Long-term care facility officials respond after additional deaths

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WARRICK CO., Ind. (WEHT) – Additional deaths have been reported after a COVID-19 outbreak at a Warrick County assisted living facility.

Warrick County Coroner Sarah Seaton said Monday that an 82-year-old man and 82-year-old woman are the two latest deaths at the Village at Hamilton Pointe. The total number of deaths at that facility is now four. 

Eyewitness News reported the first death at Hamilton Pointe last week. The second death was reported on Wednesday.

Hamilton Pointe officials said they are working on doing everything possible to help save more lives.

“All the things that we have been doing up to the point of this virus coming into our facility were all the right things we were doing,” said Hamilton Pointe Vice President Cullen Gibson. “As soon as that visitor restriction came in, we put an invisible fence around our facility, where we did not want certain individuals breaching that front door.”

Gibson said a death of any resident is difficult – but he hopes certain measures are putting affected families at ease.

“We have Skype capabilities, (and) we have a robust electronic healthcare platform where families can look at their loved ones chart to see what’s going on with them that day,” Gibson said. “We do window visits, and yes it’s very scary for families and what we have done from day one is we have been transparent at this point on what’s going on inside the building. We don’t keep (that information) from families or our residents.”

Long-term care facility officials say more testing becoming available in Indiana will help tremendously.

“Where employees and healthcare workers can get their testing done more quickly, we can isolate the virus in the community and we do trace testing,” Gibson said. “I think that’s all good stuff that Governor Holcomb has put out there that really aids the nursing homes knowing where that virus is isolated too.”

Across Warrick County, more than a dozen deaths in nursing homes are blamed on COVID-19. Most of those cases are at Signature Healthcare – another long-term care facility in Newburgh.

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(This story was originally published on May 4, 2020)

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