The Villas

Sharon Reynolds, the administrator for The Villas Senior Care East, gives advice to leaders at other care facilities going through outbreaks after COVID-19 hit their facility in the spring.
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Most of the new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County are from what public health experts call community spread, at house parties, work, restaurants or other places within the community. But that wasn’t the case at the beginning of the pandemic, when most cases were in congregate settings, such as nursing homes.

Staff at The Villas Senior Care Community in Sherman gather to watch a parade of cars full of supporters. The nursing home is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.
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Dozens of cars snaked around the entrance to The Villas Senior Care Community in Sherman Wednesday. Staff in scrubs and facemasks waved as the cars slowed and honked, while some of their passengers hung out of the windows or sunroofs shouting thanks and encouragement.

A graph of the three-day average of new COVID-19 cases in central Illinois from data SIU Medicine collected on behalf of Sangamon County.
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The graph of average number of new COVID-19 cases in central Illinois looks a bit like a roller coaster, with small hills.

Three recent outbreaks caused a steep incline, said Dr. Jerry Kruse, dean of the SIU School of Medicine and CEO of the healthcare group, SIU Medicine.

Sangamon County Department of Public Health
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A 7-year-old and a 10-year-old in Sangamon County have tested positive for COVID-19, Jeff Wilhite, a spokesman for the county confirmed Thursday.

The two were in the same household as another person who has tested positive, according to Wilhite.

There is an outbreak of the coronavirus at The Villas in Sherman.
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Two more residents of The Villas East in Sherman, both women in their 80s, died from COVID-19 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital Wednesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported.

There is an outbreak of the coronavirus at The Villas in Sherman.
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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with a nursing home in Sherman nearly doubled Tuesday. The increase accounts for all but one newly reported case in Sangamon County, where 153 residents have tested positive. 

There is an outbreak of the coronavirus at The Villas in Sherman.
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Two more staff members and 10 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at a nursing home in Sherman, bringing the total cases associated with the facility to 26, according to a news release form the Sangamon County Department of Public Health.

The confirmed cases at The Villas Senior Care Community include two deaths. A man in his 90s died last week, and a second resident, a man in his 70s, died at Memorial Medical Center Thursday.

There is an outbreak of the coronavirus at The Villas in Sherman.
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Six residents and four employees at The Villas in Sherman have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

All three residents with newly confirmed cases are hospitalized, two at Memorial Medical Center and one at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, according to a statement from the Sangamon County Department of Public Health.

The ten cases include that of a resident in his 90s who died last week, according to the statement.