COVID-19 kills more than two in nursing homes in Livonia

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LIVONIA, Michigan (WXYZ) – Wayne County nursing homes are under siege as the coronavirus targets their vulnerable populations.

The regency of Livonia has 26 positive cases of COVID-19. Among them, 15 residents died. SKLD Livonia, another retirement home, is said to have 20 cases, and 6 of these have resulted in death.

The family of Shirley Stevenson, 62, said they were informed on March 23 that her mother had been taken to the hospital. She was a resident of the Livonian regency.

“I got a call from a nurse,” said her son Glenn Bradford. ” [She said] she’s just watching, she’s fine and that’s it. Something did not seem right. “

Bradford said he received a call from a doctor on March 30 with devastating news that she had died.

“The doctor called me and I just knew how it sounded,” said Bradford. “I just dropped the phone and I broke down. “

Lorraine Smith’s family believes she was also a victim of the coronavirus. She moved to Regency in Livonia on March 20, her 80th birthday. Her family said on April 9 that she died.

In Wayne County, with the exception of the city of Detroit, 94 residents of nursing homes have been associated with COVID-19.

Regency at Livonia issued a statement:

We know that since the emergence of COVID-19 in the Detroit metropolitan area, including the community of Livonia, we have referred residents with and without COVID-19 symptoms to local hospitals for treatment. Based on information received from county health officials, it is reported that many former residents were subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, as well as deceased from COVID-19. We do not always have direct knowledge of the status of released residents, but we have no reason to doubt the accuracy of the information provided by the county health department. All our staff offer their sincere condolences and thoughts to the families and loved ones of the deceased residents of COVID-19 related illnesses. Our staff has worked tirelessly to care for and protect the residents of Regency in Livonia, and continues to do so.

Positive cases of COVID-19 occur in nursing homes on the Detroit metro with more frequency and increasing numbers despite all the precautions and advice that nursing home staff follow. Michigan has the third highest infection rate in the country, and Wayne County is clearly the epicenter of this designation.

To respond to this reality, we have worked on, and now have the capacity to treat a limited number of existing and / or admitted COVID-19 positive patients in an isolated and confined unit in accordance with the directives and directives of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC ). We also work and coordinate closely with the Wayne County Health Department to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our residents and staff.

The safety of residents is a top priority in our facilities. Our staff monitor changing conditions, including the presence of high temperatures and respiratory illnesses in our facility, every day on each shift. Staff are screened before and after each shift and we require that they stay at home if they are sick or have symptoms of the virus. The facility management also participates in regular calls with our government and health partners to receive and implement the latest updates and current information related to this issue.

We continue to follow the essential screening and monitoring of visitors and staff before entering our facilities, as well as the visitor restriction guidelines from CMS and CDC.

We thank our residents, staff and families for their support. Regency at Livonia is committed to providing high quality care and support to our residents and their families.

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