Coronavirus: 83 residents, the positive test of the staff at the Resort

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TEXAS CITY, Texas – More than 80 people tested positive for COVID-19 at The Resort nursing home, the Galveston County Health District announced this afternoon.

Friday, 83 residents and employees contracted the virus. The health district, in partnership with the UTMB, on Thursday tested 146 people associated with the retirement home. Some of these test results are still pending.

“You are looking at the numbers that have come up today, it is shocking and we are very concerned,” said Dr. Phillip Keizer, local health authority for Galveston County. “One thing we are learning about this virus, there are many more asymptomatic cases than anyone has ever dreamed of. It should not be surprising that this cannot happen. “

Residents of the facility are quarantined in one area of ​​the building. Staff and doctors treat them and monitor their symptoms. Keizer said they were in contact with local hospitals to alert them that they might see some of these residents if their symptoms worsen. Only a small number of people in the facility were hospitalized.

Keizer said the facility is working with health officials to determine the start of the epidemic.

Keizer has issued a public health order that places restrictions on long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, as directed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. These include limiting the number of visitors, ensuring that these facilities alert family members, and placing signs on the front door to inform the public that there have been positive cases.

Facilities will also not be allowed to take residents out of the facility, except in emergencies or unless they require dialysis. Employees who work in a long-term care facility with a resident who tests positive are not allowed to work in other long-term care facilities.

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Coronavirus symptoms

Coronavirus symptoms may be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some patients also experience nausea, headache and stomach problems.

Most healthy people have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed that 80% of the cases were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Seniors with underlying health conditions are most at risk of becoming seriously ill. However, American experts see a significant number of young people hospitalized, some of whom are in intensive care.

The CDC believes that symptoms can appear two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses generally spread by …

  • Air coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touch an object or surface with the virus on it, then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a handkerchief, throw it in the trash.
  • Follow the social distancing

Reduce your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or older and have an underlying health problem such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory diseases such as asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization recommends that you try to avoid crowds or places where you could interact with sick people.

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