45 residents test positive for COVID-19 at Kenosha nursing facility

Posted at 7:53 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 08:53:29-04

KENOSHA — 45 residents at a Kenosha skilled nursing facility have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Kenosha County Division of Health.

The cases are all at Kenosha Estates Living and Care Center, a facility that has already seen three deaths from the virus.

All 45 of the cases have emerged since mid-May with the deaths occurring on May 17, 27, and 29. Many of the affected residents are listed as having underlying medical conditions.

According to Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit, the cases have been isolated and everyone at the facility has been tested.

“This is undoubtedly very difficult for the residents and staff of Kenosha Estates and their families,” Freiheit said. “I credit the facility for doing the best it can to identify and isolate those who are carrying the virus.”

Kenosha Estates Administrator Samer Abadeer and Director of Nursing Kim Sullivan issued a statement regarding the situation. They said, "Despite taking every precaution and following all guidance set forth, COVID-19 is causing strain to skilled nursing facilities throughout the country. “The health and safety of our residents and staff is our solitary focus at this challenging time. We are doing everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our facility."

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