Nursing home reports 8 coronavirus cases

Posted at 5:56 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 04:48:30-04

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — A nursing home is reporting that four residents and four staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The cases are at Hallmark Living Benton Harbor, according to the Berrien County Health Department.

Three of the residents who tested positive have died. The county said they were terminally ill prior to the COVID-19 diagnosis.

Residents "who have tested positive" are isolated in their rooms, and all group activities have been canceled.

Staff members with the virus are isolated at home and are "no longer having contact with any of the facility residents."

Hallmark Living has been "working closely" with the county to follow guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control.

The health department said it will "continue to monitor this group of positive cases," as well as provide personal protective equipment and infection control guidance to Hallmark Living.

“We have known that COVID-19 is present in our community, but this cluster of illnesses and loss of life at a facility serving some of our most vulnerable in our population is a sobering reminder that our community must continue to be vigilant with our actions to keep this virus from spreading," said Nicki Britten, health officer, Berrien County Health Department.

"In addition to continuing mitigation strategies in the community, our department will continue to address the needs of our vulnerable populations, including those who live in congregate settings like long-term care facilities.”