Deadly outbreak reported at Lincoln nursing home

Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 8:21 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Six residents at the Holmes Lake Rehabilitation & Care Center in Lincoln have died from complications related to COVID-19, according to the nursing home.

In a release, the center said it experienced an outbreak and also currently has one confirmed positive COVID-19 case among staff members.

“This virus is especially dangerous to the individuals we serve, and we are doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus within our facility,” it said in the release.

The Holmes Lake Rehabilitation & Care Center said it’s in contact with local and state health officials, and is taking all appropriate steps under the circumstances. It’s also working with UNMC to “further support our infection control and emergency preparedness efforts.”

According to the nursing home, the deaths occurred in October, and 31 residents have tested positive during the pandemic.

Currently, the facility is allowing compassionate care visits for residents, but visitors are screened and must follow protocols, a spokesperson said.

The facility tests residents once a week at the facility, and staff is tested twice a week.

Currently, there are 50 COVID-19 related deaths in Lancaster County, including five announced on Monday. That number has increased from 24 to 50 since October 1.

In Nebraska, there are 674 COVID-19 related deaths. That number has increased from 478 to 674 since October 1, averaging 5-to-6 per day.

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