SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The biggest influenza outbreak to hit Atria Sandy in years sickens a dozen residents and forces the facility to go on virtual lockdown for 10 days.
It's all about community at Atria Sandy, but when the flu strikes all activities and socializing comes to a halt.
Resident Brent Lingos said, "That's the one thing I missed not eating with the rest of the guys."
Just before the new year 12 residents came down with the flu all at once. 12 people may not sound like a lot, but when Atria is dealing with the lives of 186 residents they take it very seriously.
Atria's Executive Director Ron Gardner said, "We have a pretty strict protocol if anyone were to get sick. When we get to a certain number we take the urgent protocol to have them stay in their apartments to make sure they don't spread the germ."
So for nearly two weeks residents at Atria had to stay in their rooms. Their meals were delivered three times a day to ensure no one had to leave.
Resident Joseph Lichtie joked, "That didn't bother me any. I like myself do I could stay in my room."
Not only were resident restricted to their rooms, but visitors were discouraged from coming in.
"We don't want to take the risk that somebody else might get sick so we wanted to make sure everything was good just as a precaution," said Gardner.
That meant even after all the residents were feeling better, everyone was monitored for 72 hours before activities returned to normal. Residents we spoke with say they didn't mind because if staying healthy meant staying in their rooms it was worth it.
Lingos said, "We all got over it. We were told to stay in our rooms, which we did, and wash our hands a lot...everything turned out fine. We're all okay now."