“It’s not safe there” – Outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported in Downriver nursing home

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RIVERVIEW, Mich. – The Rivergate Terrace Nursing Home in Riverview is a massive rehabilitation home that has become a COVID-19 hotspot.

Nursing home officials have confirmed that seven residents have died from the coronavirus, but management is accused of downplaying the actual number expected to be much higher.

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A former employee spoke to Local 4 after going out on Friday.

She said that she had abandoned COVID-19 and that it would be too dangerous to stay.

” No. It is not safe there, “she said. ” Who knows? I probably already have it. “

She said she couldn’t bear the grief and that the residents she loved and loved are dying.

“It’s horrible,” she said. “I just see what’s going on and how they’re going down. Just to see the residents every day, leave them one by one, go to the hospital, some die there. ”

Among staff and residents, 36 tested positive for coronavirus.

Insiders say 20 to 30 residents have died and elderly residents with major health issues are not officially counted as COVID-19 deaths because they have not been tested. They would have gotten sick and died before they could get tested.

The former employee and other staff expressed concern that the situation could worsen.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the nursing home is under investigation.

Nursing home statement

Here is a statement from Sujata Chaddha, Acting Executive Director of Riverview Terrace:

“Twenty-one residents of Rivergate Terrace tested positive for COVID-19 on April 9, along with 15 associates.

“HIPAA privacy rules prevent the sharing of personal patient information, but we may share the following details:

  • 22 residents of Rivergate Terrace were tested for COVID-19 after being transferred to local hospitals. 21 of these tests returned positive. One returned negative.
  • We received notification of the first positive test on March 25.
  • As we received notification of each positive test, any resident who was known to be in contact with the resident who tested positive was immediately isolated.
  • Three of the 21 residents tested positive have returned to our facility and are in the isolated custody of our facility associates. We follow the advice of our medical director and local hospitals and will continue to care for these residents internally, unless a resident’s condition reaches a level of care that requires transfer to hospital .
  • Seven of the residents who remained in hospital after a positive test died. The rest of the residents continue their recovery at the hospital.
  • A resident test is pending.
  • 17 associates were tested for COVID-19. 15 of these tests returned positive; the other two tests were negative. Associates who test positive recover at home and will not return to work until they have completed specific directions from the State Department of Health and the CDC regarding return to work after COVID-19.

“We have been and will continue to follow all guidelines from CMS, CDC and local and state health services regarding COVID-19. Our associates are diligent in practicing good hand hygiene and using personal protective equipment, which is a recurrent education that they normally receive. , starting with their orientation in our establishment. Each partner is also examined on arrival and departure, including checking the temperature, to ensure that no additional illness is brought into our building. to contact their personal physician.

“These guidelines also impose restrictions on the entry of visitors, family members and vendors. Signage with information on COVID-19 and details of these restrictions is posted on our doors. Our entrance is also equipped with an infection prevention station that includes personal protection supplies. .

“Our sincere condolences go out to the friends and relatives of the deceased patients. The safety and well-being of our residents will remain our top priority as we continue to partner and follow the advice they provide with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Wayne County Health Department. “

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