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Fountain Circle has had 100 COVID cases

One hundred people at the Fountain Circle nursing home in Winchester, including residents and staff, have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a daily recording that families can listen to by calling 859-349-0518, there have been 73 residents who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, 31 of them in the past 14 days.

Six have died of conditions related to the disease.

Twenty-seven staff members have also tested positive, with six of those being in the last two weeks.

None of the new cases involving residents or staff had been in the past 24 hours as of Monday afternoon.

According to the nursing home, 34 of the 73 residents and 16 staff members have recovered.

The first COVID cases involving Fountain Circle residents and employees were reported May 18 by Signature HealthCARE, the parent company of Fountain Circle.

One family member of a Fountain Circle resident didn’t want to be named, but was concerned, saying that of about 140 residents of the nursing home, more than half have tested positive and five have died.

“I’ve never seen so many cases,” the relative said.

According to the Clark County Health Department, the large majority of the active virus cases it is working are Fountain Circle residents and staff.

In its daily report Monday, the local Health Department reported the death of a Fountain Circle resident, a 93-year-old woman. Three new positive cases also were reported, a 62-year-old man, a 63-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman.

Currently the department is working 55 active cases of a total of 131 positive cases in Clark County. Of those, 40 are residents of Fountain Circle, three are employees of the nursing home and 12 are community members.

Last week, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced a reopening timeline for nursing homes and other elder care facilities. Assisted living and personal care homes were allowed to begin limited visitation Monday, June 29, and skilled and long-term health care facilities like Fountain Circle can begin limited visitation July 15, but only if certain criteria are met.

In a press release Monday, Ann Bowdan Wilder, media, public relations and communications manager for Signature HealthCARE in Kentucky, is working on plan to reopen its nursing homes and long-term care centers under local, state and federal public health guidelines.

“One of those requirements, as supported by CMS, makes it clear, no facility can open to visitors unless that facility has been without any new resident or staff COVID-19 cases in the past 28 days,” she said.

Signature HealthCARE has 41 facilities in Kentucky.

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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