The Fairfax County Health Department is investigating after 54 of the 263 residents at Greenspring Retirement Community, located in Springfield, Virginia, became ill with respiratory symptoms, ranging from a cough to pneumonia, over the past 11 days, the health department said. The facility has been closed to new patients, while group activities have been canceled and ill residents are quarantined in their rooms, the health department said.
The first case occurred on June 30, Fairfax County Health Department spokesman John Silcox said.
The specific cause of the outbreak had not yet been identified but additional tests of samples were being done, according to Schwartz.
The outbreak was reported in the facility's assisted living and skilled nursing sections, WJLA reported.
The health department said in the news release that the individuals who died were hospitalized with pneumonia and had complex medical problems, but it "does not know the full medical history and the extent to which the pneumonia contributed to the deaths". The department was notified of the outbreak earlier this week, Silcox said. "Seeing a respiratory outbreak in a long-term care facility is not odd".
Greenspring is working with the health department to control the outbreak.
In a statement, Greenspring said that its "highest priority is the welfare of those who live and work on campus". They've been increasing their infection prevention, they've been increasing cleaning. No new hospitalizations had been reported in recent days.
Greenspring is not taking new residents as the outbreak is investigated.