Brockton Health Center had its first positive case last week and eight residents have died in the past two weeks, said Executive Director Ken Ruthinoski.
BROCKTON — Eight residents at the Brockton Health Center nursing home have died and nearly 50 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus or are awaiting results.
Executive Director Ken Ruthinoski said Wednesday that the facility had its first positive COVID-19 case at the beginning of last week and that the deaths occurred in the past two weeks.
“We were able to keep it (the virus) at bay, but unfortunately when it did come, it came,” he said.
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The health center is being cautious with anyone who tests positive, Ruthinoski said.
The facility, which has 113 residents, is grouping people based on test results and whether they have shown symptoms, he said. Most of the rooms are shared by two or three people.
“We’re treating any symptoms as being positive,” Ruthinoski said.
Staff members wear masks, gowns and other protective gear when interacting with patients, he said.
About 15 staff members at Brockton Health Center have also tested positive for the coronavirus, Ruthinoski said. Brockton Health Center is following CDC guidelines about when those employees are able to return to work.
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The National Guard has provided the center with coronavirus test kits and health care staff are able to swab patients, he said.
With nursing homes closed to visitors, Brockton Health Center is having residents communicate with family members through video calls using iPads, Ruthinoski said.
The facility has been in contact with the families through messages and phone calls, he said.
Brockton Health Center isn’t the only local nursing home that has patients and staff affected by the coronavirus.
Alliance at West Acres and St. Joseph Manor in Brockton reported at least nine COVID-19 deaths and at least 40 active cases last week.
As of Wednesday, five residents of Life Care Center of Raynham have died, town officials announced, and 44 residents and eight staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Health officials from East Bridgewater reported last week that “a large number” of the town’s cases can be attributed to an outbreak at the Sachem Center for Health and Rehabilitation.
The Massachusetts National Guard was deployed to nursing homes around the state, including at Southeast Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Easton and Life Care Center of Raynham. It has also provided testing assistance at Alliance at West Acres and St. Joseph Manor.
As of Wednesday, 214 long-term care facilities in the state have had at least one positive case of COVID-19, according to the Department of Public Health.
Nearly 4,000 residents and health care workers at those facilities have tested positive for the virus, according to DPH, and there have been 444 deaths.
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