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COVID outbreak in Washington nursing home kills 5, infects dozens

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A nursing home is trying to tackle a COVID-19 outbreak that began in August, when the first new case was confirmed.

The Pinewood Terrace Nursing Center in Colville, Washington has seen 22 employees and 52 residents test positive for the coronavirus and five deaths. The first case was reported on August 25, according to the Northeastern Three Counties Health District.

Of the 74 people infected in total, 33 were fully vaccinated and of the five residents who died, one was fully vaccinated.

“This speaks to the seriousness and danger that the delta variant poses to all individuals,” a county spokesperson said in a statement. “It also shows the vaccine’s ability to protect against serious illness in those who have been vaccinated. “

More than half, 64.5%, of nursing home residents are vaccinated, but only 37.1% of staff are also vaccinated as of September 5, according to Medicare.gov.

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Tri-County Health, which covers Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens County, currently has 5,965 positive cases of COVID-19. Pinewood Terrace is located in Stevens County, which has the highest number of positive cases out of the three counties and has had 35 COVID-related deaths since September 1, the health district said.

“We are seeing firsthand that your age, gender, medical condition and demographics do not protect you from the severity of this virus,” they said in a statement.

About 2,500 miles away, another nursing home is fighting the same fight.

The Honolulu Care Center in Nuuanu, Hawaii, currently has 54 infected patients and two dozen employees, forcing nurses to care for the center’s 182 licensed beds, the Featured Advertiser Reports.

The Care Center of Honolulu told the Star Advertiser that 91% of its staff and, on average, more than 80% of its patients are vaccinated against COVID-19 and that six people have been hospitalized, two of whom have been released from isolation .

At the start of the pandemic, nursing homes were ravaged by COVID-19. A retirement home in Washington was the first major epidemic in the country. Now, a recent study shows that there were 592,629 cases and 118,335 deaths in nursing homes at the end of 2020 alone.

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