Additional COVID-19 cases reported at long-term care facility in Washington County
For Immediate Release: Sunday, March 22, 2020
Two of the 24 COVID-19 cases announced in Washington County in the last two days are residents at a long-term care facility, Washington County Public Health officials announced today [March 22].
The two residents have been hospitalized, according to a letter shared on the Regency Park Assisted Living Memory Care website
On Thursday [March 19], Regency Park announced that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19. The facility is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Human Services and Washington County Public Health to follow public health and clinical guidance to limit further spread of the illness. Residents are being closely monitored, and those entering the facility, including staff, are being screened.
"We are deeply concerned about our community members in senior-care facilities who are at high risk from COVID-19,” said Dr. Christina Baumann, Deputy Health Officer, Washington County Public Health. “Slowing the spread of this virus and protecting those who are at high risk for complications is our greatest priority. COVID-19 may be a mild illness for many, but it can be serious and life threatening to our senior community members and others. We urge everyone to take precautions and stay home at the first sign of illness.”
As of this morning [March 22], there are 55 cases of COVID-19 in Washington County, including the three associated with Regency Park. Health authorities continue to remind the public to avoid visiting older friends and family, both in care facilities and in homes, to avoid spreading COVID-19 to particularly vulnerable populations.
“Please continue to follow social distancing recommendations and additional recommendations from both health officials and the Governor’s Office,” Bauman said. “All of us need to do our part.”
Washington County Public Health works in partnership with the community to improve and protect the public's health and achieve health equity through prevention, regulation and education.
Melissa De Lyser,
Public Affairs and Communications Manager
Department Communications Coordinator/PIO