66 Residents of Maryland Nursing Home Test Positive For COVID-19

More than five dozen residents of a Carroll County nursing home have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.Gov. Larry Hogan announced late Saturday night the outbreak at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, where 66 residents have tested positive, including 11 who are hospitalized.

Pleasant View is a 104-bed facility that is Medicaid and Medicare certified, according to the Maryland Health Care Commission. As of  last year, it had a 95 percent occupancy rate, the Medicare List website reported. A spokesman for the governor said patients who are not infected have been moved to another part of the facility.

“Tonight, Maryland has experienced a tragic coronavirus outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy,” Hogan said in a statement. “Multiple state agencies are on the scene and working closely with the local health department and the facility as they take urgent steps to protect additional residents and staff who may have been exposed. I want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and first responders all across our state who are working around the clock to respond to this pandemic.

“As we have been warning for weeks, older Marylanders and those with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable and at a significantly higher risk of contracting this disease.” The governor continued to call on Marylanders to stay at home except for essential trips as the state attempts to slow the spread of the virus. “We are leveraging the full arsenal of public health and government, but defeating this invisible enemy will require a unity of effort and spirit like nothing we have ever faced,” said Hogan.

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