Nursing home is assuming all 450 elderly residents have coronavirus

A nursing home is presuming all of their 450 elderly residents have coronavirus after at least five have died from Covid-19 at the facility.

Brighton Rehab in Beaver County, Pennsylvania has been told by state health officials to stop counting coronavirus case as dozens tested positive for the virus. Instead, the nursing home is now treating all of the residents and over 300 staff members as if they ‘may be positive,’ the nursing home said Monday.

As of Tuesday, at least 42 residents and ten staff members tested positive for Covid-19,

Brighton Rehab’s stopped reporting the daily increase in cases on Thursday – which was at about the same time a coronavirus case was discovered on a different floor from initial cases, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Last week, the nursing home announced that all of the coronavirus cases at the facility were ‘within the affected wing,’ but that appears to have since changed according to reports.

‘Thinking about the virus in this way allows us to be more protective of asymptomatic staff and residents,’ the nursing home said in a statement.

‘By presuming every staff member and resident may be positive and treating symptoms, not test results, we are doing what we believe every facility and every person in the nation should do.’

In a follow-up statement for clarification, the nursing home said: ‘We are not saying that every person in our facility — any more than every person on a cruise ship, who went to a certain party or who lives in New York City — is positive,’ according to Trib Live.

As the outbreak ravages the facility, family members have reportedly been forced to make heartbreaking decisions about their loved ones.

Keri Boyer and her family were faced with such a decision last week when they chose not to put her 73-year-old father, Earl Denbow, on a ventilator after he fell severely ill to the virus. Denbow died on Wednesday.

Boyer, who said she learned about her father’s positive test on March 27, told The Post-Gazette: ‘A ventilator wasn’t going to help my dad. He was either going to die alone in the nursing home or die alone in the hospital. I figured at least he knew the nurses at the nursing home and that would be better.’

Instead, a nurses gave her father comfort medication and held a phone to his ear so his daughter could say her final goodbye.

‘I still don’t know if it was the right decision, but it was the decision we made,’ she said.

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