By CBS13 Staff

AUBURN (CBS13) — A senior home in Auburn had to call in help from the California National Guard after a significant number of staff members couldn’t work due to contracting COVID-19.

The Westview Healthcare Center in Auburn says seven National Guard service members responded over the weekend and are helping staff at the facility.

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According to the facility’s website, which was last updated on Monday, there are 17 staff members who are currently unavailable to work due to positive coronavirus tests.

Officials say this incident serves as a reminder of the seriousness of the situation.

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“This incident underscores the cunningness of this virus and the service and sacrifices made by those who care for our residents as if they were members of their own family,” said Brent Williams, the Administrator of Westview Healthcare Center, in a statement.

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The facility currently has 44 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 115 residents and 59 staff members have tested positive since January.