MT. AIRY, Md. (WJZ) — One of the residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in the outbreak at a Carroll County nursing home died Saturday night, officials say.
The resident was a man in his 90s with underlying medical conditions.
66 positive cases were confirmed Saturday night at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mt. Airy. The man was one of those cases, and all were residents of the nursing facility.
“If somebody is in a nursing home, they are there for underlying medical conditions,” Ed Singer, of the Carroll County Health Department, said. “So we have 66 people who, with underlying medical conditions, are infected with this virus.”
The facility learned of two positive cases on March 27, and an additional 64 cases the next day.
“This is extremely serious because of the vulnerable nature,” Singer said.
Asymptomatic residents have tested positive, and as an extra precaution, all staff are required to wear full PPE.
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County officials said to the best of their knowledge the facility was doing everything it was supposed to be doing to limit the spread.
There are now 1,239 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland, jumping 247 cases in one day. 15 people have died as a result of the virus in the state.
There were 72 new cases reported in Carroll County as of Sunday morning alone.
“We have been providing staff support, supplies, anything necessary to help them provide the care as well as try to prepare ourselves for any influx in patients we might have at Carroll Hospital,” Leslie Simmons, Executive Director of Carroll Hospital, said.