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Retirement home asks family members to think before visiting amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 7:15 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 20:15:46-04

WOODWAY, TX — As we continue to learn more about coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says older people appear to be most at risk of contracting the virus.

25 News spoke with officials at the Regent Care Center in Woodway to find out what staff is doing to prevent any exposure.

"Safety. Safety. Safety. We want to make sure everyone is safe. At this point in time, if you're feeling any of the symptoms, please stay home cause that's protecting everybody to include themselves," said Regent Care Center Director of Nursing Tami Russell.

Before entering the building, visitors will see signs asking if they have traveled or are feeling under the weather or know someone who's been sick.

Russell says she understands wanting to see your loved one at the nursing home, but if you're sick, the safest option would be do a video call.

"They know we're very proactive here. We're doing everything we can. We have an infection prevention list," said Regent Care Center Director of Nursing Tracy Thompson.

Russell says even staff is being monitored, and they're constantly cleaning the facility. Anyone who doesn't feel well is required to undergo an enhanced screening.

The center is also making sure they're in communication with health officials.

"Constantly. We are getting, everyday, emails from the CDC and the health department," said Thompson

"The health of our county is a collaborative effort," said Waco-Mclennan County Public Health District Director Dr. Brenda Gray.

Gray says based on the numbers by the CDC, people who are older are generally more susceptible to diseases.

"It's important to see their loved ones, but you have an option to call the facility to see what safety and protocols they have in place and follow those in addition to what CDC is recommending," said Dr. Gray.

Dr. Gray says to keep everyone in the nursing home safe, it'll take preventative measures inside and outside of the building.

"And so when we have collaboration, and early planning, and getting prepared for readiness, it just makes you more prepared when the crisis or emergency descends upon the city," said Dr. Gray.