16 new COVID-19 deaths reported at Las Vegas valley nursing home, 24 total, along with 133 cases

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Sixteen more residents have died at The Heights in Summerlin, a nursing facility near West Charleston and the 215 Beltway.

A total of 24 residents have died at the state-regulated care facility, up from 8 total deaths reported yesterday.

That vaults The Heights to the top of the list of number of deaths and the number of positive tests at state-regulated homes in Nevada. The number of cases — 133, with 76 residents and 57 staffers testing positive — is unchanged on Wednesday.

Andrew Reese, administrator of The Heights of Summerlin, sent the following statement to 8 News Now:

As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation – and one that is being played out in communities, hospitals and nursing homes across the country and the world. Despite all of the preventive steps nursing homes are taking, the virus is still making its way into nursing homes across the nation. This is a complex virus that is hard to detect, people can be asymptomatic but positive, and the virus can take weeks to present itself. By the time you have a positive test result, many may have already been exposed, no matter what precautions have been taken.    

That’s why we have been so stringent on visitation restrictions and other precautions across all of our centers – not only following recommended protocols and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), but also often getting out in front of them.  Some steps we have taken include: 

– Screening residents and patients for symptoms – three times daily

– Actively screening and taking temperatures of all staff upon building entry 

– Requiring all staff to wear personal protective equipment  

– Visitation restrictions, except for exceptional circumstances, such as end-of-life situations   

– Cancellation of all outside medical appointments except for medically necessary, time-sensitive and life-saving treatments, such as dialysis and chemotherapy 

– To make things easier for families, we have implemented the ability for families and loved ones to perform video conferencing calls using Zoom technology 

– We notified patients, residents and families immediately, and update them via regular video conference calls

We have been fully transparent and forthcoming in sharing information with patients, residents and families. As previously noted, we update them with the latest information via regular video conference calls and we personally communicate with one representative per family. In addition, we are working closely with the Nevada Department of Health (DOH).   

At this time, The Heights of Summerlin has had 90 residents and 48 staff members test positive for COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by COVID-19, especially the families of the 18 residents that have passed away. Note, the majority of the 18 residents passed away at local hospitals over the last several weeks.  There is a delay in hospitals reporting that information back to the center. 

At this time, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our patients, residents and employees.  I can assure you that we are working around the clock, doing everything in our power – and everything medical experts know as of at this time – to protect and keep our patients, residents and employees as healthy and as safe as possible.  

Andrew Reese, administrator of The Heights of Summerlin

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reports COVID-19 cases and deaths on a dashboard. See the full interactive report below, and use the pop-up menu to view individual facilities.

The state-regulated facilities with the highest number of positive tests as of today:

133 — The Heights of Summerlin (Clark County) 76 residents, 57 staff, 24 resident deaths
90 — Lakeside Health & Wellness (Washoe County) 68 residents, 22 staff, 20 resident deaths, 1 staff death
81 — Silver Hills (Clark County) 48 residents, 33 staff, 5 resident deaths
75 — Horizon Health and Rehabilitation (Clark County) 38 residents, 37 staff, 7 total deaths
70 — Willow Springs (Washoe County) 41 residents, 29 staff, 1 staff death
60 — Premier Health and Rehab (Clark County) 32 residents, 28 staff, 3 total deaths
45 — College Park Rehabilitation Center (Clark County) 26 residents, 19 staff, 3 resident deaths
42 — Life Care Center of South Las Vegas (Clark County) 13 residents, 29 staff, 2 resident deaths
40 — Torrey Pines Rehabilitation Hospital (Clark County) 29 residents, 11 staff, no deaths
39 — Life Care Center of Las Vegas (Clark County) 32 residents, 7 staff, 1 resident death

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