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Guard Medic Team arrives at Grafton senior living facility to assist during outbreak

Posted: 5:38 PM, Mar 22, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-22 18:39:19-04
Guard Medic Team arrives at Grafton senior living facility to assist during outbreak

Six Wisconsin National Guard medics have reported to a Grafton senior living facility to assist staff during an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department called on the National Guard to help Village Pointe Commons in Grafton after a COVID-19 outbreak at the long-term care facility.

A man died in the facility's memory care unit on Thursday. The man, according to health officials, had underlying health conditions and tested positive for COVID-19 post-mortem. The family identified the man as 91-year-old Robert Blackbird.

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There are three other residents from the same unit who have tested positive for COVID-19 with additional tests pending. One caregiver has also tested positive. The caregiver is isolated at home and have not worked in the facility since March 14.

Four citizen soldiers and two airmen are in place at the facility, according to the Wisconsin National Guard. They will be in place there for three days until the facility "works to identify a long-term staffing solution amidst" the coronavirus pandemic.

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