TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Nursing home deaths have doubled over the past month, with five deaths reported from Oct. 26 to as recently as Friday.
Overall, ten nursing home residents in Tippecanoe County have died from COVID-19, making up nearly a third of the county's 33 deaths.
Statewide, 3,030 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19, accounting for more than half of Indiana's 5,748 deaths.
Here's a list of notable outbreaks in long-term care facilities across Tippecanoe County:
- Rosewalk Village: 55 cases, five deaths (last case July 4).
- University Place: 19 cases, three deaths from Oct. 26 to Friday.
- Aster Place: Seven cases, two deaths on Nov. 17 and Nov. 20.
- Signature Healthcare: 15 cases (two on Nov. 11).
- Creasy Springs: 8 cases (one on Nov. 23).
- Westminster Village: 18 cases among staff, less than five among residents.
Tippecanoe County Health Department Administrator Khala Hochstedler says local nursing homes are doing the right things to mitigate the spread of the virus.
"Our long-term care facilities are doing what they should be doing and wearing the proper PPE, identifying it with us," she says. "They notify use every time they have a case and are always calling and asking for guidance."
Hochstedler says nursing homes are also testing staff every week. She says stopping the spread of the virus is difficult once it's inside long-term care facilities.
"When you think of who's at risk for COVID-19, from co-morbidities and age factors and all the risk factors that we have identified as we've learned more and more about COVID-19, unfortunately nursing homes are extremely high risk," she says.
The Indiana National Guard has been deployed to assist most of these facilities and will stay until at least Dec. 31. As News 18 previously reported, about 1,300 guard members have been deployed to 133 of the hardest hit facilities across Indiana.