Public Health sees COVID cases rise to 563 total in Moffat County
Public Health also announces Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab received infection control procedures following Federal Infection Control Focused Survey
Moffat County Public Health is reporting 107 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since Tuesday, Dec. 8. In addition to the 107 news cases, the Moffat County Coroner confirmed that another resident at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab died due to COVID-19.
As of Thursday, Dec. 17, the total number of deaths in Moffat County related to COVID-19 is 20. Of these 20 deaths, COVID-19 was listed as the cause of death in 18 people, while the other two deaths were people who were positive for COVID-19 at the time of their death, but COVID-19 was not listed as the cause of death.
The cause of death is determined by the attending physician. Eleven of the 18 deaths due to COVID occurred at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab, while five occurred at Memorial Regional Health, and two occurred at other hospitals. Of those deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID at the time of death but their death was attributed to another cause, both were at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab.
According to Public Health Director Kari Ladrow, Public Health was notified that Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab received citations in mid-November for infection control procedures.
“Public Health was informed this week of a Federal Infection Control Focused Survey which took place November 18th in which Sandrock received citations for infection control procedures,” Ladrow said.
According to the survey results – which are public information -based on observations, record review and interviews, the facility failed to properly maintain an infection control program designed to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in three of four hallways.
Additionally,aA follow-up survey on December 9th did not cite deficient practice.
A list of deficiencies cited in the survey can be found at: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/find-and-compare-facilities.
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