COVID-19 in a long-term care facility - King county, Washington, February 27-March 9, 2020

Temet M. McMichael, Shauna Clark, Sargis Pogosjans, Meagan Kay, James Lewis, Atar Baer, Vance Kawakami, Margaret D. Lukoff, Jessica Ferro, Claire Brostrom-Smith, Francis X. Riedo, Denny Russell, Brian Hiatt, Patricia Montgomery, Agam K. Rao, Dustin W. Currie, Eric J. Chow, Farrell Tobolowsky, Ana C. Bardossy, Lisa P. OakleyJesica R. Jacobs, Noah G. Schwartz, Nimalie Stone, Sujan C. Reddy, John A. Jernigan, Margaret A. Honein, Thomas A. Clark, Jeffrey S. Duchin, Meaghan S. Fagalde, Jennifer L. Lenahan, Emily B. Maier, Kaitlyn J. Sykes, Grace Hatt, Holly Whitney, Melinda Huntington-Frazier, Elysia Gonzales, Laura A. Mummert, Hal Garcia Smith, Steve Stearns, Eileen Benoliel, Shelly McKeirnan, Jennifer L. Morgan, Daniel Smith, Michaela Hope, Noel Hatley, Leslie M. Barnard, Leilani Schwarcz, Nicole Yarid, Eric Yim, Sandra Kreider, Dawn Barr, Nancy Wilde, Courtney Dorman, Airin Lam, Jeanette Harris, Hollianne Bruce, Christopher Spitters, Rachael Zacks, Jonathan Dyal, Michael Hughes, Christina Carlson, Barbara Cooper, Michelle Banks, Heather McLaughlin, Arun Balajee, Christine Olson, Suzanne Zane, Hammad Ali, Jessica Healy, Kristine Schmit, Kevin Spicer, Zeshan Chisty, Sukarma Tanwar, Joanne Taylor, Leisha Nolen, Jeneita Bell, Kelly Hatfield, Melissa Arons, Anne Kimball, Allison James, Mark Methner, Joshua Harney

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Abstract

© 2020 Department of Health and Human Services. All rights reserved. What is already known about this topic? Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can cause severe illness and death, particularly among older adults with chronic health conditions. What is added by this report? Introduction of COVID-19 into a long-term residential care facility in Washington resulted in cases among 81 residents, 34 staff members, and 14 visitors; 23 persons died. Limitations in effective infection control and prevention and staff members working in multiple facilities contributed to intra- and interfacility spread. What are the implications for public health practice? Long-term care facilities should take proactive steps to protect the health of residents and preserve the health care workforce by identifying and excluding potentially infected staff members, restricting visitation except in compassionate care situations, ensuring early recognition of potentially infected patients, and implementing appropriate infection control measures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Volume69
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2020

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    McMichael, T. M., Clark, S., Pogosjans, S., Kay, M., Lewis, J., Baer, A., Kawakami, V., Lukoff, M. D., Ferro, J., Brostrom-Smith, C., Riedo, F. X., Russell, D., Hiatt, B., Montgomery, P., Rao, A. K., Currie, D. W., Chow, E. J., Tobolowsky, F., Bardossy, A. C., ... Harney, J. (2020). COVID-19 in a long-term care facility - King county, Washington, February 27-March 9, 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 69(12). https://doi.org/10.15585/MMWR.MM6912E1