Columbia nursing home is latest Ky. hotspot for the coronavirus, making Adair County the latest hotspot for public concern
Signature HealthCare at Summit Manor, in Columbia, has 71 residents and about as many staffers.
A nursing home in Columbia is the latest hotspot for covid-19 among long-term-care facilities in Kentucky, making Adair County a hotspot of public concern.
At Summit Manor, 29 residents and four employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, said the Lake Cumberland District Health Department. There could be more . . . because not all tests results were available Friday morning, department Director Shawn Crabtree said.
“Crabtree had announced six cases among residents Thursday, but the facility received additional test results later that day,” Bill Estep reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. “One woman from the nursing home died last week as a result of the disease, and several have been hospitalized.”
As Adair County’s only nursing home, “Many people in the community have ties to the facility through people staying there or working there,” Estep notes. “Mike Keltner, the county emergency manager, said his grandmother is in the facility.”
“It makes it rough,” Keltner said at a morning news conference with Crabtree and County Judge-Executive Gale Cowan.
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When the test results came back, Estep reports, “Local, district and state health officials held a conference call with Summit Manor and Signature HealthCare officials to work out a response and make sure the facility would have enough staff to care for residents, Crabtree said.” The Community Voice reports him saying that one patient was sent to a hospital.
Estep reports, “He said other long-term care facilities need to consider issues such as setting up dedicated coronavirus areas and making sure they have room for people coming back from hospitals,” and it’s critical to prepare.
“By the time somebody tests positive,” Crabtree said, “you may already be in the middle of a very difficult situation.”