Regency Park senior facility reports five COVID-19 cases
Three residents and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Regency Park senior living facility on Southwest Barnes Road in the Beaverton area.
Cascade Living Group, which manages Regency Park, announced two initial positive test results for residents on Saturday, March 21, and noted that those two residents were hospitalized. On Sunday, March 22, Cascade said one more resident and two employees also had tested positive. It was unclear if any of those three patients were hospitalized.
"We have had many questions on testing all residents and staff for COVID-19, given the positive tests in both of those populations at Regency Park," Cascade founder Thomas E. Stanley said in a statement. "We are trying on a daily basis to procure and utilize test kits. Despite what may be in the media, test kits are extremely hard to find. Local health authorities, including Washington County Oregon, where Regency Park is located, do not have test kits for our community and do not have the resources to perform the tests even if we had them. We are being specifically instructed to only test those that are positive for certain symptoms, and then only at a local hospital.
"We are exploring all sources in the private commercial market for test kits," Stanley said. "It is simply not possible at the current time to test every resident and staff member."
Washington County now has a total of 69 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The state now has a total of 191 positive test results, though experts fear there are far more cases that have yet to be diagnosed due to a lack of testing capabilities. COVID-19 causes respiratory ailments, fever and related problems that sometimes can be severe. People most at risk are the elderly and those with existing health problems, though new research has shown that young adults also can become seriously ill.
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