Widespread COVID-19 infections announced at Billings care facility – KTVQ Billings News

BILLINGS – A Billings care center announced Tuesday it has actually recently received results that discovered 43 residents and 15 employee checked positive for COVID-19.
In a press release provided Tuesday, officials at Canyon Creek Memory Care Community stated an overall of 55 homeowners and 56 staff members were tested. 7 citizens and 26 team member checked unfavorable, and test outcomes are pending for 9 residents and 15 employee.
2 locals who checked favorable have been admitted to the healthcare facility. The center situated at 1785 Majestic Lane is under quarantine, journalism release states, and homeowners and household have been informed of the situation.
” Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have actually carefully kept an eye on and executed all assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from state and regional health departments to prevent transmission of the infection,” the press release states. “In Mid-February of this year, protocols were put in place at Canyon Creek to assist prevent the exposure of COVID-19. These preventative treatments included; limiting visitation to just important individuals or in end of life situations, the screening of every person upon entry to the community (including personnel) for temperature, travel history, or recognized direct exposure and an increase in both food and PPE supply stock. We have actually been dealing with the RiverStone Health and are grateful for the support and cooperation of the personnel, locals, and families at Canyon Creek Memory Care. Safeguarding the wellness of our homeowners and staff stays our leading concern.”
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RiverStone Health issued this news release later on Tuesday:
RiverStone Health and Montana public health officials are working to trace contacts of the 58 people who evaluated positive for COVID-19 in one Billings senior care center.
Those screening positive consist of 15 staff members and 43 homeowners of Canyon Creek Memory Care Community, a licensed center on the West End. 2 homeowners have actually been hospitalized.
” From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have actually been concerned about an outbreak in a senior living facility,” said John Felton, Yellowstone County health officer and RiverStone Health president/CEO. “Canyon Creek is however one of the 7 senior living homes reporting disease in residents and/or staff members in current days.”
Felton went on to state, “Seniors in congregate living situations are especially vulnerable to terrible outcomes ought to they become infected with COVID-19. In this specific instance, we are particularly worried due to the fact that of the challenges those with cognitive decrease face in interacting, following personal hygiene instructions and their requirement for predictable routine.”
Canyon Creek management reports that it has informed all locals and their agents of the outbreak and their test results.
Canyon Creek is licensed by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services as an assisted living center. The state needs helped living facilities to isolate citizens who have evaluated favorable and to quarantine locals who have been exposed to the virus, even if they have evaluated unfavorable.
The center is dealing with RiverStone Health and is setting up different living situations for citizens who have actually checked favorable and those who have actually checked unfavorable. Personnel caring for those homeowners are also being segregated, thus minimizing the likelihood of cross-contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released COVID-19 testing guidance in response to a break out in senior living facilities and RiverStone Health will be dealing with Canyon Creek to assist them follow the guidance.
Together with examining each case associated with this center, RiverStone Health is assisting to guarantee that there suffice materials of masks, dress, gloves and other individual protective devices which all the PPE is being used appropriately to avoid further spread of the infection.
” While we are early in our investigation, offered the minimal outside activities of these homeowners, we believe that this outbreak began with a team member or visitor who was infected with COVID-19,” Felton stated. “This is a heartbreaking example of what can happen when we do not follow the 3Ws– wash hands, view your range and use a mask.”
Individuals of any age can contract COVID-19 and might become seriously ill, although many people have just mild signs and recover. 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States have been among people age 65 and older, according to the CDC.
Surveillance testing over the previous numerous weeks discovered very couple of positive cases among locals and staff of Yellowstone County helped living centers and assisted living home.
A surge in the variety of COVID-19 cases recently in Yellowstone County triggered Felton to release a Health Officer Order forbiding most sees to senior care and senior living facilities in Yellowstone County. Felton released that Order Friday after discovering that seven senior care residences reported infections in homeowners or staff.
Yellowstone County confirmed 96 new COVID-19 infections between July 1 and July 6. That is more cases than in any whole month given that the pandemic shown up in Montana.

We have been working with the RiverStone Health and are grateful for the support and cooperation of the staff, residents, and families at Canyon Creek Memory Care. Securing the well-being of our citizens and staff remains our top priority.”
The facility is working with RiverStone Health and is setting up separate living circumstances for homeowners who have evaluated favorable and those who have checked unfavorable. Personnel caring for those citizens are also being segregated, hence minimizing the probability of cross-contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided COVID-19 testing assistance in action to an outbreak in senior living centers and RiverStone Health will be working with Canyon Creek to help them follow the guidance.