“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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