CHANDLER, Ariz. - Officials with a nursing center in Chandler say dozens of residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a statement released by Desert Cove Nursing Center on Friday, the discovered their first case of the coronavirus on April 24, and since then, a total of 40 residents and 13 associates have tested positive.
Of the residents who tested positive, four of them have died, seven of them are receiving care in local hospitals, and 29 of them are isolated in the facility and receiving care from a team.
Desert Cove Nursing Center is located near the northeast corner of Frye and Dobson Roads.
There have been other reports of residents in Chandler long-term care facilities contracting and dying from COVID-19. On April 21, FOX 10 reported on Pennington Gardens in Chandler. Officials there confirm that 13 residents have died from the disease.
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