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23 residents, staff test positive for COVID-19 at Pierce Co. assisted living facility; 3 dead

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Pierce County (WQOW) - The Pierce County Health Department says a COVID-19 outbreak at an assisted living facility has left three people dead.

According to the health department, 15 residents and eight staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus at The Lodge at River Falls Comforts of Home.

Of those 15 residents to test positive, three have died.

“Together with senior living leaders, we have been preparing for the possibility of outbreaks in our senior living communities” said AZ Snyder, health officer in Pierce County.. “Public health is working closely with The Lodge at River Falls Comforts of Home staff to ensure everyone in the facility is closely monitored for symptoms. We have requested National Guard resources to assist with repeated testing in the facility to ensure we can identify any new cases quickly. Residents who have tested positive have been separated into a different wing of the building.”

In all of Pierce County, 225 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic's start. Of those, 38 remain active and 184 have recovered.

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