Sedgwick County health officials announced two new COVID clusters at adult care homes.
Seven cases were confirmed at the Cheney Golden Age Home. This involves four employees and three residents. All residents have since been tested for COVID, and staff are being tested daily.
“The health and wellness of our residents and the caregiving teams who support them is our number one priority,” said Teresa Achilles, Administrator. “We are staying abreast of the latest information from KDHE, CMS, and CDC along with Sedgwick County public health officials. We are following all recommendations from them to ensure the elders living with us receive the very best care.”
Nine cases have been confirmed at Sunflower Meadows, in Wichita. Three employees and six residents tested positive for COVID. All residents and staff are being tested weekly.
“The health, safety and well-being of our residents and staff is always our top priority. As always, we are continuing to keep informed of best practices and information from KDHE, CMS and the SCHD requirements and recommended practices to date,” said Sonya Hamilton, Operator.
“Given their group nature and resident population of older adults served, often with underlying chronic medical conditions, nursing home populations are at high risk of being affected by respiratory pathogens like COVID-19,” said Adrienne Byrne, Sedgwick County Health Department Director. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for a strong infection prevention and control program, and we continue to work with long-term care facilities in insuring the safety of their residents.”
According to the Kansas Health Department cluster summary, the only other active cluster at this time is Derby High School, with nine cases reported over the past two weeks.