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Palm Beach County No. 2 in Florida for nursing home coronavirus deaths

County's 114 cases at facilities 3rd in the state
Posted at 7:55 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 19:44:56-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — NBC News reports more than 5,500 eldercare residents in the U.S. have died from the coronavirus.

We now know Palm Beach County has had the second highest number of nursing home-related deaths of any county in the state. But it is still unknown which facilities are affected.

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The state of Florida is not releasing the names of the facilities where staffers or residents have gotten sick or died from the coronavirus.

However, Contact 5 has confirmed the location of one facility were in our area where two staffers have contracted the coranavirus.

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WPTV obtained a letter addressed to relatives who live at Barrington Terrace in Boynton Beach. The letters says "two of our team members have tested positive" and are "currently in quarantine away from the community."

However, a spokesperson for Barrington Terrace says no residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Meantime, the state released county numbers of eldercare residents and staffers who've gotten sick or died from COVID-19.

Palm Beach County has 114 cases, which is third in the state. The county's long-term care facilities have 24 coronavirus deaths, which is second in the state.

All counties on the Treasure Coast have reported cases. Martin and St. Lucie counties have one death each.

The president of Florida's AARP says all facilities need to work overtime to keep coronavirus from getting in.

"Those facilities are particularly vulnerable because everybody's living in such close quarters. Once the virus gets inside a facility, it's very, very hard to contain," said Jeff Johnson of the Florida AARP.

At Barrington Terrace, staffers and visitors get their temperatures taken every time they enter. The dining area is closed, as long-term care facilities step up their efforts to protect vulnerable residents.

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