Nursing Home in Pinellas Evacuated Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
SEMINOLE, FL- Tampabay.com writes that a nursing home community, The Freedom Square of Seminole, suffered an outbreak of the coronavirus that tragically led to three deaths. Now, dozens of residents have been hospitalized, and a 74-year-old man, an 84-year-old woman, and a 66-year-old man all have died from the virus.*
The two most recent deaths occurred within hours of one another. Ambulances were recently spotted lined up at the Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation facility. Officials in the state and the company running the home decided the best course of action was to close the facility and send the remaining 39 residents to nearby hospitals.
The incident has highlighted the devastating impact that COVID-10 can have on residential facilities that house a vulnerable population. The first case of the virus was identified just eight days prior to the facility being evacuated. In total, 95 people were removed from the home.
The facility evacuated some residents within days of the first case just after the first fatality. The outbreak at the home was not reported on or made public until the first death occurred.
Across the nation, COVID-19 has proven particularly lethal in nursing homes and senior care facilities. So far, the state’s governor has refused to release information about which facilities have confirmed cases of the virus.
Nurses working at the home stated that they were unaware of how rapidly the virus had spread through the residents but stated that it was clear that the facility was not prepared for the outbreak. There are several buildings at the Freedom Square of Seminole community. The nurses stated that some had resorted to purchasing their own masks, as their employer did not have enough protective equipment available for them.
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