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Coronavirus infects 8 at Parkville nursing home, and 4 at Dundalk facility, officials say

A second staff member at a Parkville nursing home and a second staff member and a second resident at a nursing home in Dundalk have tested positive for the coronavirus.

That brings the total of positive tests at Genesis Loch Raven Center to eight — six residents and two staff. And Heritage Center in Dundalk now has two residents and two staff who have tested positive, according to a spokeswoman for both facilities.

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Earlier this week, five female residents whose ages range from 50 to 89 and one man in his 80s tested positive for the virus at Genesis Loch Raven Center, located on Emge Road in Parkville. A staff member in her 50s who tested positive has since been cleared to return to work, according to a news release from Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. No details were available on the latest staff and residents to test positive.

The administration of the nursing homes learned of the first positive case at the nursing home on March 28, said Lori Mayer, spokeswoman for Loch Raven Center and Heritage Center, located on German Hill Road in Dundalk. The staff member was the first one to contract the virus, and she self-quarantined after exhibiting symptoms, Mayer said.

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All residents are being restricted to their rooms, Mayer said in an email. The 92 residents who live at the facility are being checked three times a day for their temperatures and symptoms, she said.

The nursing home had started to notify patients, residents and families of the cases, Mayer said in a statement on April 1. On April 2, Mayer said the administration had begun holding daily video conference updates.

An investigation into who may have been in contact with those infected was ongoing Thursday, said county Health and Human Services spokeswoman Elyn Garrett-Jones. The county was notified of the cases on April 1, Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch said.

Mayer also said one resident and one staff member have tested positive at Heritage Center.

Staff at the facilities are wearing masks and eye protection, and some employees have been instructed to self-quarantine, Mayer said in a statement.

The nursing home had already restricted visitation and suspended communal dining. Residents and staff members are being screened for symptoms daily, according to the release.

“This crisis is simply unlike anything we have ever faced and we are committed to providing whatever public health resources we can to assist our neighbors during this time,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a statement. “The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority as we navigate this global pandemic.”

The county Health Department is working with Genesis Loch Raven Center to follow state guidelines to contain the spread, Branch said in a statement.

“This pandemic is unprecedented," he said. "It is extremely important to do everything possible to mitigate these types of occurrences.”

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