HENDERSONVILLE – Public health officials announced on April 5 that 23 positive cases of COVID-19 had been identified in a city assisted living center – almost doubling the total number of coronavirus cases in the county to 50.
The Henderson County public health department has received confirmation of 23 positive COVID-19 cases related to residents and staff in Cherry Springs Village, an assisted living community in Hendersonville, according to a press release. The additional tests that led to the results were part of a full public health investigation based on a single confirmed case identified on April 1.
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“I want to acknowledge the obvious concerns this will create for residents and their families. It is a very difficult situation for all concerned, “said Steve Smith, Henderson County health director in the release.
“Since the identification of these additional cases,” the statement said, “facility staff and management and all of our public health partners, including Pardee Hospital, AdventHealth, and Henderson County Emergency Services , communicated and prioritized the strategies and actions to take care of those affected and to reduce the risks for others in the establishment. All residents and their families have been briefed with staff. ”
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Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, the Department of Health urges everyone to take precautions to protect themselves from the spread of all respiratory diseases:
- Stay at home and only go out for necessities or exercise, and only get in touch with the people you live with.
- Avoid contact with people you know are sick
- Cover your cough (cough in the crook of your elbow; or use a handkerchief and throw garbage)
- Practice good hand hygiene (wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing) o If you do not have access to soap and water use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
- Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly with household cleaners
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