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A resident of an Elk Grove assisted living facility died Monday evening of complications related to COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, according to Sacramento County Public Health.
Officials report that this individual was in their 90s and had an underlying condition. They were a resident of the Carlton Senior Living facility in Elk Grove. They were diagnosed with COVID-19 while in the hospital, according to the facility, but officials are not releasing where they were treated.
The facility has “implemented isolation protocol” for the next 14 days, according to a new release from Carlton Senior Living.
This is one of 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county. This is the first Sacramento County death.
Officials are not releasing this person’s gender or where they were treated for the illness.
“When a nursing home facility has an outbreak, regardless if it is flu, norovirus or COVID-19, Sacramento County Public Health immediately begins the investigation process to follow the communicable disease exposure of others, and will monitor or isolate those individuals until they are no longer contagious,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, Sacramento County Department of Health Services Director, in a news release.
Beilenson said in the event of an outbreak, facilities can follow a flu plan that includes limiting visitor access, freezing new admissions, closing common areas and enhanced cleaning measures.
Sacramento County announced Tuesday that they’re shifting their strategy from trying to contain the spread of the virus to protecting the county’s most vulnerable: seniors and patients with underlying respiratory conditions or compromised immune systems.
The county is urging people age 60 and older to stay away from large gatherings. They’re also asking anyone with cold-like symptoms to avoid contact with anyone who is over age 60 or has an underlying medical condition. Healthy people should wash their hands often, avoid touching their face, and call their health care provider if they begin to feel sick.
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