Area se­nior fa­cil­i­ties not as hard hit by coro­n­avirus

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - By Kate San­tich and Ade­laide Chen

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.

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