COVID-19 kills 2 nursing home residents during outbreak - FOX34 Lubbock

COVID-19 kills 2 nursing home residents during outbreak

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

"We extend our condolences to the family and friends of those that have succumbed to this virus," Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said during a virtual press conference, after the city announced a third COVID-19 related death.

In just the span of two days the case count doubled in the city.

Many of the latest cases determined to be related to an "on-going outbreak" at the Whisperwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

According to the city out of 108 confirmed cases, 48 are related to the center and 2 out of 3 deaths reported, are nursing home residents.

"We are continuing a very thorough investigation and cooperation with the Texas Health and Human Services, this is the lead state agency that license long term healthcare facilities," Health Department Director Katherine Wells said.

Families have not been able to visit their loved ones for weeks.

"I think he feels abandoned, because we can't go see him," Brandon Grace said describing his grandfather, who his family has not been able to visit in a few weeks.

"Somebody from our family used to go see him every day. Now, it's hard to even get him on the phone," Grace said.

His grandfather lives in the nearby complex, "The Plaza".

"We have also conducted tests at other nursing facilities in our city and those test results, so far, have been negative," Wells said.

Grace says his worst fear is, he won't be there, when he's needed most.

"It just makes us worried because we won't be able to see him if something does happen. And, you know, it terrifies me."

As a precaution, most nursing home employees have been restricted to working at only one location.

Wells says there is still some movement, due to lack of specialists.

But they are asked to wear more personal protective equipment, and do cleaning in-between visits.


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