Orange County Leaders Report Second COVID-19 Outbreak At Local Nursing Facility

Local leaders confirmed a second COVID-19 outbreak at an Orange County nursing home Wednesday.

Orange County Leaders Report Second COVID-19 Outbreak At Local Nursing Facility

ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA) — Local leaders confirmed a second COVID-19 outbreak at an Orange County nursing home Wednesday.

At Anaheim Healthcare Center on Beach Boulevard, two patients have died and nearly four dozen others, including facility staff members, have tested positive.

At Huntington Valley Healthcare Center in Huntington Beach, many others tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, the center had a total of 72 cases, including 48 patients, 24 staff. There have been two deaths, both men in their late 70’s.

At the Anaheim Skilled Nursing Facility, 35 patients have tested positive as well as 14 staff members. There have been 2 deaths there.

On Wednesday afternoon, a man standing outside the door at Huntington Valley Healthcare Center visiting a loved one said he was unaware of the COVID-19 cases or the deaths at the nursing home.

Within the last few days, one provider said that the California Department of Public Health began requiring skilled nursing facilities to share COVID-19 case information with families to keep them informed.

“Communication is key with this outbreak,” said West Anaheim Extended Care’s Maggie Landry. “You must be communicating with residents, with their families, and with your staff to make sure everyone is on the same page because information is power.”

The state website lists 10 or fewer cases of COVID-19 at West Anaheim Extended Care, but that number is not accurate. Landry said the facility has no cases.

“We just want to make sure that the information is correct for our residents, families, staff’s peace of mind. We don’t want to stress them out more than necessary,” Landry said.

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Chicago Woman Finds She Still Has COVID-19 After Clean Bill Of Health

A Chicago woman who thought she had beaten COVID-19 only to be told the virus was still infecting her body is sharing her experience as a cautionary tale. 

Chicago Woman Finds She Still Has COVID-19 After Clean Bill Of Health

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago woman who thought she had beaten COVID-19, only to be told the virus was still infecting her body, is sharing her experience as a cautionary tale.

A day after going to a drive up COVID-19 testing site attorney Amy Episcope was upset to learn she had COVID-19.

“It’s scary,” she said. “I knew it was very life threatening.”

Initially she was extremely ill.

“I would kind of explain it like a ping pong ball going through your body,” she said. “You never know what’s going to happen next.”

Then she suddenly felt better, and after eight days with no fever and symptoms, healthcare workers said she could leave her house by April 7.

Episcope, who is a lawyer for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, did go out for essentials but refrained from using the public elevator and always wore a mask. But she still felt fatigue, so her doctor decided to send a vial of her blood to California for a followup test.

The result was frustrating.

“My infection was still highly active, and I was highly contagious,” she said.

Her doctor then told her she had to quarantine for another three weeks. Episcope is telling her story because she fears what would have happened if she hadn’t paid for that extra test.

“I’m extremely concerned about the people that I could unknowingly be infecting relying on the information that I was allowed to go outside,” Episcope said.

Now she has purchased a hazmat suit, so she can leave her apartment to take another test. That way she’ll find out if the virus is still in her body or if she can safely can meet with friends and loved ones.

Episcope said she could have infected her father, and that, she said, is the scariest part of her ordeal.

She said the takeaway is there is no magic number when it comes to the number of days needed to recover from this potentially deadly virus.    

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