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All Residents at Kansas Nursing Home Have COVID-19

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Oct. 20, 2020 -- All 62 residents at a nursing home in Kansas have contracted the coronavirus and 10 have died, according to the local health department. Several staff members have tested positive as well.

The Andbe Home is a privately owned facility in Norton County, which has reported one of the largest proportional increases in COVID-19 cases in the country during the past 2 weeks, according to CBS News.

“Steps are being taken to prevent any further outbreak including quarantining residents in their rooms and not allowing outside visitors into the facility,” the Norton County Health Department and Home Health announced in a statement on Monday evening. All relatives have been notified, the department added.

One resident has been hospitalized, and the other 51 residents are being treated at the nursing home. The rest of the staff are being tested as well.

Last week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced that more than 100 cases were reported at the state prison in Norton County within about the past 2 weeks, according to CBS News.

Overall, Kansas is reporting more than 700 new coronavirus cases daily, marking the highest numbers since this spring.

Earlier this month, state health department officials warned that Kansas was “losing the battle” against the coronavirus as outbreaks emerged, according to The Associated Press.

“Other states are doing bad, and we’re doing worse than most,” Lee Norman, MD, head of the department, told the AP. “We’re losing the battle right now.”

Norman said residents aren’t following public health guidelines for social distancing, wearing masks, or avoiding public gatherings. He predicted that cases could increase to 900 per day in the next few months.

“One of the things that we just have to collectively as a state start working together with is what are the social and psychological underpinnings for the reasons why for we’re going the direction we’re going,” he said. “Our curve is going absolutely the wrong direction.”

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Sources

CBS News: “All 62 residents at Kansas nursing home have COVID, 10 have died.”

Norton County Health Department and Home Health: “COVID-19 Outbreak at Local Nursing Home.”

The Associated Press: “Top health officials: Kansas ‘losing the battle’ on COVID-19.”

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