Curry County added 23 more cases in the week since Oct. 7, bringing the total to 56 cases. Except for one, all of the new cases are centered in Brookings at Sea View Senior Living’s long term memory care unit, with one patient hospitalized with symptoms, according to the press release from Curry County Public Health. Other Sea View patients were reported by to be asymptomatic.
*** UPDATE: In an update sent out on Friday, Oct. 16, a new case was added to the Sea View cases, plus the hospitalized patient, who was on Hospice, passed away. See the linked article. The case count in headline and the paragraph above has been adjusted to reflect the new numbers.
Of the Sea View cases, 19 positives are memory care residents, according to a letter to residents, families and healthcare partners that Executive Director Cristi Parada forwarded to The Pilot. “Each is asymptomatic and not showing any signs or symptoms, which we are grateful to see,” Parada said in the letter. She was unable to comment on the reported hospitalization when asked.
In addition to the now 20 residents, six cases are staff members, some of which are residents of Del Norte County and are not included in Curry County’s numbers. “All are at home resting and will begin to return to work in the next few days as their mandatory quarantine period expires,” Parada said.
Sea View is isolating memory care workers from the independent and assisted living portion of the facility.
“We have two teams employed at Sea View; one is memory care focused, and the other assists our independent and assisted living residents,” she said. “We are relieved that our independent and assisted staff continue to pass their tests.
“We strive to maintain a heightened awareness and vigilance to this pandemic. Visitors are restricted and Sea View continues to implement social distancing during meals, using disposable dining ware, and modifying activities for our assisted living and independent living residents.
The facility is testing in house and sending the tests to Vikor Labs, which is able to return results quickly. “Our teams will provide updates at each shift and notify family if any tests are positive,” Parada said.
The latest outbreak places approximately 82 percent of Curry County’s cases in Brookings. Last week, 23 of 33 cases were from Brookings, but that number now stands at 46.
Statewide in Oregon, cases have also been rising from 35,634 to 38,160, with deaths rising to 608.
In Del Norte County, cases rose from last week’s 160 confirmed cases to 170, with 13 considered active as of Oct. 13.