A Cleveland County nursing dwelling mentioned it’s testing employees weekly for the coronavirus. This comes after state well being division numbers launched Tuesday confirmed 168 instances at White Oak Manor in King’s Mountain — greater than some other congregate residing setting in North Carolina.
Twenty facility residents have died due to the coronavirus and 110 residents examined optimistic, in accordance with North Carolina’s Division Well being and Human Companies, which releases a report on ongoing outbreaks in congregate residing settings every Tuesday and Friday.
Fifty-eight employees members are additionally included within the complete case depend.
Mary Whiteside’s mom, Patsy Whiteside, lives at White Oak Manor and examined optimistic for the coronavirus in early August. The 78-year-old has dementia. Mary Whiteside mentioned she was capable of go to together with her mom twice every day via a window within the nursing dwelling room the place she was remoted. She was apprehensive she would die.
“I’m considering, ‘What am I going to do with out my mom?’ It’s very very scary. It’s onerous as a result of you’ll be able to’t do something. All you are able to do is stand within the window and wave,” Whiteside mentioned.
Pasty Whiteside recovered after about three weeks in isolation, Mary Whiteside mentioned on Thursday. She mentioned she doesn’t fault the nursing dwelling for the outbreak.
“I blame individuals who aren’t sporting masks out on this planet,” Whiteside mentioned. “I blame these individuals who don’t get that you might have contact with a nurse when you’re out. And that nurse goes again and takes it to a nursing dwelling.”
White Oak Manor’s Operations Director, Greg Forsey, declined an interview on Thursday. He mentioned in an emailed assertion that the ability is working with the well being division to conduct common testing and “has initiated weekly worker testing by an outdoor firm.”
“Our deepest condolences exit to the households of our residents who misplaced their lives to COVID-19,” Forsey’s assertion learn. “We’re right here for you, and we’re preventing for your loved ones members.”
In August, NC DHHS issued an order requiring nursing properties to check employees biweekly. The division mentioned it might present CARES Act funding to pay for that testing.
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