COVID-19 sweeps through small Fort Collins assisted living center’s residents, staff

Pat Ferrier

| Fort Collins Coloradoan

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COVID-19 has swept through an entire small Fort Collins assisted living center, infecting all eight residents, its owner and all but two staff members.

One resident died.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed the outbreak at Turnberry Place Assisted Living Center in Fort Collins on Sept. 30.

The facility is licensed for eight residents and has been on lockdown since the pandemic began in March, owner Rachel Robertson said.

Robertson said she, her staff and residents are still recovering from the virus. The resident who died did so “peacefully in the comfort of her home. That’s what she wanted.”

The facility is running up against delays in getting test results, which can take up to three to four days, Robertson said — time in which asymptomatic staff and residents might be unknowingly spreading the virus.

“For us, testing is still a delay … it’s not fast enough for any of us,” she said. “We are a perfect example of how fast this can flare up. We’re trying to do the best we can with the amount of resources out there and still … it’s not good enough.”

The facility continues to follow protocols outlined by the state and county health departments and continues “to be vigilant with staff and residents,” Robertson said.

Determining who’s exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms is complicated by the wildfire smoke that’s hovered over the city for days, she said. “We’ve had all this smoke during the entire process and it’s affected so many people we just don’t know what it is they have going on,” except through testing.

Her own symptoms — a slight tickle in her throat that flared up into what felt like a sinus infection — she thought were caused by the smoke. “It’s hard to decipher what is smoke versus what was COVID,” Robertson said.

The elderly have been especially vulnerable to COVID-19, with 38 of the county’s 54 deaths from the virus coming in people over age 74. Seven long-term care facilities have had outbreaks of two or more people and two facilities have seen repeated outbreaks.

Including Turnberry, COVID-19 outbreaks in Larimer County have involved the infection of 126 residents and 102 staff at long-term care facilities. The state defines an outbreak as two or more cases within 14 days.

Robertson said the center will get through the pandemic. “I believe in taking care of people,” she said. “Life has given us challenges and it’s a matter of how we are going to move forward with these challenges and how best to manage these people’s care. We need to do it together.”

In addition to Turnberry, Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital in Johnstown, Revelation Chiropractic and The Crown Pub in Fort Collins reported outbreaks of COVID-19 in the latest state report.

The state reported three positive cases at NCRH, all among staff members. As of Wednesday, no patients were listed as having tested positive for the virus.

The Crown Pub had four positive cases among staff and Revelation Chiropractic had two staff members test positive. Representatives from The Crown Pub, 134 S. College Ave., did not return phone calls seeking comment. The outbreak was confirmed Oct. 2, according to CDPHE.

The bar and restaurant remains open.

The state has changed the way it counts COVID-19 cases at Colorado State University, so outbreaks at various sororities and fraternities have been removed from the active outbreak list.

After consulting with the county health department the state “determined there is widespread disease transmission among the CSU community and that it is more accurate to report this as one, large outbreak.”

While the state now reports 375 cases at CSU, the university is reporting 457 cases among students, faculty and staff since the beginning of June, including 322 cases since Aug. 17, when students began moving into residence halls for the fall semester.

“The change does not affect contact tracing, case investigations, or any other public health actions to contain the outbreak,” the state said.

Larimer County COVID-19 deaths

► 54: Total deaths attributed to COVID-19

► 9: The number of people who died who were under age 70

► 6: Number of people who died who were under 60

►48: Age of the youngest person to die of confirmed COVID-19 (a 45-year-old man from Fort Collins is listed as a probable COVID-19 death)

►101: Age of oldest person to die of COVID-19

Larimer County COVID-19 outbreaks

Here’s a look at active and resolved outbreaks in Larimer County, as reported by the state health department on Sept. 23.

ACTIVE OUTBREAKS

Alpine ENT, 1120 E. Elizabeth St. Suite F-101, Fort Collins. Five confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 16.

Cameron Peak Fire, Fort Collins. 23 confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak confirmed Aug. 25.

DS Constructors, 3780 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 25.

Front Range Raynor Garage, 3847 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Three confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 15.

J Street Biscuit Co., 5888 Wright Drive, Loveland. Three confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 21.

Little Thompson Water District, 835 E. Colorado Highway 56, Berthoud. Six confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 29.

Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, 4401 Union St., Johnstown. Three confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak confirmed Oct. 2.

Paradise Nails & Spa, 1123 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 29.

Revelation Chiropractic, 2721 S. College St., Suite 4A, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 23.

SOAR Basketball youth basketball team, Fort Collins. Six confirmed cases (one staff, five players). Outbreak determined Sept. 28.

The Crown Pub, 134 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Four confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak determined Oct. 2.

Turnberry Place Assisted Living, 2401 Turnberry Road, Fort Collins. 15 confirmed cases (eight residents, seven staff). One death. Outbreak confirmed Sept. 30.

RESOLVED OUTBREAKS

AmeriGas,1036 Smithfield Drive, Fort Collins. Five confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak determined July 24, resolved Aug. 19.

Anheuser Busch’s American Eagle Distribution Center, Loveland. Four confirmed cases, seven probable (all staff). Outbreak determined May 18, resolved July 7.

Associates in Periodontics, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak determined July 21, resolved Aug. 3

At the Beach tanning salon, Loveland. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 1, resolved Sept. 9.

Avant Garde Aleworks, Estes Park. Three confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak determined July 16, resolved Aug. 7.

Be Quick Horseshoeing, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak determined July 27, resolved Aug. 6

Brothers Bar and Grill, Fort Collins. Three confirmed cases, one probable (all staff). Outbreak confirmed Aug. 3, resolved Sept. 2.

