ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – According to the Ector County health department, there are 43 active COVID-19 cases among residents at Deerings Nursing Home in Odessa.
Christin Timmons, Chief Nursing Officer art Medical Center Hospital said they have been seeing many nursing home residents since this pandemic began.
“We have had a steady stream over the last several weeks of Deerings Nursing Home patients,” Timmons said. ” Even when we discharge some back to the nursing home, we get a couple in return, and couple of our deaths recently have been those residents from Deerings Nursing Home as well.
Timmons said when the pandemic began, MCH went out to local nursing homes to see how they planned to control the spread. But there is still a concern on how to maintain it.
“Here at the hospital we talk about what we can do to help the nursing homes be prepared and to isolate these patients appropriately.” Timmons said. “And to screen everyone that is caring for the residents, knowing that they are one of our most vulnerable populations.”
Currently no staff members at Deerings have COVID-19. Timmons said MCH has discharged 54 patients back to nursing homes so far, but they make sure it’s safe to do so.
“When we are discharging a patient, we are ensuring the patient has exactly what they need, that we’re not discharging them symptomatic.” Timmons said. “So we’re watching those things to make sure were doing our part to be safely discharging a patient back to a facility.”
But Timmons hopes all nursing homes are actually ensuring the safety of their residents.
” We don’t want to lose anymore lives than what we’ve already lost,” Timmons said. ” I would hope that the nursing home have a very solid plan.”
Big 2 News has reached out to Deerings Nursing Home to find out how they are trying to control the outbreak, but they have not responded.