Residents of AdviniaCare who test positive will be separated from those who test negative, the company said, and will receive care from Partners HealthCare. Staff at the 142-bed facility will also be tested, the statement said..
“To say that we are surprised by the results would be an understatement,” said Chris Hannon, director of operations at Pointe Group Care, in the release. “Given our aggressiveness, this shows how insidious this virus is; we are fighting an invisible enemy. We make sure residents with the disease get the specialized care and support they need. “
Dr. Chuck Tsun-Zhi Pu, medical director of Partners Healthcare for Population Health, said the testing protocol had helped prevent the spread of the virus.
“This clearly shows the difficult clinical circumstances in which we all operate and the important role that testing plays in the fight against this pandemic,” he said in the statement.
Beaumont’s qualified rehabilitation and nursing home in Worcester announced on Tuesday that it would also postpone its plans to become a recovery center after one of its 147 residents tested positive for the virus.
The loss of the first two sites planned as recovery centers came just days after Governor Charlie Baker unveiled an ambitious plan to find 1,000 nursing home beds across the state that could be used to treat coronavirus patients in recovery.
Baker said at a press conference on Monday afternoon that the goal of the effort was “to make sure we have the right types of beds in the right places to serve people once the wave hits” .
Spokesmen for Baker and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday evening.
Massachusetts seniors’ care facilities have been at the center of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nursing homes, in particular, reported clusters of infections and several deaths Friday, state officials said 382 people living in long-term care facilities had a positive result.
Four groups that defend residents of nursing homes have opposed Baker’s plan, including the Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. Arlene Germain, the organization’s policy director, said the 51 cases at AdviniaCare show the dangers that older adults face.
“This age group is most at risk and they are already vulnerable – this is why they are in a nursing home. It will go like wildfire, “said Germain, adding later,” We are trying to keep them in place and have asked the state to look elsewhere for these 1,000 rooms. ”
Rob Weisman, Globe staff, contributed to this report. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JeremyCFox.
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