BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Five confirmed cases of coronavirus are tied to a northeast Baltimore senior living facility, Baltimore’s health department said Tuesday evening.
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, there are five cases related to the FutureCare-Cold Spring facility.
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The city’s health department said it’s following up to see who else those who tested positive may have come into contact with.
The facility released a statement identifying the cases as residents:
“Over the last week, some of our residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19). Current residents and staff are being monitored closely and the Facility is working in conjunction with the Health Department to conduct further testing on any residents or staff exhibiting symptoms, as well as identifying those individuals requiring quarantine pending testing.”
FutureCare has also stopped accepting new residents for the time being.
Other nursing homes in the state have also been hit hard; five residents of the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy have died from COVID-19 and dozens of others have been sickened.
Tuesday night, Gov. Larry Hogan called out the shortage of supplies nationwide.
“It’s the shortage of all these things, masks, PPE, ventilators. It’s not just a problem in New York, New Jersey or California; it’s every single one of the 50 states. We don’t have enough of these things,” he said during a television interview.
Baltimore leaders are urging people to stay inside to protect those most at risk, including seniors.
“Our focus on community mitigation, as Mayor Young mentioned, is in an effort to decrease the potential further spread of COVID-19 to residents throughout the community with a particular focus on protecting those at highest risk,” Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said.