Staff member at Pacific Care in Hoquiam tests positive for COVID-19

  • Wed Aug 12th, 2020 7:56pm
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An outbreak of COVID-19 has been identified at Pacific Care and Rehabilitation in Hoquiam.

As of Tuesday, it was believed to be linked to the outbreak announced last week at Beehive Assisted Living in McCleary.

“A staff member (at Pacific Care) has tested positive with COVID-19 and was working during their infectious period,” read a statement from Grays Harbor Public Health. “The investigation is ongoing, but this outbreak has been preliminarily linked to the Beehive Assisted Living Community outbreak announced last week.”

The state Department of Health classifies any positive case within a congregant living environment as an outbreak.

As of Tuesday, 93 staff and all 61 residents at Pacific Care had been tested, with one positive result: the original staff member. Tests will continue to be conducted every seven days until there are 14 days without positive results within the facility. This practice is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the county’s COVID-19 incident management team continues to monitor the outbreak at Beehive Assisted Living.

“With every employee and resident tested, there are currently 15 cases associated with this outbreak,” read the Public Health statement.

Beehive will be posting community updates on its website, www.caringplaces.com/communities/beehive-retirement-community. The cases in that community included nine residents and four staff, and two hospitalizations, per a facility update posted Monday.

Grays Harbor County Public Health updates COVID-19 numbers daily at noon at healthygh.org.