24 children, 11 staff sick with coronavirus at Willow Springs children’s hospital in Reno

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The outbreak at Willow Springs children’s residential treatment has grown to 24 children and 11 staff members, according to the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

The state continues to investigate the infection control procedures at the 116-bed hospital that provides mental health and addiction services for children.

One staff member at the facility has died.

State health officials are awaiting the results of additional tests to determine the extent of the coronavirus spread at the facility.

Since the outbreak, the hospital has implemented new procedures. It has stopped taking new patients until at least April 15. It has also halted visitation. As staff members arrive, their temperature is screened before they are allowed into work. Patients also have their temperature taken twice a day.

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“The health and wellness of our patients and staff is of utmost importance and we are taking this matter seriously and cooperating with the state during their review of our facility,” said the Willow Springs’ CEO Andrew Herod.

“We have regular monitoring in place and continue to educate our patients about self-precautions. The team is in full cooperation with the State and Health Department, and we will take further steps if necessary to protect everyone’s wellbeing.”

Anjeanette Damon is the government watchdog reporter for the RGJ. You can reach her at adamon@rgj.com or follow her on Twitter @AnjeanetteDamon. If you care about shining a bright light on decisions made by your elected officials, please consider subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal.

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