Norovirus sickens 12 at Wilsonville senior center

Some people have been hospitalized but no one has died

SpringRidge At Charbonneau senior community in Wilsonville. (Google Plus)

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — A dozen elderly people in Wilsonville were sickened in a norovirus outbreak that started Thursday, officials confirmed.

The norovirus outbreak started at SpringRidge at Charbonneau, an independent living, assisted living and memory care facility, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

As of Monday, the entire facility was impacted by the outbreak, Clackamas County Health Officer Dr. Sarah Present said. Both staff and residents have contracted norovirus, which is considered highly contagious.

Some people have been hospitalized but no one has died.

Symptoms tend to come on violently and pass within 24 hours, health officials said. Elderly people affected by norovirus are most threatened by dehydration.

Employees are working diligently to end the outbreak through standard cleaning measures and by keeping the sick away from others. The facility has also stopped accepting patients from hospitals.

This outbreak is reportedly one of a handful in Clackamas County this year.

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