Darren Doyle, story:
Genesis Healthcare, Edmonson Center in Brownsville has confirmed one positive case of COVID-19 in a written statement to the Edmonson Voice. The confirmed case is a resident of the facility.
It is currently the 8th confirmed case of the virus in Edmonson County, according to the Barren River District Health Department. Four of those cases have been confirmed recovered and there have been no deaths reported in the county from COVID-19.
In a statement, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Feifer said that Genesis Healthcare has been stringent on visitation restrictions and has taken other precautions.
"As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began providing protocols and guidelines for the coronavirus, Edmonson Center has diligently followed them and in many cases, has gotten out in front of public health guidelines, adopting even more stringent infection precautions than were recommended at the time," he said. "We also continue to follow to the letter the direction of the Kentucky Department of Health in an effort to contain and minimize the spread of the virus. To date, the total number of positive cases at Edmonson Center is one positive resident."
The facility has had a no-visitor policy for over a month, according to one employee, and even vendors and other business-related contact has been limited.
"I can assure you that we are working round the clock to keep our patients and residents healthy and as safe as possible," said Dr. Feifer. "We are doing everything in our power – and everything medical experts know as of at this time – to protect our patients, residents and employees."
There have been a total of 248 total COVID-19 cases confirmed in the BRDHD area, 58 of which have recovered. There have been 5 deaths reported from the virus in this area.