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  • VA: Three Dead, Others Hospitalized In Unidentified Virus Outbreak At Fairfax Retirement Community

    Source: https://wamu.org/story/19/07/11/two-...ent-community/



    WAMU | 42 mins ago
    Two Dead, Others Hospitalized In Virus Outbreak At Fairfax Retirement Community

    The Fairfax County Health Department is investigating a respiratory virus outbreak at the Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. after two people died and 18 others were hospitalized.

    Over the last 11 days, 54 of the 263 residents have become ill with respiratory symptoms ranging upper respiratory symptoms to pneumonia, according to officials. The exact cause of the illness has not yet been identified, but the Virginia Department of Health and Inova Health System are running additional tests...

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    Outbreak Investigation at Assisted Living Facility in Springfield

    July 11, 2019

    Fairfax County Health Department is conducting an outbreak investigation at Greenspring, an assisted living facility in Springfield, Va. The Health Department was recently informed that over the last 11 days a total of 54 individuals out of the 263 residents in this facility have become ill with respiratory symptoms ranging from upper respiratory symptoms (cough) to pneumonia. Of the ill individuals, 18 have been hospitalized and two have died. A specific cause has not yet been identified but additional tests are being done by the Virginia Department of Health and Inova Health System. While illnesses continue to occur, there have been no new hospitalizations in the past couple of days.

    Respiratory outbreaks at facilities for vulnerable, older adult populations are not uncommon, as we typically see 5-10 per year. This outbreak differs in that it is occurring in July whereas most outbreaks of this kind are in the winter/flu season. There has been excellent collaboration between Greenspring and the Health Department, and appropriate measures have been taken to reduce the risk of infection and keep residents safe, including closing the facility to new admissions, cancelling group activities, keeping ill residents in their rooms, and increasing cleaning.
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    https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health...ty-springfield
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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    • #3
      Outbreak Investigation at Assisted Living Facility in Springfield

      July 11, 2019
      Update: July 12, 2019, 2:00 pm

      As of this date and time, an additional resident has become ill with respiratory symptoms, bringing the total to 55. Two more individuals have been hospitalized, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 20. There are no additional deaths.
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      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health...ty-springfield


      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        Mystery virus: What's killing, hospitalizing residents at Greenspring retirement center?

        by Tim Barber/ABC7Friday, July 12th 2019
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        The outbreak has only been reported in the assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, but the retirement center’s management is still telling residents visitation is suspended until further notice, and no Garden Ridge residents, healthy or sick, should leave their respective neighborhoods.

        Dr. Schwartz says the community is taking proper steps and thoroughly cleaning the facility while Inova Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention work to figure out what kind of a virus this is and how it is spreading.

        “These panels have looked for several of the most common pathogens and they have been negative so far,” said Dr. Schwartz.

        https://wjla.com/news/local/mystery-...irement-cdc-va
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #5
          Health Officials Hoping to Find Cause of Greenspring Outbreak

          POSTED BY: TRUMAN LEWIS JULY 14, 2019
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          Health Department officials said that tests has so far been negative for common virus and bacterial infections, including the flu and Legionnaire’s disease.
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          https://fairfaxnews.com/2019/07/heal...ring-outbreak/
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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          • #6
            Source: https://patch.com/virginia/kingstown...etirement-home

            More Sickened By Outbreak At Springfield Retirement Home
            Health officials are testing for bacteria and viruses that could be causing the respiratory illnesses at the retirement community.
            By Emily Leayman, Patch Staff
            Jul 16, 2019 10:52 am ET | Updated Jul 16, 2019 10:55 am ET

            SPRINGFIELD, VA — More people have been sickened by a respiratory outbreak at a Springfield retirement community. Officials are trying to identify the cause of the respiratory symptoms that have led to two deaths.

            The Fairfax County Health Department announced the outbreak at Greenspring Retirement Community last week. As of Monday, 60 of the community's 263 residents were sickened by the respiratory illness over a two-week span. This includes 23 who have been hospitalized. Symptoms have ranged from a cough to pneumonia.

            Those numbers are up from the original report of 54 sickened residents, which included 18 hospitalized residents. The number of deaths remains at two.

            "The individuals who died had complex health conditions," said the health department in a statement. "The Health Department does not know the full medical history and the extent to which the respiratory illness contributed to the deaths."

            A cause for the respiratory illness has not yet been identified. Officials with the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are testing for viruses and bacteria that could be causing the respiratory outbreak...

