Bedford County supervisors held a special meeting last night to discuss selling  the Bedford County Nursing Home to Roanoke-based American Healthcare LLC.  Then, an announcement from County Adminstrator  Robert Hiss: 

Close to two dozen residents told supervisors they’re opposed to selling the nursing home. Supervisors have said they think it would be best for an industry expert to take over the nursing home, and that they were not pleased that is employees were required to be vaccinated under federal law, but chairman John Sharpe told the Morningline that he doubts after last night’s meeting that the sale will move forward. 

EARLIER: Bedford County supervisors are citing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers among reasons for selling a county-owned nursing home in southwestern Virginia. Supervisors are scheduled to hold a special meeting to consider selling the nursing home. The nursing home was established as the County Poor Farm in 1831. County officials are considering selling the facility to Roanoke-based American HealthCare LLC. County officials say that industry experts are better positioned to run such facilities. They also noted that the vaccine mandate for healthcare employees is “contrary to the positions of all board members” and has complicated uniformity in how county employees are treated.