Husband waiting to bring wife home from Luray nursing facility as all residents are tested
UPDATE (April 24):
A man who was hoping to bring his wife home from a rehab center this week received devastating news Friday morning.
Bill McDaniel informed WHSV that he received a call from Page County's Skyview Rehab and Nursing Center informing him that his wife, Susane, tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier this week, after
, they began testing all residents and staff, with results expected to take about three days.
"I just can't wait, I got my phone right here just waiting for the call that she comes back negative," Bill told us on Thursday. "That's going to be some happy news for me."
Patients whose results do come back negative can leave the facility as soon as possible. But patients who test positive will be isolated to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
Neither the facility nor the Lord Fairfax Health District have yet released the overall results of the wide-scale testing as they work to notify families first.
For almost 40 years, Bill and Susane McDaniel have been happily married, living in Elkton after having kids and becoming grandparents.
"I guess she's my soulmate, she's put up with me this long enough, I might as well keep her," Bill laughed.
The two had not spent too much time apart from each other until this past January, when Susane started living at Skyview Rehab and Nursing Center in Page County, due to an injury.
Bill said throughout those past months, he would stop by the center to visit his wife, take her outside, share a laugh, and eat some snacks.
But since March, it's been hard for him to see Susane because of restrictions on visitation due to COVID-19 at the facility, like similar facilities nationwide.
Bill said in the past few weeks, he's only been able to wave to her from the parking lot as she sits outside in her wheelchair.
"It's been at least a month or close to a month where I haven't had physical contact with her," Bill said. "We miss the hugs and we just miss each other."
Bill said he was getting ready to bring his wife home on Wednesday to get her out of situations that have been dangerous around the country and took extra measures to make sure their home was clean.
He said he even took a leave of absence from his job so he wouldn't bring anything into their home that could get his wife sick.
Then, the last thing he hoped to hear: He was notified by his wife that
According to the Lord Fairfax Health District, which covers much of the northern Shenandoah Valley, a resident of Skyview Springs Rehab and Nursing Center received positive test results for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, April 21. In collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health, the facility let the public know on Wednesday, April 22.
"That scared her half to death," Bill said.
Bill said his wife is 61-years-old and he's afraid for her because of her health. He said she is susceptible to the coronavirus and was notified this week that every staff member and patient, including his wife, was being tested for COVID-19 after the positive case.
He said he was told he is unable to pick her up until her test results come back and then can only do so if they're negative. Staff told him the results take about 76 hours to return.
Bill is praying that the outcome at this facility will be nothing like
, and that his wife will be able to come home.
"I just can't wait, I got my phone right here just waiting for the call that she comes back negative," Bill said. "That's going to be some happy news for me."
The administrator of the facility told WHSV in a phone call Thursday morning that any patient whose results come back negative may leave the facility as soon as possible. However, this does not apply to residents who permanently live at the facility with nowhere else to go.
On Wednesday, Skyview Springs provided the following statement on their response to COVID-19:
There have been 10 total COVID-19 outbreaks reported in the Lord Fairfax Health District, including five in congregate settings, three in healthcare settings, and two in long-term care facilities. Exactly which facilities are included amid those reported outbreaks is unclear, and the Virginia Department of Health cannot legally report facility information without the facility's approval.