Resident dies of COVID-19 at long-term care facility in West Lafayette

A resident at University Place in West Lafayette died yesterday from COVID-19, marking the sixth death from the virus at long-term care facilities in Tippecanoe County.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 3:23 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 6:27 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A resident at University Place in West Lafayette died Monday from COVID-19, marking the sixth death from the virus at local long-term care facilities.

University Place is one of two nursing homes in Tippecanoe County in the middle of an outbreak. The facility has documented 10 cases among residents and five among staff, says Executive Director Dave Kinder. 

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said in an email that another long-term care facility has an outbreak of less than five cases, but didn't specify which one.

Indiana's COVID-19 dashboard shows Creasy Springs Health Campus is the only other long-term care facility in Tippecanoe County reporting new cases as of Oct. 21. The campus has two new cases among residents and ten total cases among residents and employees, according to Trilogy Health Services COVID-19 website

Kinder said the outbreak at University Place began after a resident contracted the virus at a local hospital, then returned to the facility's health center. Kinder declined to specify which hospital.

He said the resident began showing symptoms on Oct. 11 and tested positive on Oct. 14.

"So far, we have been able to contain everything to our health center," Kinder said. "We've had no cases here in our assisted living or memory support areas, or our independent living."

As News 18 previously reported, Rosewalk Village was the site of an outbreak in June. Five residents died, while 55 residents and 13 staff tested positive for the virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard shows eight staff members at Westminster Village have tested positive for the virus. A spokesperson for Westminster Village said the facility's last positive test was reported on Sept. 23.

Signature Healthcare in Lafayette was also the site of a cluster in August. The facility so far has reported 12 cases among residents and six among staff, according to the dashboard.

A spokesperson for Signature Healthcare says the facility has one new positive case involving a resident and another new case involving a "stakeholder."

The dashboard shows seven other long-term facilities have reported less than five cases among staff. Another facility has reported less than five cases among residents and less than five among staff.

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