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UPDATE: COVID-19 outbreak at Wyngate senior-living facility grows to 22 cases

15 residents, 7 employees test positive for virus, MOVHD says
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 6:27 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 9, 2020 at 8:50 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - UPDATE: 7/9/20 6 P.M.

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Wyngate Senior Living Community in Parkersburg has grown to 22 cases, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said Thursday afternoon.

Fifteen residents and seven employees have tested positive for the virus, an MOVHD spokeswoman said.

The outbreak became public on Tuesday when the MOVHD confirmed that six residents and two employees had contracted the virus, prompting the testing of all of the facility’s residents and employees.

The MOVHD spokeswoman said some of the patients are hospitalized but that none has required a ventilator.

The health department is working with WVU Medicine Camden Clark and Wyngate administrators to mange the cases, the MOVHD spokeswoman said.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ COVID-19 website showed 162 cases in Wood County. Of those, 73 were considered active and 87 were listed as recovered. The virus has been linked to the deaths of two county residents.

Six residents and two employees at the Wyngate Senior Living Community in Parkersburg have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said on Tuesday.

One of the six residents is being treated for pneumonia, the health department said in a news release. Five residents are said to have had a low-grade fever but no other symptoms.

No information about the two employees has been released.

“We continue to work closely with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and Camden Clark Hospital and their COVID department,” Wyngate administrator Becca Shockey said in the news release. “We would like to thank both for their support and guidance throughout this process.”

The West Virginia National Guard has completed testing of all of the facility’s residents and employees, but the MOVHD did not disclose any other results.

After being notified of the first positive test, officials said all residents were quarantined to their apartments and given surgical masks to wear when employees enter their rooms. In addition, employees are required to wear additional personal protective equipment that adheres to guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The outbreak is the second one reported in Wood County is as many days.

Late Monday, the MOVHD confirmed that a staff member at the Parkersburg Care Center had tested positive for the virus.

Earlier Monday, Major General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard said 100 people connected to a nursing home in Parkersburg had been tested for the virus.

Under state protocol, any confirmed case at a nursing home or senior-living facility is considered an outbreak that requires testing of all residents and employees.

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