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Resident at Cobb senior living facility tests positive for coronavirus

Staffers installed additional hand sanitizer stations at Lenbrook, a senior living facility in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood in response to the outbreak of a new coronavirus. Early research shows that elderly residents with existing health problems are more vulnerable to infections and more likely to die from them. HYOSUB SHIN / HYOSUB.SHIN@AJC.COM
Staffers installed additional hand sanitizer stations at Lenbrook, a senior living facility in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood in response to the outbreak of a new coronavirus. Early research shows that elderly residents with existing health problems are more vulnerable to infections and more likely to die from them. HYOSUB SHIN / HYOSUB.SHIN@AJC.COM

An East Cobb senior living community said one of its residents has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sterling Estates East Cobb said Sunday that resident is in stable condition at the hospital, according to an update on its website.

The resident began feeling abdominal pain on March 26, but did not have a fever. However, the facility said it reached out to emergency medical personnel, who said it was “in the resident’s best interest to be hospitalized.”

The resident was admitted to the hospital and the test came back positive on Saturday. At this time, Sterling Estates East Cobb said there are no other known positive coronavirus cases at its facility on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta.

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“It is critically important that we treat this situation with the utmost confidentiality,” Sterling Estates said. “We must adhere to patient privacy laws but will be as transparent as laws allow. Please be assured that we can and will take the necessary steps to prevent any virus spread while also adhering to these laws.”

Sterling Estates said its residents are sequestered in their apartments until further notice and will have their temperatures taken twice a day. Staff members will also be screened for coronavirus symptoms three times a day and wear masks and gloves at all times while in the building.

Sterling Estates is an assisted and independent living community situated on 10 acres along Lower Roswell Road west of Johnson Ferry Road. The facility offers cottages, a main residence building, a walking path, courtyards, raised gardens and a wellness center.

The Georgia Department of Public Health does not include the number of coronavirus cases in senior care homes in its daily updates. To prevent spreading the coronavirus, families are not allowed to visit loved ones at senior homes with reported cases.

As of noon Monday, Cobb County had 245 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, the Georgia Department of Public Health said.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department spokeswoman Valerie Crow said the agency is working closely with the senior living community, which is doing everything needed in response to the positive test.

Long-term care facilities should follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Crow said.


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