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Members of the Colorado National Guard are being deployed to Valley View skilled nursing community care in Cañon City to help staff in the middle of a COVID-19 outbreak. More than 30 percent of staff members at Valley View have tested positive for the virus, leaving them unable to work taking care of residents.

As of Dec. 30, the Colorado National Guard deployed six soldiers who will work in non-clinical jobs such as administrative, housekeeping, laundry and dietary support for the next week “to provide an extra set of hands”.

No information has been provided regarding whether any facility residents have tested positive.

The Colorado National Guard troops are part of rapid response teams deployed by a newly created residential care strike team. They can be deployed to a facility when it reports staffing levels are dangerously low. The National Guard team is receiving bi-weekly PCR COVID-19 tests.

Officials of Valley View say they are grateful to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE),
the Residential Care Strike Team Branch, the Fremont County Office of Emergency Management and the Colorado National Guard members for their willingness to provide assistance to Valley View during this time of need.

Valley View Health Care Center is owned by Vivage Senior Living, an independently owned, Colorado-based company working with seniors and those with disabilities.

Vivage Senior Living current operates and manages 32 skilled nursing communities in Colorado and Missouri. Vivage/WellAge headquarters are located at 12136 West Bayaud Avenue, Suite 200, Lakewood, Colorado 80228.