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Outbreak of COVID-19 confirmed at River Falls care home

Three residents have died, with more than a dozen infected.

Authorities in Wisconsin have confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 at an assisted-living facility near the Minnesota border.

The Pierce County Public Health Department announced Wednesday that there have been 15 residents and eight staff members or caregivers test positive at the Lodge at River Falls Comforts of Home facility.

Three of the residents who contracted COVID-19 have since died.

"Together with senior living leaders, we have been preparing for the possibility of outbreaks in our senior living communities” said AZ Snyder, Pierce County Health Officer.

"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."

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COVID-19 has proven particularly deadly in long-term care and assisted-living facilities given its ease-of-transmission and the fact the virus can present more severe illness among older generations and people with underlying health conditions.

Across the border in Minnesota, 1,251 of the 1,666 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred in long-term care, memory care, and assisted-living facilities.

The Lodge at River Falls Comforts of Home has implemented a series of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including moving all infected residents to a separate wing of the building, and restricting all indoor visitors except for end-of-life care situations.

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