Louisville Senior Living Community Experiences COVID-19 Outbreak

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - More than two dozen people have become infected with the coronavirus at a Louisville senior living community, and five of them have died.

Treyton Oak Towers has transferred all residents who have tested positive to a local hospital.

To date, there have been 29 cases of COVID-19, 21 residents and eight staff members.

Here is the press release from Treyton Oak Towers:

LOUISVILLE (April 9, 2020)-- To protect the health and safety of our residents, Treyton Oak Towers today transferred 17 residents with COVID-19 symptoms from our skilled nursing floor to Norton Hospital Downtown. All but one has tested positive for the virus.

Treyton Oak Towers, a leading retirement community in Louisville, made the decision last night to transfer all residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive after consulting with leading Commonwealth of Kentucky health officials, said Administrator Mike Wideman. The decision was driven by the tremendous impact of COVID-19 on the dedicated team of skilled health providers who care for our residents.

More than 10 employees have either tested positive for the virus or have COVID-19 symptoms and cannot report to work. In addition, several other employees have been sidelined either because of the need to care for children or other family members, or because they have health conditions that place them at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

“We are extremely proud of our dedicated team who are working on the front line of this global pandemic,” Wideman said. “They are truly saving lives.”

“We also appreciate the outpouring of support, particularly from our residents and their families, during this challenging time.”

The Treyton Oak team is working diligently to add more staff to continue to meet our residents’ needs, and we are accepting employment applications for certified nursing assistants, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.

Starting March 9, Treyton Oak Towers has followed the continuing guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky to protect residents and staff. This includes access restrictions, increased disinfecting, protective equipment, daily temperature checks and other recommended precautions.

To date, five residents of Treyton Oak Towers have died as a result of COVID-19; all were residents on the skilled living floor. Treyton Oak Towers has about 170 residents in three care segments – skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living.

“Treyton Oak Towers appreciates the assistance of Louisville Metro Emergency Service and Louisville Metro Police Department and the partnership of Gov. Andy Beshear, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Norton Hospital in the transfer and care of our residents,” Wideman said.

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