Wichita, Kan. (KWCH) – Sedgwick County has identified new groups of COVID-19 in three adult care homes in Wichita:
Reflective Living, 1377 n. Illinois, Wichita, 67203
Seven cases (five residents, two employees)
· no kill
“Our top priority from day one has been to provide safety to our residents and employees,” said regional manager Christy Tuner, RN. “Our employees are checked daily before the start of their shift and are required to wear masks at all times. We are not allowing outside visitors, however, families are allowed the option to keep in touch with their loved ones. Although this is very difficult for everyone, our top focus is to reduce the risk exposure for our residents as much as possible. Currently, we are doing everything possible to quarantine the situation – frequent cleaning, increased use of PPE, increased resident screening, and visit restrictions to be only the most necessary to meet the medical needs of our residents. .
He continues, “The clinical team implemented infection control procedures following recommended guidelines and received a zero-reduction infection control survey in all 5 of our homes from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services prior to the cluster.”
Family of wichita, 12221 W. Maple St., Wichita, 67235
18 cases (Nine residents, nine employees)
One death (resident)
All residents and employees have been tested
Two cycles of testing have been carried out
“By this time, Vista’s Homestead is caring for eight COVID-19 positive residents who are currently asymptomatic,” said Midwest Health Marketing Director Ali Ellis. “All eight are residents of our memory care neighborhood, an area specifically designed to care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. All COVID-19 positive residents at our care initially tested positive on July 17, and no additional residents have tested positive.
Homestead of Wichita also provides assisted living in a separate area of the facility, but none of the assisted residents were tested positive for COVID-19 positive or SARS-CoV-2 virus. To reduce the risk of transmission, no staff members are being shared between assisted living and memory care.
Two rounds of COVID-19 testing at Homestead of Vivita have been completed. The first tests conducted on July 17 found nine residents to be COVID-19 positive, while follow-up testing on July 24 determined that there were no new cases of COVID-19. The results of the second round are encouraging as no additional resident COVID-19 were positive. Although there is still a risk of incubation period from exposure, negative resident test results indicate that infectious disease protocols are working to protect residents. “
Platinum Care Home, 5701 AD. 17 St. N., Wichita, 67208
Less than five cases
· no kill
Residents and employees will be re-tested at the end of the week
Sedgwick County investigates reports of notable diseases such as COVID-19. If a case is identified in an adult care home, Sedgwick County recommends that the facility separate any symptomatic people from other residents. Residents and employees are tested either by the Health Department at no cost or through the facility. The facility monitors all residents and employees for signs. The Health Department works with the facility to ensure that all close contacts are identified and that they are properly separated or separated.
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