Second Mount Airy nursing home resident dies from coronavirus; 77 test positive

A nursing home in Carroll County and a retirement community in Baltimore County are both impacted by the coronavirus.|| Late-breaking coronavirus updates | Maryland’s latest numbers ||A coronavirus outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy led to the death of two men, one in his 90s and another over 80, both of whom had underlying medical issues. Carroll County health officials reported Monday an additional 11 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases at the facility to 77. Eighteen of the facility’s 95 residents tested negative. Sixteen patients have been hospitalized.”But there are probably also folks who are afraid and may not be reporting to work because they’re calling in and saying or self-reporting that they’re sick because they’re afraid to be in the facility,” Carroll County Health Officer Ed Singer said Sunday.Carroll County health officials said the National Guard is deploying a medic unit to the facility to help assess all residents’ conditions and to determine which residents need a higher level of care.Meanwhile, no outsiders are allowed to enter the senior living complex Oak Crest Village in Parkville unless they are essential visitors. Anyone given permission to enter must undergo a thorough screening. The ban on visitors and screenings are out of an abundance of caution.In a statement to 11 News, Erickson Living spokesman Dan Dunne wrote: “We have learned that one resident has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, we have no other reported cases among residents or employees but are closely monitoring those who live and work at our community so we can take immediate action if needed. The impacted resident is receiving appropriate care and treatment. Those who live and work on campus have been informed of this situation, and we are proceeding with the utmost caution.”Sinai Hospital’s infectious diseases director, Dr. Kjell Wiberg, talked with 11 News about the spread of the virus in a nursing home setting.”Generally, (when) you’re talking nursing home and assisted living (facilities), they are confined environments, so people generally spend time closer together than they would have done in their own home. So that’s, I think, one of the reasons there are higher risks of getting (an) infection in that environment,” Wiberg said.Wiberg is also taking some precautions, including cutting his outpatient visits by about 85%, and he’s relying more on telemedicine.

PARKVILLE, Md. —

A nursing home in Carroll County and a retirement community in Baltimore County are both impacted by the coronavirus.

|| Late-breaking coronavirus updates | Maryland’s latest numbers ||

A coronavirus outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy led to the death of two men, one in his 90s and another over 80, both of whom had underlying medical issues.

Carroll County health officials reported Monday an additional 11 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases at the facility to 77. Eighteen of the facility’s 95 residents tested negative. Sixteen patients have been hospitalized.

“But there are probably also folks who are afraid and may not be reporting to work because they’re calling in and saying or self-reporting that they’re sick because they’re afraid to be in the facility,” Carroll County Health Officer Ed Singer said Sunday.

Carroll County health officials said the National Guard is deploying a medic unit to the facility to help assess all residents’ conditions and to determine which residents need a higher level of care.

Meanwhile, no outsiders are allowed to enter the senior living complex Oak Crest Village in Parkville unless they are essential visitors. Anyone given permission to enter must undergo a thorough screening. The ban on visitors and screenings are out of an abundance of caution.

In a statement to 11 News, Erickson Living spokesman Dan Dunne wrote: “We have learned that one resident has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, we have no other reported cases among residents or employees but are closely monitoring those who live and work at our community so we can take immediate action if needed. The impacted resident is receiving appropriate care and treatment. Those who live and work on campus have been informed of this situation, and we are proceeding with the utmost caution.”

Sinai Hospital’s infectious diseases director, Dr. Kjell Wiberg, talked with 11 News about the spread of the virus in a nursing home setting.

“Generally, (when) you’re talking nursing home and assisted living (facilities), they are confined environments, so people generally spend time closer together than they would have done in their own home. So that’s, I think, one of the reasons there are higher risks of getting (an) infection in that environment,” Wiberg said.

Wiberg is also taking some precautions, including cutting his outpatient visits by about 85%, and he’s relying more on telemedicine.

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