Employees of 3 area nursing homes test positive for COVID-19
Employees of two nursing homes in Temple and one in San Saba have tested positive for the new coronavirus.
An employee of San Saba Nursing Home & Rehabilitation has San Saba County's first confirmed case of the new virus.
A Regional Health Department Team will test all other employees and residents, the county's Emergency Management Department said in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile employees of two Temple nursing homes owned by Caraday Healthcare have now tested positive for the virus.
The company confirmed one positive test result on May 12 at Senior Care of Marlandwood East at 1511 Marlandwood Rd., in Temple after the employee, Donnique Fernanders, of Waco, who started work as a cook earlier this month at the center, told KWTX she was worried the facility was trying to hide her COVID-19 diagnosis.
In response to the diagnosis, Caraday said it arranged to test all employees and residents “to manage the situation proactively” and three more of the facility’s employees tested positive for the virus.
Fernanders and the other three employees are all self-isolating the company said.
One employee at Weston Inn at 2505 S 37th St., in Temple has also tested positive for the virus, Caraday said in a press release Friday.
“At this time, we do not have any other positive tests at Weston Inn. We have initiated testing for all team members and residents to be sure the situation is contained,” the company said.
The employee is also self-isolating.
The Bell County Health District is aware of the cases, health district Executive Director Dr. Amanda Robison-Chadwell, said in a statement Monday.
“We have epidemiologically linked some of our positives through various types of gathering, but we cannot specify the nature of those gatherings for the sake of patient privacy,” she said.
The company says it has barred “medically unnecessary visitors” and restricted access to its facilities since early March; conducts “extensive and ongoing employee education” on protection of residents; requires the use of personal protective equipment, and performs “extreme and continuous housekeeping.”
As of late Monday morning Bell County health officials have confirmed 243 cases of the virus, 61 of them in Temple.