Area senior facilities not as hard hit by coronavirus
More than half of Florida’s 2,460 coronavirus deaths are now linked to the state’s long-term care facilities, data released Monday shows, although in Central Florida the number is generally much smaller.
In Lake, for instance, the long-term care facilities have been tied to a single coronavirus death out of 15 in the county as a whole — or roughly 7%. In Orange, they account for five of 41 deaths (12%); in Osceola six of 19 (32%) and in Seminole four of 12 (33%).
Volusia County is the lone exception. There, nearly two-thirds of the 38 total COVID-19 deaths are tied to nursing homes and assisted-living centers, and the vast majority come from a single facility — Opis Coquina Center in Ormond Beach. The latest data shows the nursing home has had at least 23 deaths.
As of Monday, 41 residents of the facility had tested positive for the virus and been transferred out, apparently to hospitals or a quarantine facility, and 14 staff members had tested positive. The facility reported that no current residents have tested positive for the virus, although it was unclear how recently the testing had been conducted.
The facility’s executives did not respond to a request for comment or clarification.