EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials at an Evansville long-term care center have confirmed that they do have positive COVID-19 cases.
Officials at Pine Haven would not initially confirm the number of positive cases, and the numbers were not showing on the state database.
However, on Friday, officials told 14 News they have 21 residents and 10 staff members who tested positive.
Executive Director Janie Swedenburg sent a statement explaining why the numbers were not on the datebase:
“Pine Haven Health and Rehabilitation remains committed to our residents, families, staff and community through this worldwide pandemic. Pine Haven reports our positive case numbers and detail on a daily basis to our families, staff, and the Indiana State Department of Health. The Indiana State Department of Health developed a reporting system in March of 2020 for facilities to report their resident and staff COVID-19 cases. The database initially required facility demographics and historical data be submitted. There were several changes made in the initial stages of this system and the facility demographics and historical data were not entered in the correct place. We started reporting our first case of COVID-19 on July 24, 2020 and have reported all appropriate numbers and detail on a daily basis through the established RedCap system. The ISDH started getting my daily reports however they were not linked to our facility through the database due to the initial demographics back in March not being established within the correct database link. This technical issue has now been fixed and the numbers will most likely hit the database on August2, 2020 when the ISDH uploads. We report daily to our families, staff, ISDH and weekly to the CDC and Local Ombudsman.
Pine Haven currently has 21 resident cases of COVID-19 and 10 staff members. All residents and staff members are from the same unit. No staff or residents outside that unit have tested positive or are symptomatic. We are aware of how the virus entered the facility and all preventative measures over the last few days have been implemented to prevent the spread of the infection outside the quarantined unit and into the community. Our residents and staff members are doing well at this time and we are praying for a full recovery for every one affected by the virus. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”
They also tell us each staff member is screened on a daily basis.
All residents and employees have been tested.