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Prince Edward resident dies from COVID-19

A Prince Edward County resident has died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A press release from David Martin of the Piedmont Health District said the victim was “an elderly Piedmont Health District citizen who was a resident  of a local long-term healthcare facility in the health district.”

Farmville Mayor David Whitus said he was told by a representative of the Piedmont Health District, that the person who died was a resident of Prince Edward County.

Whitus, who is employed as the director of marketing and development for The Woodland, a local health care community did confirm that the person who died was not a resident of The Woodland. Just this morning, Friday, April 10 The Woodland was found to be in full compliance during a COVID Special Focused Survey conducted by the Virginia Office of Licensure and Certification per instructions to increase infection control observations in all of their nursing facilities.

The death is the second from the COVID-19 virus in the Piedmont Health District.

The release said no additional information would be provided about the individual.

“The entire staff of the Piedmont Health District wish to share their deepest condolences with the families so deeply affected by this pandemic,” Dr. Robert Nash, Piedmont Health District director, said. “The Heart of Virginia weeps with you, and will heal with you as we work through these tough times together.”

The release said the long-term care facility is working closely with the Piedmont Health District and is taking steps to protect the health of the residents and staff. The health department is collaborating with the facility to reduce the risk of transmission, conduct, contact investigations and implement control measures.

As of Friday’s update, 121 people in Virginia have died from the virus. The state is currently projected to lose more than 800 people as a result of the pandemic.

(Farmville Herald reporter Crystal Vandegrift contributed to this story.)