Family raises concern after mother in nursing home tests positive for COVID-19

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) — As the number of COVID-19 cases in Hopkins County continue to rise, family members are now expressing concerns over loved ones in nursing homes.

89-year-old Maime Wright has lived at the Ridgewood Terrace Nursing Home since last fall. Wright’s daughter, Paula Shockley of Evansville, reached out to Eyewitness News last week. She says her mother has serious dementia.

Shockley says Ridgewood Terrace contacted her brother last week requesting the family move her out of the nursing home this Monday. She says officials told the family Maime Wright did not have COVID-19. Shockley tells us there would be no way her family could move her out.

“My mom has serious dementia and she’s as far as I know at this point, bedridden. She needs care that there’s no way we could provide for her. My brother myself or my nephew, there’s no way we could do it,” said Shockley.

Shockley says her mom was tested Wednesday for COVID-19 and the family learned Thursday the test results cam back positive. Shockley says her mother was moved to another room before the test results came back. She says a resident also lives in that room. Shockley says she is concerned what could have happened now that she’s learned her mother has the virus.

“Well its sad for all of us of course that we can’t see her. You know you can only go on everybody else’s word. I think about what would have happened if we had taken her out of there Monday, how many of the other people would have been exposed. It’s a concern the family in the room of where she is now do they know their family member has now been exposed?” Shockley said.

Eyewitness News also reached out to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Hopkins County Health Department and the Office of Governor Andy Beshear but have not yet heard back from any of them.

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(This story was originally published on April 16, 2020)

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