VICHITA, Can. (KWCH) – Segwick County has identified new COVID-19 groups in three adult care homes in Wichita:
Reflection of Life, 1377 N. Iroquois, Wichita, 67203
· Seven cases (five residents, two employees)
· No deaths
“From day one, our top priority has been to protect our residents and staff by providing quality assistance to our residents,” said Christie Tuner, Regional Manager, Russia. “Our employees are checked daily before the start of their shift and are required to wear a mask at all times. We do not allow outsiders, but families are allowed alternatives to keep in touch with their loved ones. Although it is very difficult for all participants, our main goal is to minimize the risk of impact for our residents. We are currently doing everything possible to quarantine the situation ̵1; frequent cleaning, increased use of PPE, increased surveys of residents and limited visits to only the most important to meet the medical needs of our residents.
She continues: “The clinical team implemented infection control procedures following the recommended recommendations and received a zero-deficit survey in all 5 of our homes from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability to the cluster.”
The farmstead Vichiti, 12221 W. Maple St., Wichita, 67235
· 18 cases (nine residents, nine employees)
· One death (resident)
· All residents and staff have been tested
· Two testing cycles were performed
“As of now, eight positive COVID-19 residents are currently being cared for in Wichita homes, and they are currently asymptomatic,” said Ali Ellis. “All eight are residents of our memory district, which has an area specifically designed for the care of the elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. All positive COVID-19 residents under our care were initially tested positive on July 17, and no additional residents tested positive.
The Wichita estate also offers accommodation in a separate area of the facility, but the residents who provided assistance were not positive for COVID-19 or were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. To reduce the risk of transmission, no staff is divided between compliance and memory care.
Two rounds of COVID-19 testing took place at Wichita’s home. The first tests, conducted on July 17, found that nine residents tested positive for COVID-19, while the next test on July 24 determined that there were no new cases of COVID-19. The results of the second round are encouraging, as the additional residents did not test COVID-19. Although there is still a risk of an incubation period from exposure, the results of negative resident tests show that infectious disease protocols work to protect residents.
Home care for platinum, 5701 E. 17th St. N., Wichita, 67208
· Less than five cases
· No deaths
· Residents and staff will be re-tested at the end of the week
Sedgwick County is investigating reports of reported diseases, such as COVID-19. If an accident occurs in a nursing home, Sedgwick County recommends that the institution isolate any symptomatic people away from other residents. Residents and staff are tested either in the health department free of charge or through the facility. The facility monitors all residents and staff for signs of symptoms. The Department of Health works with the facility to ensure that all close contacts are identified and properly quarantined or isolated.
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