Published on May 25, 2020

WoodHaven reports first case of COVID-19

Southeastern Health’s WoodHaven Nursing, Alzheimer’s and Rehabilitation Center announced today that its first resident has tested positive for COVID-19.
WoodHaven exterior of building

“As soon as we learned that we had a positive case, we began taking aggressive measures to perform rapid tests on residents whose rooms are in close proximity to that of the positive resident,” said Suzanne Jackson, director of the center. “We are also testing our employees using the rapid test and working with our infection control specialists to perform contact tracing, all in an effort to contain the virus.”

Since the onset of COVID-19, WoodHaven has followed all state and federal guidelines and recommendations for nursing homes including restricting visitors, ongoing screening of staff and residents, use of personal protective equipment, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting.

“We are so very appreciative of all of the efforts our residents, their families and our staff have made to prevent the virus within our facility up to this point,” said Lori Dove, SeHealth Vice President of Acute Care Services, which includes WoodHaven. “This is something we had hoped would not happen but we also understand how contagious this virus is and how vulnerable our residents are due to their age and health status. For these reasons, we are taking every measure to ensure that the positive case is closely tracked and monitored.”

WoodHaven residents and family members have been notified of this first positive case and have been made aware of prevention and tracing measures.

“We understand that this is not just a nursing facility but this is home for our residents and we will continue to keep them and their families informed as we move forward,” said Jackson.