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Skiers ride the chairlift on Feb. 14 at Wintergreen Resort. In honor of Valentine’s Day, skiers could choose to participate in a speed dating event called "Powder of Love," where they ride with a stranger to the top of the slope.

LYNCHBURG — A wedding recently held at Wintergreen Resort has resulted in multiple employees being quarantined because of possible exposure to COVID-19, and some staff have tested positive, an official with the resort said Friday.

Director of Marketing Lori Zaloga said Wintergreen hosted a wedding the weekend of Oct. 10 and 11. A few days afterward, she said, resort staff was notified by a member of the wedding party that another attendee had tested positive for COVID-19.

From there, the Nellysford-based resort coordinated with the Virginia Department of Health to perform contact tracing, which led to 20 employees with the resort’s food and beverage department being quarantined.

Wintergreen homeowners were notified in a letter dated Oct. 23.

Zaloga could not identify how many of the 20 employees affected had tested positive but said, “I do know that the ones who have tested positive are recovering in isolation at this time.”

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She said that as of Friday several employees still are awaiting test results while in quarantine.

“Literally within the hour of us receiving the information, action was taken. There was no delay in us contacting the Virginia Department of Health and contact tracing and all the actions thereafter,” Zaloga said. “Wintergreen does remain committed to the highest standards of safety and health.”

Currently, Wintergreen Resort only is facilitating weddings that have a capacity limit of up to 50 people, and employees are following health and safety guidelines, Zaloga said.

According to information on the resort’s website, employees are screened each day before starting work with a temperature scan and symptoms assessment. Staff also is required to wear face coverings as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Friday, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 136 cases of COVID-19, eight hospitalizations and two deaths in Nelson County. The county has the lowest case total of all localities covered by the health district.

At this time, Zaloga said, both The Edge restaurant and banquet facilities have been closed for “thorough cleaning and sanitization.” Other facilities — including indoor tennis, the spa and lodging — remain open.

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