COVID-19 outbreak infects 18 Central State patients and 11 employees | Government-and-politics

Dinwiddie County Central State Hospital is one of five mental health facilities the state suspended admissions to on July 9 because they had too few staff to care for patients safely.


A COVID-19 outbreak has infected 18 patients and 11 employees of the State Central Hospital, all in one building for the long-term care of people with mental illness at the public psychiatric facility near Petersburg.

The outbreak in Central State is the latest manifestation of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nine patients and one employee at behavioral health facilities in Virginia since mid-summer. State institutions had 57 active cases among staff and patients on Monday, with 93 pending tests and 366 people recovered from the virus.

“It sounds very alarming,” Del said. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, whose district includes the hospital and many of its employees.

A state behavioral health spokesperson said the outbreak in the central state, based in Dinwiddie County, is confined to Building 95, which is used for patients requiring long-term treatment for the disease. mental. The state is awaiting COVID-19 test results for 31 additional employees and three patients.

“The health and safety of patients and staff remains our number one priority,” said Lauren Cunningham, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

“We cannot reveal more details of those who have tested positive,” Cunningham said in an email Monday. She added: “Staff members who have tested positive are now self-quarantined and patients who have tested positive are quarantined at the facility.”

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