CLIFTON FORGE — Officials at Shenandoah Valley Health and Rehab have announced that all residents and employees have tested negative for the COVID-19 virus, as of June 22.
On June 22, in close coordination with the Virginia Department of Health, the facility underwent baseline COVID-19 testing for all residents and employees. Testing was conducted by the Virginia National Guard.
The facility received the test results on June 30.
According the Ann Marie Parks, Alleghany’s administrator, the staff has worked very hard to maintain a COVID-19-free facility and to ensure that their patients, residents and employees remain safe and healthy during the pandemic.
“From the onset of the current COVID-19 crisis, we have been both diligent and proactive in our efforts to reduce the potential for COVID-19 within our center,”?said Parks.
“Our center continues to strictly adhere to the guidance and protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Virginia Depart-ment of Health (VDH),” she continued. “This includes restricting all non-essential visitors to the facility, closely monitoring the health and wellness of not only their residents, but also their employees, and ensuring that all team members have access to the personal protective equipment they need. We continue to have adequate levels of all needed PPE.”
“While we are unable to allow visitors to the center at this time, we understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents,”?Parks added. “Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats. We are more than happy to assist in setting up a video visit for a resident and his/her family.”
To learn how to help prevent the spread of the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.
Alleghany Health and Rehab is a 105-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located at 1725 Main St. in Clifton Forge. For more information, contact the facility at (540) 862-5791 or visit www.alleghanyrehab.com.
The Virginian Review has been serving Covington, Clifton Forge, Alleghany County and Bath County since 1914.