Health Officials Hoping to Find Cause of Greenspring Outbreak

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Testing will continue this week to try to learn why 55 residents of the Greensprings assisted-living center in Springfield have become ill, 20 have been hospitalized and two have died in recent weeks. County health officials say the center has been closed to new admissions while efforts to pinpoint the cause of the infections continue.

“The individuals who died were hospitalized with pneumonia. Both were older adults and had complex medical problems. The Health Department does not know the full medical history and the extent to which the pneumonia contributed to the deaths,” said spokesman John Silcox in a news release Friday.

Health Department officials said that tests has so far been negative for common virus and bacterial infections, including the flu and Legionnaire’s disease.

Samples have been sent to the Virginia Health Department in Richmond and forwarded to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for additional testing.

Greenspring is located on a 58-acre campus. It features a comprehensive continuing care neighborhood that includes assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation, and long-term care. Greenspring is operated by Erickson Living, which has facilities housing 24,000 people in 11 states.

County health officials have said Erickson is doing an “excellent job” of managing the outbreak.



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