Local care facility among four new COVID clusters


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By Travis Mounts, TSnews

GODDARD – A local care facility is among four adult care homes or independent living facilities with COVID-19 clusters.

Dove Estates-Memory Haven in Goddard was among the group identified in a joint announcement release by Sedgwick County and the facilities. The other locations are WellSprings Care Homes, Family Health and Rehab, and The Healthcare Resort of Wichita. The other three are located within Wichita.

According to the information released Wednesday, Dove Estates-Memory Care had nine positive cases. Eight of those are patients and the other is a staff member. All had “very mild” symptoms, according to the release, and no deaths have been reported. Retesting is planned for later this week.

No deaths were reported at the other locations. At WellSprigns Care Homes, there are six cases evenly split between residents and staff. Of five cases at Family Health and Rehab, four are staff members. The six cases as The Healthcare Resort of Wichita are among just staff members.

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A major cluster of cases struck Clearwater Nursing and Rehabilitation in the spring. A May 8 announcement from the facility, the county and the City of Clearwater noted a total of 61 cases of COVID-19, with 47 among residents and eight deaths. Nursing homes across the country were hit especially hard in the early stages of the pandemic..

Also Wednesday, the state of Kansas released its first list of active cluster locations. The list will be updated every Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

Sedgwick County clusters included 491 cases at the Sedgwick County Jail, as well as three long-term care facility cases in Wichita: Legacy on College Hill (40 cases), Sedgwick Plaza (5), and Wichita Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing (15).

The state did not list any active clusters in Sumner County.

KDHE guidelines consider an active cluster to be five or more cases at an educational institution or school, government agency, daycare, group living facility, healthcare or long-term care facility, or at gatherings or sports practices and games. Private events will not be named due to privacy concerns.

The list will include private businesses and meat-packing plants if there are 20 or more positive cases.

A cluster will typically be considered n longer active once 28 days have passed without any new cases.

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