WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – The All Seasons senior living center in West Bloomfield was already under quarantine -- but it was another devastating blow finding out that yet another person tested positive for the virus.
It’s been a rough couple of day for Ed Kaltz and his mother, Loretta, who lives at All Seasons Living Facility.
“This is alarming that it’s happened for the second time in 2 days. Obviously we’re concerned,” said Kaltz.
The second case of the Coronavirus found in less than 48 hours among the 160+ residents who live in the building.
“The caregiver that was with her did tell me on the phone that the second case is a young lady so now that means one woman and one man in all season has been diagnosed,” recalled Kaltz.
Thankfully Ed’s mother is doing fine.
“They were actually taking her temperature when I called. So I asked what her temperature? And they said it’s 98.4, so Loretta’s doing well,” said Kaltz.
The 92-year-old now under quarantine along with the rest of the residents until further notice.
“I think the hardest part of this is that she can’t leave her apartment,” concluded Kaltz.
Local 4 has been told that the staff has done a great job in helping all the residents inside to stay comfortable.
How COVID-19 Spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
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