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In a press release issued Tuesday, officials say 36 Mitchell Manor in-house residents have tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 7th. 

Lawrence County has 55 total cases, as reported by the Indiana State Health Department early Wednesday morning. This is an increase of 11 since Tuesday’s report. 

HIPPA guidelines prevent the sharing of personal patient information, but the facility did share the following information:

  • All residents have been tested for COVID-19.
  • Thirty-six of the residents have tested positive at the facility.
  • Two of these residents have died.
  • Thirty-four residents remain in isolation at the facility and are under the care of the facility.
  • Twenty-one current residents have tested negative for COVID-19. Two resident tests are still pending.

Staff and officials are following the guidance of the medical director and local hospitals and will continue the care for these residents in-house unless a resident’s condition progresses to a level of care that requires a transfer to a hospital.

According to the April 3rd press release, five additional residents tested positive after transferring to local hospitals. Three of those residents have died. The other two are recovering at the hospital.

“We have been and will continue to follow all CMS, CDC and state and local health department guidelines concerning COVID-19. Our associates are being diligent on practicing proper hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment, which is recurring education they normally receive, beginning with their orientation at our facility,” said Mitchell Manor Executive Director Kathi Hignite-Owens.

“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 the building,” Owens added. “Anyone with a fever over 100.4 is sent home and asked to contact their personal physician.”

These guidelines also place restrictions on the entrance of visitors, family members, and vendors.

HIPPA guidelines prevent the sharing of personal patient information, but the facility did share the following information:

  • All residents have been tested for COVID-19.
  • Thirty-six of the residents have tested positive at the facility.
  • Two of these residents have died.
  • Thirty-four residents remain in isolation at the facility and are under the care of the facility.
  • Twenty-one current residents have tested negative for COVID-19. Two resident tests are still pending.

Staff and officials are following the guidance of the medical director and local hospitals and will continue the care for these residents in-house unless a resident’s condition progresses to a level of care that requires a transfer to a hospital.

According to the April 3rd press release, five additional residents tested positive after transferring to local hospitals. Three of those residents have died. The other two are recovering at the hospital.

“We have been and will continue to follow all CMS, CDC and state and local health department guidelines concerning COVID-19. Our associates are being diligent on practicing proper hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment, which is recurring education they normally receive, beginning with their orientation at our facility,” said Mitchell Manor Executive Director Kathi Hignite-Owens.

“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 the building,” Owens added. “Anyone with a fever over 100.4 is sent home and asked to contact their personal physician.”

These guidelines also place restrictions on the entrance of visitors, family members, and vendors. 

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of the patients who have passed away,”Hignite-Owens said. “The safety and well-being of our residents will remain our highest priority as we continue to work in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health and the local health department and follow the guidance they provide.”