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Authorities are investigating a Carroll County nursing home after 66 of its residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Pleasant View nursing home had one of its residents die Saturday after battling the coronavirus. It’s noted that the 90-year old resident was also battling underlying health conditions. The man was among dozens of residents who tested positive for the virus despite the home’s continued prevention efforts.

According to WBAL, the home implemented necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. They restricted visitation and communal dining to help limit resident interaction. The home also made sure that its staff was healthy and free of the virus. Excessive cleaning measures were taken to sanitize the home but the virus still found its way around the residents.

Carroll County health officer Ed Singer shared, “the facility was doing everything it was supposed to be doing up front.” In regards to how the home is currently handling the outbreak, “we’re trying to isolate folks who are at the property. There are quite a few people who are sick,” Singer continued.

11 residents are currently hospitalized as a result of the outbreak. Wishing them and their families strength in this tough time. Governor Hogan continues to ask for community participation with preventative measures.

“We continue to call for Marylanders to stay at home, except for essential reasons, in order to help stop the spread of this 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,” Hogan pleads.

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