Kirkland is a city in Washington, with a population of nearly 90,000.
They have also been in the national spotlight after two deaths occurred there.
Specifically, it took place at LifeCare Centre in Kirkland.
The home itself has been cut off to the public.
We went to Life Care Center of Kirkland and found these signs outside. There are about 50 people who have symptoms that could indicate Coronavirus, 2 confirmed cases. (One is 70yo patient at Evergreen, one woman in 40s is a center employee now treated at Overlake) @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/bBo8FBIQdD
— Alison Grande (@AlisonKIRO7) February 29, 2020
— Ted Land (@TedLandK5) February 29, 2020
There were tweets claiming the home had denied it was an Covid-19 outbreak cluster before.
@AlisonKIRO7 @KIRO7Seattle Our father is at this facility and we were told NOTHING. We found out on the news. We called and the receptionist told us “not to believe everything you hear on the news”. They explicitly told the patients it was NOT COVID-19
— Ginger Wizard (@KevinAConnolly) March 1, 2020
As of this article, there has reportedly been three more deaths related to the care centre.
According to Kiro 7 News, here is a list of the five deaths related to the home.
– A man in his 70s, died at EvergreenHealth on March 1. He had underlying health conditions and was a resident at LifeCare.
– A woman in her 70s, a resident of LifeCare. The woman had underlying health conditions and died March 2.
– A woman in her 70s, a resident of LifeCare. She also had underlying health conditions and died March 1.
– A woman in her 80s, a resident of LifeCare, was never hospitalised and died at home on Feb. 26.
There was another presumptive positive from a 50-year-old patient at LifeCare who died.
Presumptive positive means that while the public health lab test came back positive, the test is still pending confirmatory testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Who is affected
As of this article, there have been at least nine confirmed cases related to the nursing home.
Over 50 residents and staff have shown symptoms of Covid-19.
There are 108 residents and 150 staff in the facilities.
Despite the outbreak, not all of the residents and patients are being tested yet — just the ones with symptoms.
According to Kiro 7 News, that could be a problem:
“Jody Connolly’s dad, Jerry Wall, is at the care center. He doesn’t appear to have symptoms but Connolly says his roommate has been coughing for days and is not wearing a mask.”
It is unclear how exactly the virus made its way into the nursing home, as all the infected right now do not have any travel history to China.
Second death in WA state in one weekend: King County Public Health confirming 4 new cases of #COVID19 coronavirus, including 1 new death, at the long-term care nursing facility. The nursing home had 108 frail elderly patients. They could be all at risk… pic.twitter.com/Q98MFfVTIC
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 2, 2020
The issue is not limited to the nursing home though. According to reports, firefighters who had visited the home have been quarantined — as have students from the Lake Washington Institute of Technology who visited the home.
Kirkland, Washington – Paramedics just loaded #coronavirus patient into an ambulance at Life Care Center of Kirkland nursing home. Approx. 27 of the 108 residents and 25 of the 180 staff have symptoms, some among them have pneumonia. (VIDEO by @TedLandK5) pic.twitter.com/iT7zBcJ2c8
— Max Howroute▫️ (@howroute) February 29, 2020
Another confirmed case in North Carolina was also found to have links to this particular nursing home.
Washington itself has seen a rise in the number of deaths from Covid-19.
There are now nine people who have died in the Washington area, eight from Kings County (the county where the nursing home is located).
Perhaps the worrying statistic though is that these nine deaths come from a total of 27 cases in these two counties, which places the death rate at a staggering 33.33 per cent, which presumably means that there are a lot more unearthed cases in the community.
It is still unclear who the original case that spread the virus to the home is.
An Amazon employee in Seattle, Washington’s largest city, was recently confirmed as a Covid-19 case.
A tweet describing just how tough it is to get medical help in Seattle has also gone viral recently.
I live in Seattle, I have all symptoms of COVID-19 and have a history of chronic bronchitis.
Since I work in a physical therapy clinic with many 65+ patients and those with chronic illnesses, I decided to be responsible and go to get tested. This is how that went.
— sketchy lady (@into_the_brush) March 3, 2020
Image from King5 and Twitter