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Published 4/17/2020
7:00pm

Durand Senior Care and Rehab Has Additional Cases and First COVID-19 Related Death

47 Total Cases at Facility

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Twenty-eight additional cases have been confirmed through laboratory testing for COVID-19 at Durand Senior Care and Rehab. This brings the total case count to 47 at Durand Senior Care and Rehab which includes 25 residents, 21 employees and 1 death.
 
The facilities first death was a male in his 90’s with underlying health conditions. Residents that have tested positive for the virus are staying isolated in their rooms, three residents have been hospitalized. Employees that have tested positive are self- isolating in their homes and have no contact with the residents and are required to avoid public spaces.

Durand Senior Care and Rehab continues to work with the Health Department, state and local partners as well as Memorial Healthcare, while also following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Emergency Operations Center has delivered multiple loads of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Durand Senior Care and Rehab including masks, gloves, gowns, and face shields over the last week.

The following strategies are in place at Durand Senior Care and Rehab to protect residents and employees from COVID-19:

• All staff and residents will be tested for the virus

• COVID-19 positive residents have been moved to an isolated wing

• Temperatures are taken on all staff and residents twice a day

• Resident’s respiratory status are monitored twice a day

• All communal spaces have been shut down

• All non-essential visitors have been limited over the past 4 weeks

• Re-education for staff on signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 and how it’s spread

• Staff members are wearing masks when they clock in

COVID-19 is present throughout Shiawassee County, county residents should continue social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others. For more information about COVID-19 please visit, cdc.gov/coronavirus, michigan.gov/coronavirus, or health.shiawassee.net.

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Update 4/12/2020

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