Thirty cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday among residents and staff at Flagstone Senior Living in The Dalles. Most of the cases are mild or asymptomatic, and no one has had to be hospitalized.
Outbreaks at long term care facilities do not affect school metrics that determine when schools can return to in- person learning.
Tests were given to 119 residents and staff late last week and results came back Sunday from the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. All positive cases, and identified family members and close contacts have been notified.
Flagstone administration responded immediately to the initial positive case, and rapidly completed testing of all of the residents and staff. In addition they have increased cleaning schedules, enhanced usage of PPE and initiated other measures to reduce risk of further transmission.
North Central Public Health District staff, Flagstone administration and staff, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Human Services are all working together to provide a rapid, intensive response to reduce harm to residents and staff and to decrease further spread at the facility and in our community.
Under OHA guidelines, everyone at Flagstone who has tested negative will be re-tested on a weekly basis until the facility has gone without a positive case for two consecutive weeks.
Information about the outbreak will be posted by the OHA in its weekly report, which publishes every Wednesday. The current report can be found here.
The health district encourages people to wear masks when around others not in your household, keep six feet apart from those not in your household, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you’re sick.