Ten more St. Charles nursing home residents test positive for coronavirus, two dead

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – The number of Coronavirus infections has jumped again at the Frontier Health & Rehabilitation short-term and long-term care facility in St. Charles.

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health confirmed 18 residents had tested positive for Covid19 as of Wednesday afternoon, with 2 deaths. 3 workers had also tested positive.

There were 113 residents at the facility with 12 more workers were “out sick” Wednesday, and 2 infected residents were hospitalized, a Frontier spokesman said.

In a statement, Frontier reported that 15 workers from care facilities across Missouri had come to help at the home, even workers’ families are even volunteering with the staff now stretched thin.

There was enough PPE for the staff for now and the infected residents were in strict isolation, the Frontier spokesman said.

“Keeping people who are known positive isolated and in quarantine is extremely important. They are doing that,” said Demetrius Cianci-Chapman, the Director of the St. Charles County Department of Public Health. “They even have separate laundry and trash pickup outside the building for those residents. They’re adhering to a very strict isolation protocol. That’s a good thing. We don’t want these residents who have tested positive to be dispersed into the broader community. They have a very dedicated who are caring for them there. This is their home.”

Frontier was in need of pulse oximeters, which clip on patients’ fingertips and measure heart rate and oxygen levels, he said.

Anyone wanting to donate can do so through the St. Charles County Department of Public Health.

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