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Bell County Public Health reports Temple nursing home COVID-19 cluster

Posted at 4:37 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 17:42:29-04

TEMPLE, TX — Bell County Public Health has announced a cluster of COVID-19 cases at a nursing home in Temple, and an additional death.

On Friday, May 29, the Bell County Public Health District was notified of a new positive case of COVID-19 at Weston Inn and Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Temple.

"Due to a prior positive case, on May 16, the facility conducted COVID-19 tests on all residents and staff," said Bell County Public Health District Director Amanda Robison-Chadwell. "At that time, all residents and staff tested negative, with the exception of the known positive."

The facility continued its monitoring and cleaning efforts, but the virus was unfortunately reintroduced into the facility leading to a cluster of new cases, the health district said.

Today, the facility began coordinating with Bell County and local healthcare partners to re-test residents and staff for COVID-19.

"As planning was underway to re-test at the facility an additional four residents were sent to the hospital and tested positive. One of the five positive residents has died bringing the Bell County COVID-19 death total to four," Robison-Chadwell said.

"Of the five cases, all individuals are high-risk due to age and health conditions. Testing is expected to be completed this weekend with results expected on Monday."