Precautions, Current, and Forward Actions Discussed
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson Center, Genesis Healthcare facility in Brownsville announced yesterday that one of their residents had tested positive for COVID-19. The Edmonson Voice reached out to local Head Administrator Chris Swihart for further questions regarding this incident and about the facility's plan moving forward.
Mr. Swihart answered our questions earlier today through their corporate office.
We asked Swihart about the timeline in which Edmonson Center began implementing changes and asked him to describe the changes made.
"We have been so stringent on visitation restrictions and other precautions across all of our centers," he said. "Not only following recommended protocols and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), but also often getting out in front of them."
Some of the steps he provided were as follows:
"I can assure you that we are working around the clock to keep our patients and residents healthy and as safe as possible," he said. "We are doing everything in our power – and everything medical experts know as of at this time – to protect our patients, residents and employees."
Finally, Mr. Swihart discussed visitation protocol for the facility moving forward.
"For more than a month now, we have instituted visitation restrictions, except for exceptional circumstances such as end-of-life situations. To make things easier for families, we have implemented the ability for families and loved ones to perform video conferencing calls using Zoom technology. These restrictions will remain in place for the foreseeable future."
Yesterday's positive case at Edmonson Center brought the county total to 8 cases, 4 of which have been reported as recovered. There have been no deaths reported in Edmonson County as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.