East Texas senior living facilities report COVID-19 cases, deaths

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—– WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 —–

Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Home in Carthage has updated their numbers with an increase of cases in employees.

Currently there are 12 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, which is an increase of three.

Positive tests and pending tests for residents have remained the same, but pending tests for employees increased dramatically to 96.

April 29

On Wednesday, Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt reported 10 new cases. Of those, six belong to the Highland Pines Nursing Center in Longview.

While an investigation is underway, it is unclear whether the new cases are residents or staff members.

—– TUESDAY, APRIL 28 —–

Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Home in Carthage has updated their numbers with an increase of cases in residents.

Currently there are 44 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and nine employees.

Pending tests include zero residents and 52 employees. However, Judge LeeAnn Jones reported more pending tests including 65.

April 28

—– FRIDAY, APRIL 24 —–

Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Home in Carthage is now reporting five resident deaths and one employee, a total of six coronavirus deaths.

That is the total number of deaths that Panola County is reporting from COVID-19.

There are 60 residents currently at Briarcliff. Of them, 23 are active cases. That is 38 percent of residents that have COVID-19 as of Friday night. 46 percent of residents have or have had COVID-19.

April 24

—— THURSDAY, APRIL 23 ——

The Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center in Carthage reported three additional cases of COVID-19. That brings the total number of active cases to 32 with 21 being residents.

April 23

—– WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 ——

The Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center in Carthage reported two additional cases and the death of a resident. That brings the total number of deaths to four which is 75% of deaths from COVID-19 in Panola County.

—– MONDAY, APRIL 20 —–

The Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center in Carthage reported seven additional cases and the death of a resident. This comes after an employee left the facility out of fear for her health and safety. Read the full story HERE.

April 20

—– WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 —–

Autumn Leaves Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson reported that the resident who tested positive just yesterday has died in the hospital.

—– THURSDAY, APRIL 16 —–

The Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center in Carthage reported an additional eight cases, five of which are residents.

April 16

—– WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 —–

Autumn Leaves Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson reported that a resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is hospitalized.

—– WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 —–

Westward Trails Nursing and Rehabilitation in Nacogdoches released information regarding COVID-19 cases inside their facility.

They announced that 13 residents and six staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus in April. Three residents have died and three have been hospitalized. The six staff members are recovering at home.

“We’ve implemented aggressive measures to measures to manage infection control at each of our facilities, in many cases even ahead of the protocols mandated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Daybreak Venture has closely monitored and implemented updates from both the CDC adn Texas Health and Human Services Commisson and we’re in daily communication with our administrator all over the state to be sure we are doing all we can to get ahead of any issue.”

—– TUESDAY, APRIL 14 —–

EAST TEXAS (KETK) – As COVID-19 cases are increasing in East Texas, the virus is making its way into senior living facilities, affecting one of the most vulnerable populations.

On Tuesday, the Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center in Carthage reported 12 positive cases, seven of which are residents. Of the three COVID-19 deaths in Panola County, two were residents at the senior facility.

In response, the facility has started a “Phase 3” management plan where employees who test positive must quarantine for 14 days and cannot return to work until they have two negative tests within 24 hours of each other. Residents who exhibit symptoms and roommates of those are also isolated for 14 days.

The Waterton Health and Rehabilitation in Tyler is working with health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 in its facility after a resident tested positive for the virus.

“At this time there is no indication the virus is spreading in our center, and our residents and staff are doing well,” stated Stormy Roberson, Administrator of The Waterton. “We will continue to monitor our residents and staff while working with local and regional health authorities. We are especially grateful for the support of all our residents and their families, dedicated team members, local health officials, and many others.”

Since they received results, they have canceled all group activities within the building and have taken appropriate steps to ensure the safety of staff and residents until no further cases are discovered.

According to the Southwest LTC website, the Heritage House of Marshall Health & Rehab Center reported a resident and staff member tested positive for the virus. There is no information regarding how the patients are doing or isolation efforts going forward.

In early March, Gov. Greg Abbott restricted visitor access to senior living facilities to protect the vulnerable population from the virus.

“The thing I am the most concerned about are our senior centers and our nursing homes where we have our very vulnerable senior citizens here in the state of Texas,” he said in an exclusive interview with KETK.

He went on to say the community and state must make sure residents at these kinds of facilities are not exposed to COVID-19.

—– SUNDAY, APRIL 12 —–

Autumn Leaves Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson reported that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

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