Two NWA nursing homes have residents test positive for COVID-19

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UPDATE 3:56 P.M: A spokesperson with the Arkansas Health Care Association has confirmed a second positive COVID-19 case at a Rogers long-term care facility.

Rogers Health & Rehab has a confirmed case and is currently testing the remaining employees and residents, with all returning negative thus far.

I have been in communication with leadership from two of our member facilities one in Huntsville, Meadowview Health and Rehab and one in Rogers, Rogers Health & Rehab. They have been in communication with the Arkansas Department of Health and followed guidance on testing, which includes prioritizing testing of all residents followed by employees. Both facilities are testing all residents. There has been one positive test of a resident at each location. 

Both facilities are also testing all employees. Right now, no employees have tested positive. 

Officials at the Arkansas Department of Health have communicated a consistent message during this time – prioritizing testing for those in long term care facilities when there is a staff member or resident affected. We applaud their prioritization of this vulnerable population and our workers, and agree that everyone in a facility should be tested during these times, even those who are asymptomatic.

I do ask that out of respect and privacy for our residents and staff that you do not attempt to call or go to the facilities. Thank you for understanding. 

Rachel Bunch, executive director, AHCA

HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A Huntsville nursing home resident has tested positive for COVID-19 according to Arkansas Health Care Association executive director Rachel Bunch.

The confirmed case comes out of Meadowview Healthcare and Rehab. Bunch says the facility is currently testing the remaining employees and staff and hopes the tests all return negative. At this time only one resident has tested positive.

I have been in communication with leadership from our member facility in Huntsville, Meadowview Health and Rehab. They have been in communication with the Arkansas Department of Health and followed guidance on testing, which includes prioritizing testing of all residents followed by employees. The facility has tested half the residents and is currently working on testing the others. There has been one positive test of a resident at this time. They are also testing employees.

Officials at the Arkansas Department of Health have communicated a consistent message during this time – prioritizing testing for those in long term care facilities when there is a staff member or resident affected. We applaud their prioritization of this vulnerable population and our workers, and agree that everyone in a facility should be tested during these times, even those who are asymptomatic.

In the meantime, we are anxiously awaiting the remaining test results in hopes that they are negative.

Rachel Bunch, Executive Director, Arkansas Health Care Association

This is a developing story, stay with KNWA for updates.

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