The first reported deaths have been linked to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Marquis Hope Village Post-Acute Rehab center in Canby, which has grown to 39 cases as of Wednesday and remains the second-largest active outbreak at an Oregon senior care facility.
One resident died Wednesday morning and had other underlying medical conditions.
“We are very sad to report that despite our high level of nursing supportive care and interventions, we have had a resident with underlying conditions and a positive COVID-19 test results pass away early this morning,” Marquis Companies Vice President of Clinical Services April Diaz said in an email.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this resident, and to the staff who have cared deeply and tirelessly in the resident’s final days.”
A second death was linked to the facility in the weekly report from Oregon Health Authority, a spokeswoman for Marquis later confirmed to the Canby Now Podcast.
The state’s largest active outbreak at a long-term care facility is at Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights in Salem, which has reported 56 cases and 10 deaths.
The 39 cases at Marquis Hope Village represents 34 residents (two of whom were hospitalized prior to June 5 for other conditions, but later tested positive for Covid-19) and five staff members, according to facility representatives.
Most residents at the post-acute center have mild to no symptoms, but the conditions of some are beginning to worsen.
“The majority of Hope Village Post-Acute Rehab residents continue to be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms,” Diaz said. “Not unexpectedly, but unfortunately, we are beginning to see some more significant symptoms in some of our residents.”
Residents who have previously tested negative are being retested every seven days, per CDC recommendations.
“Our focus continues to be on the care and comfort of our residents as we support them through their COVID infection,” Diaz said.
A major concern is that the outbreak may have spread to the adjacent Marquis Hope Village Assisted Living Facility, which as 74 residents — all of whom have been tested. Diaz said Wednesday evening that the majority of results have come back — all negative so far.
All 146 employees on the campus are also being tested, with results expected in the next couple of days.
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