A WHOPPING 41 people at a nursing home in Arkansas have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The number of cases has more than tripled from 13 in just the last few days, according to ABC 7.
A total of 35 residents tested positive along with six staff members.
There are 88 residents at Briarwood Nursing Home and Rehab in Little Rock.
“These residents are coloring, we are doing our best, following all the guidelines, and keeping them even in their isolation that they are not just miserable,” medical director Dr. Bushra Shah told the TV station.
The nursing home said in a statement that it activated a "preparedness" plan for infectious disease in early March.
"Current residents and those seeking admission to the facility were closely monitored for symptoms," the nursing home said.
"We also began facilitating remote visits, such as video calls, to encourage as much interaction with our residents as possible while adhering to our infection control policies."
The nursing home added that on March 12 it started to limit entrance to those who were visiting residents receiving end of life care, employees and "essential" medical personnel.
The move was in response to the reports of multiple coronavirus cases in central Arkansas.
"The virus has disproportionately impacted the elderly, and these protocols are necessary," the nursing home said.
"Anyone entering the facility remains subject to screening before entry.
"We are continuing to facilitate remote visitation and are focused on maintaining the physical and psychosocial health of our residents."
Dr. Shah praised the efforts of the staff in the fight against COVID-19.
“These are the people who are out there in the trenches doing due diligence to contain this for our community,” she told ABC 7.
“We probably did the most tests in one place and this has been a joint effort and I'm very proud of them for that."
Two other nursing homes in the state also have coronavirus cases.
There have been more than 170 confirmed cases in the state, and 35,000 nationwide.
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