Fifty-one patients are being kept in their rooms at the center in northwestern Kansas, and an unspecified number of staff members have also tested positive. All staff members are being tested, county health officials said.
“Steps are being taken to prevent any further outbreak including quarantining residents in their rooms and not allowing outside visitors into the facility,” the Health Department said in a statement.
A representative of the nursing facility had left for the day and was unavailable for comment Tuesday night. A message was left seeking more details.
Family members of residents have been notified, officials said.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has provided resources to the county, which has a population of around 5,300 people, to help mitigate the outbreak, the county Health Department said.
Covid-19 case numbers have been rising in Kansas and across the Midwest.
“The numbers are getting worse. You’ve seen that every week in terms of the prevalence,” Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the state health department, said last week at a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka.
Norton is a city of around 2,800 people not far from the Nebraska border.