Deaths at Anderson nursing home climb to 24

Twenty-four residents have died at an assisted living facility in Anderson, Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box announced Friday—up from 11 residents just four days ago.

Box, speaking at the state’s daily press conference, said 16 of the Bethany Pointe Health Campus residents who died tested positive for COVID-19. The other eight who died showed the same symptoms.

Box announced April 6 that 11 residents had died and more than 20 people at the facility had tested positive, including three employees.

The facility, 1707 Bethany Road, is owned by Louisville-based Trilogy Health Services.

Box said the state was continuing to expand health care strike teams to test and treat residents at senior living facilities throughout Indiana.

Another nursing home in Indiana that had a similar outbreak announced Friday that three more residents have died, bringing the total number of resident deaths to seven.

Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community in Franklin announced April 1 that an 87-year-old woman had died of the virus. Since then, four men and two more women have died. The victims all had underlying health problems and ranged in age from 76 to 94.

Twenty-six residents and 19 employees or contractors at the facility have tested positive for the virus.

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6 thoughts on “Deaths at Anderson nursing home climb to 24

  1. Can you please give us the names of other nursing homes in Indiana that have reported deaths? It seems like you continue to focus on one facility that has a stellar reputation when even your article indicates there are other facilities with deaths. This kind of reporting should be fair to all facilities. Thanks.

    1. Philip, we’re reported on those two facilities because the state and those homes have been forthcoming with information. To our knowledge, they have far more deaths and cases than any other facilities. In addition, both of them are in our Indianapolis-area coverage area.

    2. Yes it would make for better informed public to
      know the other facilities or at least the owning company of affected facilities which would reflect trend in unsafe preparations and practice by specific owning administrations

  2. I would be interested in knowing how these facilities monitor their employees for infectious illnesses in general. My personal experience with having a parent in an out-of-state assisted living facility is that some employees work on an as-needed basis at other facilities as well. That would certainly increase the risk of disease transmission between facilities. Additionally, employees at my mother’s place are not required to get flu shots even though they administer medications, perform vital signs, and assist with personal care. Certainly worthy of an investigation of standard practices.

  3. You should consider stating how many residents in total (not just affected) live in each facility so that percentages of infections can be calculated. Raw numbers can be misleading.

    1. Indeed. This knowledge gap- intentional or no, is at the head of the line in nearly everything I read about infections and mortality . Without data to compare , its all useless .

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