Two more COVID-19 Clusters Identified in Adult Care Homes
(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Sedgwick County has partnered with Cheney Golden Age Home and Sunflower Meadows to jointly provide an update on newly identified clusters.
Cheney Golden Age Home, 724 N. Main St., Cheney, KS
Seven cases (four staff, three residents) have been identified.
All residents have been tested, and staff are tested daily.
“The health and wellness of our residents and the caregiving teams who support them is our number one priority,” said Teresa Achilles, Administrator. “We are staying abreast of the latest information from KDHE, CMS, and CDC along with Sedgwick County public health officials. We are following all recommendations from them to ensure the elders living with us receive the very best care.”
Sunflower Meadows, 5502 Polo Drive, Wichita, KS
Nine cases (three staff, six residents) have been identified.
All residents have been tested, and staff are tested weekly.
“The health, safety and well-being of our residents and staff is always our top priority. As always, we are continuing to keep informed of best practices and information from KDHE, CMS and the SCHD requirements and recommended practices to date,” said Sonya Hamilton, Operator.
“Given their group nature and resident population of older adults served, often with underlying chronic medical conditions, nursing home populations are at high risk of being affected by respiratory pathogens like COVID-19,” said Adrienne Byrne, Sedgwick County Health Department Director. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for a strong infection prevention and control program, and we continue to work with long-term care facilities in insuring the safety of their residents.”
Sedgwick County investigates reports of notifiable diseases, like COVID-19. If a case is identified in an adult care home, Sedgwick County recommends that the facility isolate any symptomatic people away from other residents. Residents and staff are tested, either by the Health Department at no cost or through the facility. The facility monitors all residents and staff for symptoms. The Health Department works with the facility to ensure all close contacts are identified and are properly quarantined or isolated.