14 deaths associated with COVID-19 reported at Superior Rehabilitation Center

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 03, 2020 10:56 PM
Created: December 03, 2020 05:50 PM

The Superior Rehabilitation Center has been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Late Thursday afternoon, Douglas County Health Officer Kathy Ronchi told WDIO that there have been 14 deaths associated with COVID-19 at the facility, based on an updated review of death certificates.

"I always clarify, not every death was caused by COVID, particularly with hospice patients. But having COVID may have contributed to their death. All of the people who have been reviewed had multiple significant health problems at the time of death," Ronchi said.

Ronchi said there have been a total of 17 deaths associated with COVID-19 at three different long term care or assisted living facilities in Douglas County, including the 14 at Superior Rehabilitation. One other COVID-associated death in Douglas County occurred at a private residence.

Long-term care facilities have been hit hard by the health pandemic. Marc Halpert, the operating officer of Superior Rehabilitation's parent company, Monarch Healthcare Management, said this has been a challenging time for them.

"We had one case over eight months in Superior and then all of a sudden November happened and it just as they say, an outbreak happened," said Halpert.

Halpert said there have been 88 COVID-19 cases among residents at the Superior Rehabilitation Center. 61 have recovered.

"It is of course difficult any time a life is lost and we're super emotional about that. I was there Tuesday at the facility, there were lots of tears, lots of prayers and we need continued prayers for the remaining residents that still have covid that have not cleared yet," said Halpert.

Staff have also taken a hit there. 61 tested positive but 53 have recovered and are back at work.

"A lot of these residents and staff had no symptoms, they are asymptomatic and just tested positive," said Halpert.

Halpert said they stopped visitations on March 13 and have been following health protocols at the facility and wearing PPE.

"It has been a bit challenging for the last month or so but we have a great facility there and they've been doing an incredible job," said Halpert.

With ongoing talk about the COVID-19 vaccine coming out soon, they are hoping this will help in seeing case numbers go down.

"A vaccine would definitely be a priority. We've been asking we've been waiting patiently and we look forward to seeing when it actually comes out and how successful it is," said Halpert.

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