Public health officials have identified a new, deadly outbreak of coronavirus at a local nursing home.
The Wichita Center’s COVID-19 cluster at the adult care home has left 12 people infected, the long-term care facility and the Sedgwick County Department of Health released in a joint statement Wednesday. 12 cases include nine residents and three employees. One of the residents died.
Facility at 7101 E. 21 St.
“The Wichita Center has been fully equipped with PPE since the beginning of March, according to the guidelines of the Kansas Department of Health and the CDC,” said Jeff Jacomowitz, a spokesman for the Wichita Center.
“Although we have now seen a group of COVID-19 positive and sadly one death at the Center, the whole facility screening is continuing. Careful door-to-door inspections continue, and if there are signs of fever plus any visual abnormalities, staff will be sent home and isolated for 14 days. The health and safety of residents and employees is our number one priority. “
The Wichita Center has an overall one-star rating (out of five) on the Medicare.gov Family Home Comparison website, which is below average.
This facility has been found to have communicable disease prevention and control problems during its most recent three annual checkups, including issues of hand hygiene, proper disinfection and respiratory care. steamed. It has 11 health citations at its last check-up in October 2019.
Sedgwick County Health Manager Adrienne Byrne said in a statement that “COVID-19 is especially dangerous to the elderly. The health department is working with nursing home staff to stop the further spread of disease in the facility.
This is the 16th coronavirus cluster in the Sedgwick County nursing home since the beginning of the pandemic.
It marks the second time in a week that a COVID cluster has been announced in the northeastern vicinity of Wichita.
On Thursday, an outbreak was identified at the Legacy on College Hill facility, also on Route 21 about one mile west of the Wichita Center.
That cluster affects six residents and two employees. No deaths have been initially reported.
Contribution: Chance Swaim of The Eagle.