Springfield long-term care outbreak infects 64, kills 5; began with unvaccinated employee

By Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick

A COVID-19 outbreak in a Springfield assisted living facility, Gateway Living, has infected 64 people and killed five so far, Lane County Public Health told The Register-Guard Friday afternoon.

The outbreak began with one unvaccinated facility employee who worked while infectious, according to LCPH spokesperson Jason Davis.

The facility currently has 105 employees and 101 residents. The staff is 63% completely vaccinated and the residents are 82% fully vaccinated. About 60% of the cases are breakthrough cases. (Breakthrough cases among the general population of Lane County hover between 15% and 20%.) Seven people who were infected by the outbreak are hospitalized. It’s not yet clear how many of the cases were found among residents of the facility, employees of the facility or family members and others outside of the facility.

This shows what a danger an unvaccinated person can pose in a workplace that houses many vulnerable people. 

It also shows why 11 days ago President Biden issued a presidential order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all Long-Term Care Workers.

FACT SHEET: President Biden to Announce New Actions to Protect Americans from COVID-⁠19 and Help State and Local Leaders Fight the Virus

Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations for Long-Term Care Workers Who Serve Medicare and Medicaid Enrollees. Today, President Biden is announcing that HHS will develop new regulations requiring nursing homes to require that all of their workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Some states have already taken similar steps to protect nursing home residents, and this action will ensure consistent and equitable standards across the country. These new regulations would apply to nearly 15,000 nursing home facilities, which employ approximately 1.6 million workers and serve approximately 1.3 million nursing home residents.

President Biden is being proactive. Something hard to imagine the former guy ever doing.

The site of an early outbreak

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