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Coronavirus outbreak kills three residents, 37 infected at Anne Arundel nursing home

Posted at 2:43 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 14:43:19-04

GAMBRILLS, Md. — Three residents have died of COVID-19 at an Anne Arundel County nursing home.

Waugh Chapel Center in Gambrills, operated by Genesis HealthCare, said that 26 residents and 11 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Genesis HealthCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Feifer said in a statement, in part:

"COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation that many families are dealing with right now - regardless of the facility their loved one may be in across the country. No one ever thought that their elders would ever have to deal with a worldwide pandemic. We are not the only ones faced with dealing with how the virus is affecting our vulnerable population.

As you know, this is a very serious and rapidly evolving situation – and one that is being played out in communities, hospitals and nursing homes across the country and the world. I have never witnessed anything like this pandemic.

As a nation, we just do not know yet exactly how the virus is entering, so we stay as hyper-vigilant as we can, and as we learn more, we implement more and more safety precautions. For example, the recent Kirkland report released by the CDC, shows that people can be asymptomatic but carrying the virus and spreading it. In this instance, 57% of residents who initially tested positive were asymptomatic. It is a complex virus that is hard to detect and can take weeks to present itself. By the time you have a positive test result, many may have already been exposed.

That is why we have been so stringent on visitation restrictions and a whole host of other precautions. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began providing protocols and guidelines for the coronavirus, we have diligently followed them and in many cases, has gotten out in front of public health guidelines, adopting even more stringent infection precautions than were recommended at the time. We also continue to follow to the letter the direction of the Maryland Department of Health in an effort to contain and minimize the spread of the virus."