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69 COVID-19 cases now reported at Canby long-term care facility

Three residents have died in connection with the outbreak.
Credit: Hope Village Senior Living Community

CANBY, Ore. — A Canby long-term care facility confirmed more residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and there is now a total of 69 known cases.

Marquis Hope Village Post-Acute Rehab says 36 employees and 33 residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus. The rehab center previously reported on June 7 that three staff and 31 residents had tested positive. Marquis personnel first discovered the outbreak a week ago when two staff members and five residents tested positive for the virus.

Three residents have died in connection with the outbreak.

"The coronavirus outbreak at Marquis Hope Village Post-Acute Rehab is heartbreaking to everyone at Marquis. We cannot begin to communicate the sense of anguish we are all feeling," Marquis Companies vice president of Clinical Services April Diaz said. "The mission now at hand is to contain the outbreak, to nurse our infected residents back to health, and to support all of our staff members’ health."

It appears the outbreak hasn’t spread to the adjacent assisted living center. Everyone there has tested negative, Marquis said.

Marquis said it is regularly testing employees and people living at the facility and working to isolate those who have tested positive. The Oregon Department of Human Services will make on-site visits at least once a week to monitor infection control practices, personal protective equipment supplies and staffing levels.

Marquis is the latest long-term care facility in Oregon to have a COVID-19 outbreak. Care centers in Oregon have been hot spots for outbreaks and largely affect people who are most vulnerable to severe complications from the virus.

Earlier this week, Gov. Kate Brown said the state plans to test every resident and staff member at long-term care facilities across the state. The governor’s office said testing will start at care centers at the highest risk of having an outbreak. Most of those facilities are in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill, Marion and Polk counties. There are currently 15 long-term care facilities in Oregon reporting COVID-19 cases involving residents or staff.

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