🔥Coronavirus outbreak at St. Louis nursing home sickens four residents and two employees🔥

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Coronavirus outbreak at St. Louis nursing home sickens four residents and two employees

A line of wheelchairs sit outside a back door at the Life Care Center, where at least 30 coronavirus deaths have been linked to the facility, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash. Staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities contributed to the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area, federal health officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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ST. LOUIS – Four residents and two employees of a St. Louis nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, officials said Thursday.The four residents of Life Care Center of St. Louis are hospitalized, the company’s executive director Sean Buckley said in a written statement. The two employees were directed to stay at home.The nursing home at 3520 Choteau Ave. is owned by the same company that operates the Life Care Center of Kirkland, near Seattle, where 37 people have died from a COVID-19 outbreak.Nursing homes and extended care facilities worldwide have been especially hard hit by the spread of COVID-19, which is particularly dangerous to older adults and people with preexisting health conditions. Another Life Care facility in Kansas City was the site of Kansas’ first coronavirus death.

The Life Care Center of St. Louis is the second nursing home in the area to publicly report cases of COVID-19. Three residents of a nursing home in St. Charles, Frontier Health and Rehabilitation, have tested positive for COVID-19.The first of the six cases at Life Care Center of St. Louis was confirmed Tuesday in a resident who was hospitalized March 18 at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, Buckley said. The facility then isolated anyone who may have had contact with the four residents, he said.Two residents who later exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus were taken to the hospital Monday, Buckley said. A fourth resident was hospitalized Tuesday.Life Care Center also operates a nursing home in Bridgeton and a nursing home in Chesterfield.The company in recent weeks has instituted guidelines by federal, state and local health officials to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Buckley said. That includes screening employees, visitors and vendors arriving at the building and sending anyone with a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees to return home.Buckley did not release more details about the cases. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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A line of wheelchairs sit outside a back door at the Life Care Center, where at least 30 coronavirus deaths have been linked to the facility, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash. Staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities contributed to the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area, federal health officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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