Center at Rock Creek, Fort Collins. 18 confirmed cases (13 residents, five staff), five probable cases (one resident, four staff), one resident death. Outbreak determined April 30, resolved June 2.

Chick-fil-A, Fort Collins. Nine confirmed cases (all staff), five probable (all staff). Outbreak determined May 15, resolved June 23.

Columbine West Health & Rehab, Fort Collins. 46 confirmed cases (20 residents, 26 staff), eight probable (three residents, five staff). Four confirmed deaths, two more probably caused by COVID. Outbreak confirmed Aug. 27, resolved Sept. 29.

Columbine North Shore Health & Rehabilitation, Loveland (first outbreak). 31 confirmed cases (22 residents, nine staff), 11 probable cases (seven residents, four staff), six resident deaths with confirmed COVID-19, five more probable. Outbreak determined March 12, resolved May 19.

Columbine North Shore Health & Rehabilitation, Loveland (second outbreak). Five confirmed cases (two residents, three staff), one resident death. Outbreak determined Aug. 10, resolved Sept. 9.

CSU athletics, Fort Collins. 24 confirmed cases, one probable. Outbreak determined July 21, resolved Aug. 31.

CSU Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Fort Collins (first outbreak). Seven confirmed cases, two probable. Outbreak determined July 23, resolved Aug. 19.

Culver’s, Fort Collins. Four confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak confirmed Aug. 17, resolved Sept. 8.

Encompass Technologies, Fort Collins. Two cases (both staff). Outbreak confirmed Aug. 21,. resolved Sept. 15.

Genesis Hospitality Corp., Loveland. Three confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak determined June 23, resolved July 21.

Health District of Northern Larimer County Family Dental Clinic, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak determined Aug. 9, resolved Sept. 3

Hobby Lobby, Johnstown. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak determined July 21, resolved July 29.

Home Depot, 4502 John F. Kennedy Parkway, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases. Outbreak confirmed Sept. 8, resolved Sept. 25.

Home Depot, 1251 Magnolia St., Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak confirmed Aug. 24 resolved Sept. 11.

Hydro Construction, Boyd Lake Filter Plant, Loveland. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 2, resolved Sept. 26.

Ideal Dermatology, Loveland. Five confirmed cases, two probable (all staff). Outbreak determined June 23, resolved July 21.

Lemay Avenue Health and Rehab, Fort Collins. Three confirmed cases (two residents, one staff), 18 probable cases (eight residents, 10 staff), one resident death. Outbreak determined April 20, resolved June 2.

Level Engineering and Inspection, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases. Outbreak determined Aug. 10, outbreak resolved Aug. 27.

Logos Imaging, Loveland. Two confirmed cases, one probable (all staff). Outbreak determined Aug. 4, resolved Aug. 25.

Loveland Steam Laundry, Loveland. Seven confirmed cases, one probable (all staff). Outbreak determined June 12, resolved July 13.

Molecular Coatings, 943 E. 110th St., Loveland. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak confirmed Sept. 15, resolved Oct. 6.

Pollution Solutions, Loveland. Five confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak determined May 28, resolved June 23.

Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant, Fort Collins. Five confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak determined July 2, resolved July 31.

Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of the Rockies, Fort Collins (first outbreak). Seven confirmed cases (three residents, four staff), three probable cases (one resident, two staff), two resident deaths. Outbreak determined July 10, resolved Aug. 7.

Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of the Rockies, Fort Collins (second outbreak). 42 confirmed cases (23 residents and 19 staff) and four probable cases (one resident and three staff). Seven deaths. Outbreak determined Aug. 12, resolved Sept. 23.

Residence at Oakridge, Fort Collins. 11 confirmed cases (five residents, six staff), four probable cases (three residents, one staff), one resident death. Outbreak determined April 4, resolved June 2.

Rodizio Grill, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff). Outbreak determined July 30, resolved Aug. 24.

Seven Lakes Memory Care, Loveland. 47 confirmed cases (28 residents, 19 staff), one probable case (staff), five resident deaths. Outbreak determined July 13, resolved Aug. 24.

Silver Grill Cafe, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff), one probable case. Outbreak determined Sept. 8, resolved Oct. 1

Splash Pool Services, Fort Collins. Five confirmed cases (one attendee, four staff). Outbreak determined June 26, resolved Aug. 15

Starbucks, North College Ave., Fort Collins. Three confirmed cases (all staff), one probable case (staff). Outbreak determined July 23, resolved Aug. 16.

The Standard construction site in Fort Collins at Prospect Road east of Shields Street. 10 confirmed cases (all staff), one probable case (staff). Outbreak determined May 29, resolved July 26.

The Still Whiskey Steaks, Fort Collins. Four confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak determined July 13, resolved Aug. 10.

The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins. Two confirmed cases (both staff, worked mostly out of the group’s Fort Collins office). Outbreak determined June 30, resolved July 28.

Tony’s Bar, Fort Collins. Three confirmed cases (all staff). Outbreak determined July 21, resolved Aug. 7.

Walmart Distribution Center, Loveland. 31 confirmed cases, two probable (all staff). Outbreak determined May 15, resolved June 19.

Walmart, East Magnolia Street, Fort Collins. Three confirmed cases, one probable (all staff). Outbreak determined Aug. 3, resolved Aug. 31.

Walmart, Mason Street, Fort Collins. Three confirmed cases, two probable (all staff). Outbreak determined July 21, resolved Sept. 15.

Source: Colorado and Larimer County health departments

Coloradoan reporter Kelly Lyell contributed to this report.

Pat Ferrier is a senior reporter covering business, health care and growth issues in Northern Colorado. Contact her at [email protected] Please support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a subscription today.

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