Number of COVID-19 cases rises at Newburgh nursing home

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) – Cases of COVID-19 in a Newburgh nursing home have grown dramatically. Signature HealthCARE of Newburgh confirmed with us today nine people have tested positive.

Sources tell Eyewitness News there are actually ten cases at Signature HealthCARE, with one of those being an employee.

The first case of the virus was reported last Friday, seven more Monday, and a ninth case Tuesday.

The same sources tell Eyewitness News a resident has been hospitalized because of the virus and more tests are still pending.

Signature HealthCARE is based out of Louisville. We reached out to the main office for more information. Twice.

After a returned voicemail and another call, Ann Bowdan Wilder, the PR manager for the company said she’d answer our questions in an email. So we sent her a list. Wilder promised to send Eyewitness News the answers to our questions.

Sources tell us it’s hectic inside Signature HealthCARE, to say the least. Employees are quitting and scared to come to work. Residents are becoming depressed because they’re confined to their rooms.

Those sources say employees aren’t being protected. Some are being forced to wear the same facemask until it’s unusable.

On Friday, when the first case was announced, the COO for Signature HealthCARE said they were bringing in a new expert, a disease physician.

But sources say they haven’t seen anyone new.

Signature HealthCARE statement 4/7/2020

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