Illness Spreads in Midland Independent Living Community 1/3/14
January 3, 2014
Midland - The flu continues to affect those in the Permian Basin. The Polo Park Estates retirement community in Midland has been hit hard this past week affecting a quarter of their total population. To protect the residents, the community is doing a few things, they have stopped all recreational activities and are limiting access to the building.
The Midland Health Department isn’t confirming that all these residents are affected by the flu, but could also be sick with a gastrointestinal illness.
“We are working with Polo Park to see what is going on with them. What we are working on with Polo Park isn’t just regular flu, what we are talking about with flu and the flu vaccine is the upper respiratory flu,” said Nursing Supervisor Becky Gates.
Officials CBS 7 spoke with say at least one in four residents within the community are sick. Because of the large number of people sick Polo Park Estates has asked residents to stay in their rooms.
Polo Park Estates Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jamison Gosselin released this official statement. “The safety and health of the resident and associates at the community are our top priority. Some residents in our community have been hospitalized for symptoms that mirror those of a gastro intestinal virus. Our dining room is now closed. We’ve implemented our thorough protocols regarding illness in the building including sanitizing the kitchen and common areas, wearing masks and gloves, limiting access to the building and following other CDC guidelines . Residents who remain in the building are being checked on and families of those sick have been called. We ’ve been in contact with the Department of Health and they have confirmed we’re doing all the right things to get past the issue.”
The incident at the retirement community is just one example of why thousands have been getting their shots at the Midland Health Department. “It is out here and the flu activity is definitely increasing in the Permian Basin,” said Gates.
In just the last week, the clinic has given more than seventy-five shots to Midlanders, a big change from weeks before. “We might have been giving 10 or 15 in the last weeks before this week,” said Gates.
If you have yet to get your flu shot, doctors say it is never too late however it takes up to two weeks after the initial shot for the vaccine to fully work
MIDLAND - Polo Park Estates officials are confirming that more than 30 of their 120 residents have come down with flu like symptoms. Officials have closed down the dining gallant as well as stopped all recreational activities.
The virus has not been tested, but employees suspect it could be a mixture of a gastrointestinal illness and the flu.
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