Ten residents of Grant County have recently died of COVID-19, including seven in long-term care centers.
— Karen Borchgrevink (@kborchgrevink) November 17, 2020
Some of the deaths are under investigation for their possible connection to a large November wedding near Ritzville that turned into a COVID superspreader event.
Some of the wedding guests worked at long-term care centers and tested positive, but a conclusive link between the wedding and the deaths has not been determined, according to a Thursday evening statement from the Grant County Health District based in Moses Lake.
“Because staff in these facilities care for entire units, direct contact with associated patients is not known,” said the health district’s statement.
In Washington state, more than 300 senior care facilities – a record number – have at least one active case of COVID-19 among residents and staff.
A dozen facilities that had big outbreaks at the start of the pandemic are being hit again by the virus. https://t.co/rGsgndbMh5
— Paige Cornwell (@pgcornwell) November 20, 2020
The seven deaths reported in long-term care homes do not include four more deaths at the homes for which death certificate reviews are pending.
Outbreaks at the three homes where residents died recently were announced by the Grant County Health District. It previously said an outbreak at an unnamed Moses Lake long-term care home and an Ephrata long-term care home had been linked to the Ritzville wedding.
Lake Ridge Center in Moses Lake had recent deaths of four residents with the death certificate of a fifth resident being reviewed. The deaths confirmed to be caused by complications of COVID include a man in his 70s, a man in his 80s and two men in their 90s.
COVID: Fears grow over Inland Northwest hospital capacityhttps://t.co/wnA1o5fp3P
— KOMO News (@komonews) November 29, 2020
Columbia Crest Center in Moses Lake has had recent deaths tied to COVID of two residents, a man in his 80s and a man in his 70s. Read more..