Five residents with COVID-19 have died within the past week at Arbutus Park Retirement Community in Cambria County, officials announced.
Administrator Rick Wilson made the announcement in a letter Friday morning.
“It is with a heavy heart that I report that five residents being cared for in our COVID zone passed away this week,” Wilson wrote. “Although the virus wasn’t their primary cause of death, their exposure was a contributing factor. I ask that you keep their families in your prayers.”
Wilson says weekly testing results received Thursday revealed 13 more positive cases among residents.
He says the infected residents were immediately moved to one of the park’s COVID Care Units where they will be quarantined and will receive a dedicated nursing and care team.
Wilson says there are now a total of 26 residents with the coronavirus, but some have remained asymptomatic during their quarantine.
Meanwhile, there were 5,531 new COVID-19 cases reported across Pennsylvania Friday, a new record single-day increase.
Cambria County reported 116 new cases.
“As you are all aware from the media, this virus is for real,” Wilson wrote. “And we are experiencing just how serious the situation should be taken.”
Arbutus Park staff say they are working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to prevent further spread of the virus.
“I wish I could guarantee there will be no more positive cases, but that isn’t possible,” Wilson wrote. “What I can guarantee is that our entire staff are working around the clock to provide the safest and most caring home for our residents.”
Wilson says they will continue to test their residents and staff weekly until they receive update guidance from state and federal officials.