. Senate recessed this week after confirming a new justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, ending the possibility for a new relief package before the election.

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