Douglas County nursing homes battle outbreaks

According to the Oregon Health Authority, Curry Manor Residential Care Facility in Roseburg reported 34 cases this week and one death.

Posted: Nov 27, 2020 6:28 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.— As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Douglas County, some nursing homes are struggling with outbreaks.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, Curry Manor Residential Care Facility in Roseburg reported 34 cases this week and one death. The first case was reported on Nov. 4, which means the numbers went up in the matter of three weeks.

Umpqua Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Roseburg also reported 19 cases this week. Their first case was reported in August.

Sandi Greenberg, a nursing home expert out of Dallas, Texas, told KEZI 9 News that it’s heartbreaking to see outbreaks at facilities all over the country. She said nursing homes should be the priority as case number go up.

“Obviously, there is so many ways these facilities are getting it,” she said. “With COVID-19, you have to trace. There is a lot of tracking.”

That’s why she said it’s up to the management at these facilities to make sure the staff are all on the same page.

"If they do have to go out of town for a long weekend, a brother’s graduation, be honest,” she said. “Tell us what you're doing.”

KEZI 9 News reached out to both nursing homes for comment, but they did not get back to us.

According to OHA, Mercy Medical Center also reported 43 cases this week and the Roseburg VA reported 19.

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