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Health officials closely monitoring Castle Peak senior center for COVID-19

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May 12, 2020, 10:37 am

Health officials in the Eagle River Valley are reportedly closely monitoring the situation at the Castle Peak senior center in Eagle after the death of a resident last week who later tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Castle Peak senior center in Eagle.

According to Eagle County health officials, as of Tuesday morning there have been 565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county – an early hotspot for the disease in Colorado in March – and eight deaths of Eagle County residents. More than 3,000 people have been tested.

Statewide, as of Tuesday, there have been 19,879 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 987 deaths.

As of Monday night, three other residents and four caregivers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Castle Peak, and all were asymptomatic. Everyone in the facility will reportedly be tested again on Thursday.

All the positive tests were for residents or workers in the therapy ward, and the three residents are reportedly being isolated in a special area in the facility with Vail Health officials on site and now working with the facility to mitigate the situation.

“As the community’s health care system, Vail Health and Colorado Mountain Medical have provided additional resources and expertise to aid the Castle Peak Senior Life and Rehabilitation staff as they navigate through this COVID-19 situation,” Dr. Brooks Bock, CEO of CMM, said in an email statement via a spokeswoman.

“Castle Peak is a valued resource for our aging population, who is more at-risk to complications from COVID-19, and their team has done a tremendous job adjusting operations to help protect their residents and staff,” Brooks added.

Residents who have not tested positive are not being allowed to leave the facility for 14 days.

An incomplete survey of elder care facilities by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that deaths of residents in those facilities accounted for more than half of all deaths in 14 states nationwide.

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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