Number of Grove Nursing Center COVID-19 cases exceeds 60
44 patients and 19 staff members test positive for the novel coronavirus
GROVE, Okla. – 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 44 residents and 19 staff, all at the Grove Nursing Center.
“In a closed facility, there’s not… it’s just like being on that aircraft carrier. There’s no place to go,” says Grove Nursing Center owner Larry Cain.
Cain says the facility had their first positive test come back from a private lab on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week (April 7th or 8th).
He says the Delaware County Health Department was immediately notified by that lab, and the facility has been in contact with the local and state health departments on what to do — following all of their guidelines.
“We did everything we could to possibly protect our residents and our employees,” says Cain. “With the residents being the first priority. We have complied with every guideline set forth by the state health department as well as the CDC. But like everyone is seeing with this virus, it is virtually impossible to know who has it when you don’t have the tests.”
Everyone at the facility has now been tested, says Cain, with two of those still pending as of Wednesday afternoon (April 15th).
According to the Delaware County Health Department, all of the staff that have the virus are in self-quarantine and the residents with the virus are under isolation at the facility.
The cause of the outbreak at the facility is unknown and is currently under investigation.
Cain says they are doing everything they can to take care of the residents while ensuring it doesn’t spread any further. That includes requiring staff use additional protective equipment, and further restricting who comes into the facility.
“We’re not accepting visitors, we’re very limited on vendors that come to the facility and we’re not accepting any new residents. The people [staff] that are there have done a remarkable job,” says Cain.
Something that Grove resident Bill Hardison says he’s been able to see when he visits his friend through one of the facility windows.
“When they come out of that room you can see them changing out masks, when they come into a room they’re changing their gloves. The facility is doing everything that I can see through the window that I would [want done] if my mother was there,” says Hardison.
Cain says one of the biggest hurdles they’ve had to get through is getting enough of that protective equipment.
“Not because we didn’t want to get it. We could not get it. Our supplier, Medline, had us on a limited amount… not just us but anyone that did business with them. Then we finally got… some additional equipment. And we’ve now obtained even more because the state representative, Mr. West, through his connections at the state health department, has been able to [help] us obtain more equipment,” says Cain.
But, he says they still need the community’s help because it’s gonna be tough keeping enough supplies.
“Each day and each time you visit a patient, you have to go through all the changes and get new equipment, and it diminishes quickly. So, it’s an ongoing problem,” says Cain.
The First Christian Church of Grove has started creating cloth masks to donate to the facility.
If you want to get involved, you can call the church at 918-786-2822, or contact Jeanie Valentine at 918-269-8039.
The Delaware County Health Department will offer a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19.
The site will be available on April 16-th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Grove Civic Center.
A physician’s order isn’t required, but a person must be 16 or older, and be experiencing a fever of 100.4, have a cough, shortness of breath, or have been in contact with someone that’s tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
You can track the number of cases in the state, and at nursing homes, on the Oklahoma Department of Health website, linked here: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/executive-order-reports