Report: Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers

  • Source: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
  • Published: 03/19/2020 06:40 AM

Federal officials say staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities contributed to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area. At least 30 deaths have been linked to Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. A report Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the most detailed account to date of the outbreak investigation and its findings. According to the report, the introduction of COVID-19 into the long-term care facility resulted in cases among 81 residents, 34 staff members, and 14 visitors. Twenty-three people have died. Limitations in "effective infection control and prevention and staff members working in multiple facilities contributed to intra- and inter-facility spread," according to the report.



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