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YANCEY COUNTY, N.C. — An assisted living facility in Yancey County is battling a stomach bug affecting multiple residents, according to WLOS.

Yancey House is a 70-person capacity senior home in Burnsville. They would not say how many residents have been infected, but said it is clearly a fast-moving virus.

“Currently, there are very, very, very few that have it,” Robin Waller said, Executive Director of Yancey House. “This is something that comes up in 24 hours and is gone within 24 hours. I could tell you a number now and in two hours it could be different.”

Waller says the facility has not tested to see if it is actually Norovirus, or a different stomach bug, because the containment control procedures are the same for these types of gastrointestinal infections.

“Extra hand washing, monitoring staff crossing by staying in certain areas, extra laundry washing, cleaning floors, cleaning handrails,” Waller said. “Everything that could possibly be done, and everything in the CDC guidelines.”

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