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Virginia Beach SPCA reopening shelter after potential COVID-19 exposure briefly closes it

Virginia Beach SPCA said its shelter on Holland Road changed some staff schedules in order to reopen with its normal business hours.
Credit: Virginia Beach SPCA

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Beach SPCA said Wednesday evening it would reopen its shelter on Thursday after a potential COVID-19 exposure prompted the shelter's closure.

VBSPCA shared the news of the closure on its Facebook page and on Twitter earlier in the day Wednesday. The post said it was because of staffing issues. The post also said: "Out of an abundance of caution related to a potential COVID-19 exposure, we have placed some of our staff members on quarantine."

Because of the issues, the shelter closed its cattery and kennel for visitations. VBSPCA said clinic operations were not affected and adoption appointments that already were scheduled would be completed.

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A spokeswoman for VBSPCA said it did not believe there had been any risk to the public. The shelter did additional deep cleaning as part of it precautionary measures.

VBSPCA was able to make some changes to staff schedules in order to open the shelter for its regular business hours Thursday (April 15). Those hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

VBSPCA planned to provide updates on its website and its Facebook page.