Dozens ill at assisted living community



More than 60 residents and employees at a Vancouver assisted living community have come down with a gastrointestinal illness.

In the past two weeks, 17 employees and 49 residents at Cascade Inn, 11613 S.E. Seventh St., have become ill. Cascade Inn has 178 residents and 105 employees, said Denny Kartchner, executive director of the community.

“It’s not anything uncommon,” he said. “It happens in every community every few years.”

Cascade Inn’s last illness outbreak was two years ago, Kartchner said.

To prevent the spread of illness, Cascade Inn has canceled all group activities, is sanitizing touchable surfaces and isn’t allowing visitors. Kartchner said normal operations are likely to resume in a few days.

“It’s been fairly short-lived,” he said.