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Wichita COVID-19 care home cluster: 2 dead, 15 positive



Two people died in a coronavirus cluster at a Wichita nursing home, and 15 of them tested positive for COVID-19, County Sedgwick said on Tuesday.

Avita Life Assistance and Memory Care Rolling Hills, south of Maple, on Maize Road, is the newest long-term care facility in Sedgwick County to create a cluster of two or more COVID-19 cases related to time and place.

The new coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the Wichita area, and 36 deaths in Sedgwick County are linked to COVID-19 disease, according to the Sedgwick County COVID-1

9 dashboard.

Four residents of the long-term care facility tested positive, according to a joint report issued by Avita and the county health department.

In Avita, there were 11 cases of employees of the institution. Nine of those workers had no symptoms of the disease but were positive. All employees will be quarantined for at least two weeks or until their test is negative, said Vicky Gooch, Avita’s chief executive.

“These restrictions were severe for all participants,” Gooch said. “Staff ensures that although personal visits are not allowed, residents can still contact relatives through a scheduled window visit, phone calls, text chat or video call.”

County Health Director Adrienne Byrne said in a joint statement that the health department is working with the agency to stop the further spread of the virus.

George Polk Award-winning researcher reporter Chance Swaim has been working with The Eagle since 2018. You can contact him at 316-269-6752 and cswaim@wichitaeagle.com.




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