COVID-19 death linked to senior care facility

Leader news staff
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Posted 11/30/20

Jefferson County's first fatality from COVID-19 appears to have been a resident at Avamere at Port Townsend.

Avamere, the company that operates the Port Townsend senior care facility, declined to …

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COVID-19 death linked to senior care facility

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Jefferson County's first fatality from COVID-19 appears to have been a resident at Avamere at Port Townsend.

Avamere, the company that operates the Port Townsend senior care facility, declined to comment specifically on the recent death. But according to an update posted to the company's website on Nov. 29, the company's Port Townsend location had reported one death of a resident due to COVID-19.

Currently, there are two other active cases among residents of Avamere's Port Townsend location. One staff member has also tested positive for the virus, according to the company's website, and 141 tests among residents and 85 tests among staff all showed negative results at the location.

When the county's first coronavirus death was announced last week, county public health officials would not say the fatality was linked to a senior care facility.

In announcing the death in a Nov. 25 email, Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke said the woman who had died from the virus was in her 90s and was chronically ill and had been receiving hospice care. Locke declined to provide any comment on the location of the woman's residence inside Jefferson County, citing privacy concerns and his confidence in existing contact-tracing procedures.

As of Sunday, Jefferson County's total number of COVID-19 infections stood at 164.

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