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            • #7
              Outbreak Investigation at Assisted Living Facility in Springfield

              July 11, 2019
              Update: July 15, 2019, 3:00 pm

              Fairfax County Health Department continues to investigate an outbreak of respiratory illness at Greenspring, a long-term care facility with assisted living and skilled nursing care, in Springfield, Va. Over the last 14 days, a total of 60 individuals out of the 263 residents in this facility have become ill with symptoms ranging from upper respiratory symptoms (cough) to pneumonia. Of the ill individuals, 23 have been hospitalized. There has also been a total of two deaths associated with the outbreak. The individuals who died had complex health conditions. The Health Department does not know the full medical history and the extent to which the respiratory illness contributed to the deaths. No cause for the illnesses has yet been identified, but the Health Department is working with the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct testing for viruses and bacteria that may cause respiratory illness. There continues to be excellent collaboration between Greenspring and the Health Department, and appropriate measures have been taken to reduce the risk of infection and keep residents safe.
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              https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health...ty-springfield
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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              • #8
                Outbreak Investigation at Assisted Living Facility in Springfield

                July 16, 2019
                Update: July 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

                The Health Department is now reporting a total of 63 individuals out of 263 residents in the assisted living and skilled nursing sections of Greenspring have become ill. No new hospitalizations have been reported, but there are now three deaths associated with the outbreak. The Health Department does not know the full medical history and the extent to which the respiratory illness contributed to the deaths. Additionally, the Health Department has been informed that 19 employees have also reported symptoms of upper respiratory illness since the outbreak began on June 30. Results of testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are still pending.

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                https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health...ty-springfield
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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                • #9
                  Outbreak Investigation at Assisted Living Facility in Springfield

                  July 17, 2019
                  Update: July 17, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

                  CDC tested 17 specimens from ill Greenspring residents. No cause for the outbreak was identified. While bacteria were detected from some specimens, further testing is being conducted to determine whether the bacteria is the cause of the infections. The facility continues to apply recommended infection prevention measures. In addition, to reduce the risk of an outbreak occurring in others areas of the campus such as independent living, infection prevention measures are being implemented throughout the Greenspring community. To date, there is no evidence that the outbreak is affecting other areas beyond the assisted and skilled nursing units.

                  The Health Department is also investigating an outbreak of respiratory illness at Heatherwood, an assisted-living facility in Burke, VA. There is no evidence of any connection between this and the outbreak and Greenspring. The Health Department is working with Heatherwood to ensure appropriate measures are taken to reduce the risk of infection and keep residents safe. Samples are also being tested at CDC labs.

                  Dr. Benjamin Schwartz will make himself available to speak with the media today at 2:00 p.m. at 10777 Main Street, suite 310, Fairfax. VA.

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                  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health...ty-springfield




                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                  -Nelson Mandela

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                  • #10
                    Outbreak Investigation at Assisted Living Facility in Springfield

                    July 19, 2019
                    Update: July 19, 2019

                    The Fairfax County Health Department continues to monitor and work with Greenspring to institute appropriate prevention measures to stop further illnesses and those actions are having a positive result. In the assisted living and skilled nursing areas (Garden Ridge), there have been no illnesses reported for the last few days and residents who have been ill are recovering.

                    In the independent living section of Greenspring, which includes approximately 1,700 residents and is located in separate buildings from Garden Ridge, there is no outbreak of respiratory illness. While there is some illness in the independent living section, it is not considered to be an unexpected or unusual number of ill residents. Some illness is to be expected in a community of this size for older residents.

                    Because of the outbreak in the assisted living and skilled nursing sections, Greenspring has instituted enhanced surveillance for illness in the independent living areas. Infection control measures, implemented in the independent area out of abundance of caution, include temporarily stopping group activities, other than dining, and screening residents for illness as they arrive at the dining rooms. Residents have been informed of the respiratory illness in the Garden Ridge area by robo calls and on the internal website and have been asked to self-report any symptoms to the facility administration.

                    Independent living residents have been asked to not visit the Garden Ridge section, and to self-isolate if they are ill. Extra cleaning of high-touch surfaces and communal areas is in place.
                    Additional laboratory testing from CDC has not identified a specific cause for the increase in respiratory illness. Test results showed several bacteria that are known to colonize the nose and throat and may not be the cause of infection. In addition, several specimens were positive for rhinovirus, the cause of the common cold.
                    We will continue to monitor the situation and support the facility in its efforts to prevent further illness.


                    https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health...ty-springfield



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