Officials give update on COVID-19 outbreak at nursing home

Health officials on Tuesday provided an update regarding a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at an assisted living facility in Blair. 
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Health officials on Tuesday provided an update regarding a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at an assisted living facility in Blair.

Terra Uhing, Director of Three Rivers Public Health Department,  said 17 of Washington County’s 19 positive COVID-19 cases are are related to the outbreak at Carter House.

Uhing provided the following timeline of the outbreak:
  • March 23 – First lab-confirmed report of resident with COVID-19
  • March 24 – Second lab-confirmed report of resident with COVID-19
  • March 25 – Health care worker tests positive, two others being tested for COVID-19
  • March 26 – No reports of symptomatic residents from the facility
  • March 27 – Four residents found to have symptoms, two additional workers test positive
  • March 28 – Three out of four tested Friday test positive for COVID-19
  • March 29 – No reports of symptomatic patients, 16 residents and 17 staff tested

Uhing said it is believed a healthcare worker who went to an event outside of Washington County may have picked up the coronavirus at that event. She said the worker was not symptomatic before attending the event.

Uhing said affected residents include men and women, ranging in age from their 70s to 90s, as well as three female staff members ranging in age from their 30s to their 70s.

Uhing said all residents have been moved to other locations, and described the situation as “very fluid.”

 

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