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Eight dead in Regency North Bend outbreak

A COVID-19 outbreak at the long term care facility has sickened nearly all residents.

An ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at Regency North Bend has now killed eight residents.

The outbreak was confirmed by Seattle & King County Public Health officials on Nov. 25. As of Dec. 9, 39 of the 44 residents at the facility have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 31 of the 56 staff members have also received positive test results.

An in-person inspection was conducted on Nov. 24 by Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health. Several recommendations were made, including training staff on how to wear N95 masks correctly and how to conduct seal checks, audit staff compliance with using personal protective equipment and ensuring staff and outside contractors adhere to protective gear usage requirements.

All residents’ doors must remain closed unless it is unsafe to do so. Staff must also ensure social distancing and the facility must consult with an airflow specialist for guidance on how to optimize air flow.

Regency North Bend issued a statement on Dec. 9 regarding the outbreak.

“We take is very seriously and have always followed protocols from the (Centers for Disease Control) and Washington Department of Health to protect the health and wellbeing of all residents and staff,” the statement reads.

The statement goes on to say they have been repeatedly testing all residents in accordance with state and federal guidelines. Staff members who test positive or who have been exposed to a COVID-positive person outside the facility are required to self-quarantine to keep residents safe from further exposure. Staff are also required to undergo daily screenings.




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