1K COVID-19 cases: Nevada-regulated nursing homes account for 42% of deaths over the past week

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — With just over 1,000 positive tests for COVID-19, there were few surprises in the steady flow of bad news coming out of state-regulated nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and correctional facilities in Nevada.

But this past week had more than one alarming detail.

  • With 11 deaths — 10 residents and 1 staff member — these facilities accounted for about 42% of the 26 COVID-19 deaths in the state reported in the past week.
  • The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has added 12 facilities — 10 in Clark County — with positive tests over the past week.
  • One of those facilities, Arbors Memory Care in Sparks, first appeared on the list on May 13 with one positive test involving a resident. Less than a week later, three residents have died at the Arbors, and there have been total of 36 positive tests — 31 residents and 5 staffers.
  • A burst of new cases also came from the Torrey Pines Rehabilitation Hospital, where resident cases grew from eight to 22, and staff cases grew from three to nine over the past week. The hospital is near the intersection of Torrey Pines and Oakey Boulevard.
  • And a small facility called Sachele Residential Care, which appears to operate in a Las Vegas house, reported a death — the first report of a staff member to die in Southern Nevada. Two staffers have died at separate Washoe County homes.

See the DHHS dashboard for details below. Use the pop-up menu to select the facility you want to see.

The hardest hit of all state-regulated nursing homes, The Heights of Summerlin, reported two resident deaths, as well as new positive tests from eight residents and two staffers over the past week. The Heights has now reported a total of eight resident deaths, 76 resident positive tests, and 57 staff positive tests.

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

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