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More coronavirus cases at King Veterans Home, 1 death reported

Most of the recently identified coronavirus cases were residents and staff in Olson Hall at King Veterans Home, according to a letter from Commandant Tammy Servatius
Most of the recently identified coronavirus cases were residents and staff in Olson Hall at King Veterans Home, according to a letter from Commandant Tammy Servatius(WBAY)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 12:32 PM CDT
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KING, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE: Officials at King Veterans Home have updated the number of confirmed coronavirus cases at the facility.

In a letter, facility officials say there are now eight staff members who have the virus, as well as nine residents.

The residents who have tested positive live in Olson Hall and MacArthur, according to the letter.

In addition, officials say one person died over the weekend, although it wasn’t specified if the person was a staff member or a resident.

ORIGINAL POST: The Department of Veterans Affairs reports more coronavirus cases among residents and staff at King Veterans Home.

In a letter to residents and families, Commandant Tammy Servatius says “despite strict prevention efforts,” three more residents and three more staff members tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. The veterans home now has 9 active cases among 8 residents and 4 among staff.

Servatius says 7 of the veterans are from Olson Hall; the other is from McArthur Hall. The veterans home created a special quarantine area where infected residents will have contact with a “very limited” number of staff who’ve been trained in infectious disease control.

Three staff members also work in Olson Hall, while the fourth doesn’t have direct interaction with residents. The letter goes on to say 6 other staff members showing symptoms aren’t working while they wait for their test results.

Servatius says King Veterans Home is following CDC guidelines for testing, contact tracing and quarantining. It’s also taking extra precautions with cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and prohibiting non-essential visits.

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