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3 new Grant County COVID-19 deaths connected to outbreaks at long-term care facilities

The health district said all those who died had underlying conditions putting them at higher risk for severe complications due to coronavirus.
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GRANT COUNTY, Wash — The Grant County Health District reported four COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, three of which are linked to outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

On Friday, Nov. 20, the health district said there are outbreaks at McKay Healthcare and Rehab Center in Soap Lake, Lake Ridge Center and Columbia Crest in Moses Lake. 

Two women at McKay Healthcare and Rehab Center, one in her 80s and one in her 60s, died and one woman in her 80s died at Lake Ridge Center, according to the health district. The fourth death, a Moses Lake man in his 60s, is not associated with a long-term care facility.

The health district said all those who died had underlying conditions putting them at higher risk for severe complications due to coronavirus.

GCHD requested an Isolation and Quarantine strike team from the Washington Department of Health who has been onsite to assist McKay with additional precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. 

No McKay residents are currently hospitalized, Grant County Health Administrator Theresa Adkinson said.

Lake Ridge Center has reported 49 residents and 12 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, Adkinson said.  She also said Columbia Crest has reported 25 residents and 22 staff members have tested positive.

Adkinson said the residents are being cared for onsite and one resident is hospitalized. Both facilities are in communication with GCHD constantly and have received consultation from the Dept. of Health Isolation and Quarantine team.

GCHD also made links between COVID-19 cases at two long-term care facilities, one in Moses Lake and one in Ephrata, to a large wedding that took place near Ritzville, Adkinson said.

All long-term care facilities in Grant County have been preparing for the possibility of COVID-19 cases within their facilities for months, according to Adkinson.  

As of Wednesday, Grant County has reported 36 deaths since the start of the pandemic.