Eight Cases of Coronavirus Identified at Nursing Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, SD- Rapidcityjournal.com writes that a nursing home in Sioux Falls reported eight cases of coronavirus in its residents and staff members. The Good Samaritan Village reported that five of its residents had tested positive. Two employees were then confirmed to have the virus as well. More recent numbers indicate a total of eight cases.*
The home released the information about the infections after an anonymous tipster informed the Argus Leader that someone in the home had contracted the virus. A spokesperson for the facility stated that they are working together with the South Dakota Department of Health to create a plan to address the situation.
Representatives for the Good Samaritan Village stated that safety is their number one priority and that they are taking additional precautions to monitor their residents and members of staff who may have been exposed.
Another facility in Sioux Falls also reported that a resident in its community tragically died after contracting COVID-19.
Nursing homes have experienced some of the most terrible impacts of COVID-19. While social distancing is one of the tools needed to prevent the spread of the virus, these homes, full of vulnerable individuals, have their populations residing in close quarters. According to some, the coronavirus highlights the need to move away from the nursing home model of care.
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