With the continued increase of confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the nation, the state, and Logan County, it’s not surprising that Auburn Health Care has now, unfortunately, joined others with its first confirmed case this week.

Desirae Cocanougher, the facility administrator, released a statement earlier in the week to the nursing home’s families letting them know about the case and what is being done to help prevent others from getting the virus.

“We have received confirmation that a resident at Auburn Health Care has been diagnosed with COVID-19,” said Cocanougher. “Resident safety is our top priority. We are doing everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of COVID-19 within our facility, including staying in very close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps.”

The facility is not permitting visitors per the direction of the local health department.

Cocanougher reminded those who have a family at the facility, that measures have been taken to protect their loved ones in the following ways:

All staff members are wearing masks each shift and are screened for symptoms, including fevers prior to working.
Visitors have been restricted for weeks with exceptions only to end of life care.
All individuals are screened before entering in accordance with state and federal guidelines prior to entering patient care areas.
All residents are screened twice a day including vital signs and respiratory assessment by licensed staff.
Employees and contracted service providers have been limited to essential personnel only.
Activities have been limited to small groups that can adhere to social distancing guidance.
Public and patient care areas are regularly disinfected with approved EPA disinfectants.
“We encourage you to call our facility at 270-542-4111 for updates on the status of your loved one,” said Cocanougher. “We understand that you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we continue to restrict visitation to reduce the spread of the virus. We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.”

Cocanougher said the facility will contact the resident family if their loved one shows any symptoms of the virus.

According to the Barren River District Health Department, as of Thursday, May 21, Logan County has 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 19 recovered and three deaths. The Kentucky Long Term Care Update as of Wednesday, May 20 lists Creekwood Nursing & Rehab Center in Russellville having 52 confirmed resident cases of COVID-19, 15 confirmed employee cases, and five deaths.

Keep in mind, case numbers can change daily. The state numbers do not always match local numbers, because, although labs are required to report positive cases to both the state and local agencies, some report to the state first, while others report locally.