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24 Tucson Nursing Home Residents Test Positive For The Coronavirus

A long-term care facility in Tucson has confirmed that 24 of its residents and three employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

In a statement, Sapphire of Tucson confirmed that two dozen of the facility’s 180 residents tested positive.

The source of the infection is unclear but is under investigation.

Like most long-term care facilities, the nursing home had been restricting visitors for nearly two weeks.

Staff are complying with guidelines for infection control, and Sapphire of Tucson has instructed anyone who believes they’ve been exposed to the virus or are developing symptoms to leave work and self-isolate.

The Pima County Health Department also confirmed what it called a “cluster” at the facility and is working to help keep residents safe.

→  Read The Latest News On The Coronavirus Disease 


Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.