NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT)- In a press release Sunday, the Village at Hamilton Pointe confirms one resident at the facility died from COVID-19 Saturday.
In total, Hamilton Pointe says six residents and six employees have tested positive for the virus. Of the six residents who have tested positive, five were immediately transferred to a “secured isolation unit” to prevent the spread of the virus.
All six employees who tested positive are isolating at home while the employees working in the isolation unit are working there on a permanent basis.
An Indiana State Department of Health employee is currently at the facility supporting action plans to prevent further spread of the virus.
The news comes after Warrick County Coroner Sarah Seaton confirmed the fatality to Eyewitness News earlier Sunday.
Village at Hamilton Pointe Press Release
During the entirety of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the dedicated health care professionals at Hamilton Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center have taken extraordinary measures to ensure the protection of all our residents and employees.
Our residents and community are our family. Even with the vigorous and compassionate efforts by our team of professionals, one (1) resident in our family succumbed to this virus on April 25th. Our Hamilton Pointe family is deeply saddened and devastated by this loss.
The well-being of our employees and residents has always been our highest priority and we have stepped our efforts up significantly during the pandemic and have implemented guidance from county, state, and federal health care authorities.
The infection control measures that have been put in place by our team to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 include and are not limited to the following:
All employees receive a health screen as well as have their temperatures taken each day before and after their shift ends.
Any staff member that shows signs and symptoms of the virus is immediately quarantined at home and testing is made available to determine a safe timeline to return to work.
Resident temperatures and respiratory status are monitored routinely.
Employees are required to utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to wearing face masks, gowns, and goggles.
All visitations have been restricted. Only essential health care workers are permitted to enter the facility.
An inventory of PPE is taken daily and sent to the Indiana State Department of Health.
We have ceased group activities and communal dining as directed by state and federal authorities.
Warrick leadership in the professional and medical community predicted a spread of COVID-19. Nursing homes are vulnerable and are at high risk for infection due to caring for residents with many underlying health conditions.
The virus also spreads between people who do not show symptoms so even when you do all infection control measures correctly, the virus can still spread indiscriminately.
In anticipation of this spread, Hamilton Pointe has increased COVID-19 testing across our resident and employee population. This increase in vigorous testing is a pro-active decision to respond early and attempt to isolate this vicious virus.
To date, six (6) of our residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Five (5) residents with a positive test were immediately transferred into our secured isolation unit in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into the general population. All positive cases were also reported to state and local health authorities.
Through the aggressive containment measures we have taken, it is our hope and prayer that our Hamilton Pointe family does not experience additional loss.
We are prepared to care for all our residents in this difficult time and we covet your prayers and ongoing support.
Hamilton Pointe has been in constant communication with state and county health departments and has been following their recommendations implicitly during this pandemic. In fact, a state department of health representative is in our facility daily supporting us in our action plans to isolate the spread of this virus.
We are thankful for the support from the state department of health. Our employees who work on the isolation unit will remain on that unit as a permanent assignment. The unit has a separate entrance to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Finally, our facility has everything in place to care for our staff at Hamilton Pointe. Our employee family is very special, and we continue to monitor their health and well-being. To date, six (6) of our employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
Those same employees have been quarantined at home. They are expected to return to work under the guidelines issued by the health department. Many employees who are being tested are asymptomatic at this time.
Any questions regarding the situation at Hamilton Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center should be directed to the Warrick County Health Department. You can also call our COVID-19 dedicated hotline at 1-888-852-7400, and press Option 2.
(This story was originally published on April 26, 2020)