Illness Affects Facility Residents

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One resident of the facility estimated most of the residents at Silver Leaf Manor were confined to their rooms for up to five days. She asked not to be identified.

Newscenter 11 contacted Silverleaf Manor and talked on the telephone with Lisa Bean, regional director of operations. Bean said about one fourth or one third of the residents were affected. She also said steps had been taken by the facility that were necessary to maintain a healthy environment.

Silverleaf encouraged residents to stay in their rooms. Meals were served to residents in their rooms. All large group activities were discontinued. Staff training regarding infection control practices were reinforced.

Bean said the facility remained in close communication with Mississippi Department of Health officials locally and in Jackson.

Dr. Robert Hotchkiss, district health officer, said the District 6 office inspected and consulted with Silverleaf Manor in conjunction with the Office of Epidemiology.

When asked if the situation was serious, he would only describe it as "self limited". When asked for a further explanation he called it, "not insignificant". Hotchkiss said there was no evidence of regulatory violations at the facility and advised management on how to handle the situation.

Bean said the measures remained in place for about a week and were lifted 24 hours after the last person with symptoms improved. She said Silverleaf Manor acted quickly and aggressively in order to control the illness and prevent it from spreading further.