HENDERSON, Ky (WFIE) -Two more nursing home employees in western Kentucky have tested positive for COVID-19. With those two new cases, Henderson’s Redbanks facility now sits at five active cases which are all employees.
We spoke with Executive Director Shari Newton Tuesday afternoon. She says she was worried and almost heartbroken after learning that employees were testing positive. Leaders are continuing to try to protect those who live there.
”They’re worried some, but they do feel safe,” Newton shared. “I will tell you that. So many of them have expressed to me that they do feel safe here.”
Within the week, the number of COVID-19 positive employees at Henderson’s Redbanks nursing home continues to grow.
Newton says the two most recent cases came back on Monday.
Newton says four of the workers are non-direct care staff. The fifth is direct-care but has had minimum contact with residents.
We are told all residents were tested July 7, and no positive tests came back.
Newton added the facility is home to about 155 residents and employs roughly 265 people. Employees are tested bi-weekly.
Since learning of the positive cases, Newton says they have had to cut out in-person visitations but do allow video calls or windows visits. Some residents are now participating in activities, such as modified games of washers and pen pal writing.
”That brings a lot of smiles to their faces to know there is someone out in the community, or more than one person, really, that’s communicating with so many of them here,” Newton added.
Newton also says any new residents coming in are tested and quarantined.
To try to prevent further spread, the facility continues to screen staff, take daily temperatures, educate team members and are stepping up cleaning procedures.