Coronavirus dies at Avamere long-term care facility in Boise

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A resident of a Boise nursing home has died after being infected with the coronavirus, Central District Health said on Tuesday, and several other residents and staff are also infected.

Central district health spokeswoman Christine Myron said in a press release that the deceased woman was in her 60s with unspecified underlying health conditions. She resided at Avamere Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, 1001 S. Hilton St., a nursing home for the aged.

In the news release, Myron said 14 other residents and staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

“Avamere Transitional Care and Rehab of Boise follows CDC and CMS infection control guidelines and recommendations,” Avamere said in an email to Statesman on Saturday, responding to an investigation into cases at the facility. “We are also working with the Ministry of Health and Welfare to control the spread of this virus. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and our residents. “

Avamere reports on its website that it provides long and short term care.

“Many patient stays last less than three months and most often consist of elderly people who come directly from the hospital to recover from surgery or a serious illness,” the website says.

The facility is licensed for up to 111 patients, but state inspection records show that Avamere had 63 patients in May 2019 and 68 patients in May 2018.

The facility was cited for multiple deficiencies during its health and safety inspections, according to the federal clearinghouse for quality information for nursing homes, medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare. One of the shortcomings, during a November 2018 inspection, was that it failed to “provide and implement an infection prevention and control program.” That was fixed in January 2019, according to the website.

Thirty-three Idahoans died from COVID-19, according to state data. Nine of them were residents of Ada County. Nearly 1,500 people have been diagnosed with the disease across the state.

“Each individual that our community loses due to this virus is a reminder of the severity of this disease and the importance of everyone, especially those in good health, to do everything in their power to protect some of our most vulnerable residents, “said Russ. Duke, district director of Central District Health, in the press release.

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