MARTINSVILLE, VA – A resident at Mulberry Creek Nursing and Rehab Center in Martinsville has tested positive for COVID-19.
On Monday evening, the facility's administrator Bob Nelson informed residents and family members about the case in an email obtained by BTW21 News.
“The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Mulberry Creek Nursing and Rehab, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances,” he wrote in the email.
The nursing and rehabilitation facility, formally known as Blue Ridge Rehab Center and Blue Ridge Manor, was acquired by Kissito Healthcare.
Under new federal requirements, nursing homes are required to inform residents and their families about coronavirus cases in their facilities.
“We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19,” Nelson said in the email.
Also on Monday evening, the Virginia Department of Health announced that a Martinsville woman in her 90s was hospitalized with the virus.
Wether the two cases are related as not been confirmed.
“Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information,” Nelson said.