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More COVID-19 cases reported at Stanford assisted living facility 

Six deaths attributed to COVID-19

Last week, the Lincoln County Health Department reported an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at a local assisted living center, and this week, the number of COVID-19 cases at the facility has continued to rise.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 78 residents of the Stanford Care and Rehabilitation facility who have tested positive for COVID-19 and four residents are currently hospitalized, according to LCHD Director Diane Miller.

That’s an increase of 27 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week.

A total of 35 employees have also tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, Miller said, and six deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 – all of whom were residents of the Stanford Care and Rehabilitation center.

On July 2, employees at Stanford Care and Rehabilitation joined a company-wide pledge committing to safe practices in order to protect co-workers and residents, according to a press release.

The pledge is called #kickCOVID and serves as a reminder for staff to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19 both on and off-duty.

“As senior living communities begin to open up, we are recommitting to protecting our residents,” said Nicolle Meade, Exceptional Living Centers Vice President of Operations. “We know that summer activities like holiday gatherings, cookouts and vacations can present additional risk of exposure.”

The #kickCOVID commitment pledge focuses on hygiene, social distancing and surveillance.

“We’re over 100 days into this battle against COVID-19 and it is time to find some renewed energy and a renewed commitment to doing all the things it takes to protect our coworkers and our residents from COVID-19,” said President and CEO of Exceptional Living Centers, Tom Watts.

Outside of the assisted living facility, Miller reported four new positive COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County on Tuesday.

“It is of the utmost importance if we ask you to quarantine, that you quarantine,” Miller said. “We’re asking individuals to quarantine to help stop the spread of the virus.”

Miller said wearing masks in public and maintaining the social-distancing guidelines is still critical to helping limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Risk Assessment Chart