City Confirms Six Additional Coronavirus Cases Associated with Lubbock Nursing Facility
Mar 27, 2020 @ 3:00pm
Release from the City of Lubbock:
City of Lubbock Confirms Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Local Nursing Home
The City of Lubbock has confirmed six additional cases of COVID-19 associated with Whisperwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, located at 5502 4th Street. The health department is also investigating three suspected cases and is waiting for test results. These cases were identified through the contact investigation and screening process that occurred over the last two days. Additional testing and screening will continue over the next few days.
The health department and state regulatory agencies have recommended control measures for the facility, to which it is compliant and working to implement all of the changes. Additional personal protective equipment was delivered to the facility on March 26. The City of Lubbock Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management are working to secure additional resources and staffing to support the facility and reduce further transmission.
The City of Lubbock Health Department confirmed Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that two employees of Whisperwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, located at 5502 4th Street, tested positive for Coronavirus. The facility was following the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines for nursing homes, and the employees were identified through the established screening process. The facility is fully cooperating with the City of Lubbock Health Department and state regulatory agencies as we all work together to maintain the health of this vulnerable population.
At this time, there are no additional Coronavirus cases connected to this facility. Over the next two days additional screening and testing will be provided to employees and residents. The goal is to identify all infected individuals so appropriate actions can be done including enhanced medical monitoring of residents.
It is important to note that the location of this case is being shared because the facility provides housing and care for senior citizens who are most vulnerable to the effects of this illness.
Again, the facility is cooperating fully with our recommendations.