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A patient from Mitchell Manor has tested positive for COVID-19 while at a local hospital, with two former patients also having tested positive.

HIPAA privacy guidelines prevent the sharing of personal patient information.

Officials shared the following information:

  • On Friday, March 27, a patient was transferred to IU Bedford Hospital with symptoms of respiratory distress. This patient was tested at the hospital and received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This patient is still hospitalized.
  • Officials immediately isolated any patient who had known contact with the patient.
  • Officials also recently received notification that two discharged patients who were patients at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Both of these patients were already discharged to different care settings prior to testing or diagnosis.

Kathi Hignite-Owens, Executive Director of Mitchell Manor, released this statement this afternoon.

“Prior to this incident and continuing now, we have been following all CMS, CDC and state and local health department guidelines concerning COVID-19. Our associates are being diligent on practicing proper hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment, which is recurring education they normally receive, beginning with their orientation at our facility. Every associate is also screened when they arrive for work and when they leave, including checking temperature, to ensure no additional sickness is brought into our building. If they have a fever over 100.4, we send them home and ask them to contact their personal physician.

These guidelines also place restrictions on the entrance of visitors, family members, and vendors. We posted signage on our doors with information on COVID-19. We placed an infection prevention station at the entrance with personal protection supplies.

We continue to work in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health and the local health department and follow the guidance they provide.”