COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs nursing home has acknowledged a coronavirus outbreak at its facility that has left six residents dead.
Risen Son Christian Village told news organizations this week that six of its residents had died from COVID-19 since the facility reported its first case on June 26. Risen Son said 21 other residents and 13 employees also have been infected with the virus.
The facility said it has dedicated units for infection control and is not allowing infected employees to come back to work until they are cleared by the health department.
But one woman who learned Wednesday that her 96-year-old aunt died at Risen Son this week said facility officials had not been forthcoming with the families of residents about its outbreak until it was contacted by reporters earlier this week, Omaha, Nebraska, television station KETV reported.
Only after that contact did the facility start providing text message updates to families, Cindy Bussey said.
Bussey said she learned last week that her aunt, Katie Jacobs, had become infected and said her health deteriorated over the following days.
“I asked to come into the building because she looked like she was dying, and they said ‘no, I’m sorry, she’s stable,’” Bussey said. On Wednesday, the facility called to inform her that Jacobs had died.