Los Angeles, United States:
The devastating coronavirus outbreak at a Seattle nursing home that killed 35 people was likely fueled by infected workers who continued to work, a Wednesday report said.
The nursing home is responsible for more than half of the deaths in northwest Washington state – even the US epicenter of the deadly pandemic.
After visiting homes in the region, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that "staff who worked symptomatically" and "worked in more than one facility" were likely to contribute to the fatal outbreak.
A lack of personal protective equipment, safety training and the delayed detection of the novel corona virus, which was already widespread in Asia, also influenced the infection.
In mid-February, several residents were tested for influenza, but all were negative.
The Life Care Center in Kirkland with around 130 residents treats acute care providers. Many patients had underlying diseases such as high blood pressure, heart and kidney diseases, diabetes and obesity.
At least 35 deaths are said to be linked to the Kirkland home, government officials said on Wednesday.
The report highlighted the risk to nursing homes and recommended "critical" measures such as "identifying and excluding symptomatic staff" and "restricting visits, except in compassionate care situations".
In the apartment there is now a ban on visits, in which relatives of people who are still in the house communicate with their family members by phone or even through the glass windows of the building.
Tim Killian, a spokesman for the home, previously told the Washington Post, "I can't say that everything was done perfectly, but I can say that it was done within a range of normal operating procedures."
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