COVID-19 contributed to death of Beehive resident

COVID-19 contributed to the recent death of a resident at the Beehive Assisted Living Community in McCleary, county health officials said.

Information on the Beehive website Monday morning indicated nine residents and four staff members have tested positive for the virus.

Last week, a Beehive resident died at a local hospital from a pre-existing medical condition that was impacted, but not attributed to, COVID-19.

On Friday, an additional Beehive resident was identified as positive and is currently hospitalized. Two staff members have also tested positive and are self-quarantining per Public Health and CDC guidelines. This caused the Grays Harbor Public Health and Grays Harbor Emergency Operations Center to identify a COVID-19 outbreak at the Beehive.

No information was provided as to whether the recent positive tests were acute or asymptomatic infections.

On its website, the Beehive said it had received two batches of tests back from the state lab. Of the 75 test results received, which the website states “constitutes the large majority of tests taken,” seven additional residents and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total positive cases to nine residents and four staff members.

According to a press release, the Beehive and Grays Harbor County’s COVID-19 Incident Management Team are working cooperatively to manage the outbreak. In accordance with the CDC recommendations, all residents and staff of Beehive Assisted Living Community have been tested. Testing will be conducted every seven days until there are 14 days without positive results within the facility.

As of Friday, the facility’s RN notes they were not aware of any more symptomatic residents or staff.

“We have been very proactive in protecting our residents and staff, Beehive administrator Erin Marotti said. “Over the past several months, we have worked closely with DSHS and the county health department to adopt and implement suggested infection control guidance, including daily screening and monitoring of residents and staff. We will continue to be proactive in our response to the current outbreak.”

Grays Harbor County’s COVID-19 Incident Management Team continues to work closely with local long-term care facilities and the Washington State Department of Health to ensure these facilities have an adequate stockpile of personal protective equipment and testing supplies.

For information on the Beehive outbreak, visit caringplaces.com/communities/beehive-retirement-community.

Grays Harbor County Public Health COVID-19 numbers are updated daily at noon and can be found at healthygh.org.