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The long-term care facilities in Nebraska that have reported COVID-19

Nebraska, unlike other states, isn't reporting a list of facilities, only aggregate information.
Elkhorn Life Care Center
Posted at 5:57 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 13:22:18-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — This list is incomplete! Help us with our reporting by emailing us at investigate@3newsnow.com with information you have, or long-term care facilities you think we should check with.

Dr. Gary Anthone, Nebraska's director of public health, said Thursday there are 107 facilities that have or had the cases of the coronavirus in a resident or staff member. In all, 478 residents and 356 staff have tested positive, he said. There have been 87 validated deaths, around 55 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska.

Facilities with known COVID-19 deaths

Westfield Quality Care, Aurora. Thirteen residents have died among 33 residents that tested positive, according to the Central District Health Department. The department listed this 64-bed facility in an April 16 press release as having reported a case of COVID-19. Westfield Quality Care hasn't responded to several requests for more information made over the last two weeks. [Updated Thursday]

Life Care Center of Elkhorn. There have been ten COVID-19 related deaths at the 135-bed facility. In all, 69 residents (one more than Tuesday) and 30 staff members tested positive. Six positive residents are hospitalized, while 55 are being cared for at LCC Elkhorn. Five residents that remain in the building have not tested positive. The first positive test result came on April 27. Residents were first notified of the first positive test on April 28, according to a spokesperson. All residents were tested May 11. The Nebraska Department of Heath and Human Services inspected the facility and did not cite the facility for COVID-19 or infection-related issues. [Updated Monday]

Douglas County Health Center, Omaha. Six residents of the 254-bed center passed away due to the novel coronavirus, but the facility now has no active positive cases, a spokesperson said May 17. Twenty-three residents and 14 employees tested positive at one point. Three residents remain hospitalized. Twelve of the employees have recovered and are back to work.

Callaway Good Life Center, Callaway. Four residents passed away due to COVID-19 in the 35-bed facility in the small central Nebraska town, but the facility no longer has active cases, an administrator said May 19. In all, 12 residents and four employees tested positive.

Heritage at Sagewood, Grand Island. Three residents of the facility passed away, a spokesperson said May 15. In total, 16 residents and 7 employees tested positive. Eight of the residents were hospitalized.

Good Samaritan Society-Millard, Omaha. Three died among 15 residents who tested positive, as of May 14, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Carter Place, Blair. There was at least one death of a Carter Place resident. Darrell Dibben, a former Dana College professor, died at the age of 90 after catching COVID-19 at the facility. A spokesperson for the facility's owner, Enlivant, said Monday that the facility now has no active cases of the coronavirus, but chose not to update 3 News Now on the number of residents who died of the virus, instead deferring to local health officials. Most recently, 3 News Now reported that 13 of the 23 residents tested positive. At least six employees tested positive. The Three Rivers Public Health Department declined to provide an update on the facility. "I have no information to give you regarding this," Three Rivers Public Health Director Terra Uhing said in an email on May 20.

An employee of Carter Place said that "absolute blatant neglect" led to the spread of the virus at the facility.

Nye Square, Fremont. Recently, one resident died at a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. One staff member tested positive. All residents and employees have tested negative since then, Nye Health Services' CEO said. [Added May 20]

Gold Crest Retirement Center, Adams. At least one person died at the facility, according to 3 News Now's news partners at The Omaha World-Herald. The facility's director was brief in his response to 3 News Now Investigators on May 14, choosing not to provide an update on the number of residents who died. "25 cases 22 recovered," he wrote.

Maple Crest Health Center, Omaha. At least one resident has died and 33 residents have tested positive, 26 of which are still at the facility, isolated from 105 other residents at the facility, according to a spokesperson.

Other facilities with known COVID-19 cases in residents at any point

There are 29 facilities in Nebraska with cases in residents and employees, and seven homes with only residents who have tested positive, Ricketts said at his May 19 press conference.

Hillcrest Millard, Omaha. Eight residents have tested positive for COVID-19, two of them are hospitalized. Six employees of the facility also tested positive. A spokesperson said all are doing well. [Added May 21]

Hillcrest Nursing Home, McCook. One resident was hospitalized and tested positive in late April and has recovered. The facility has tested "a majority" of residents and staff, and all other tests have returned negative, the facility administrator said. [Added May 20]

Brookefield Park, St. Paul. Five residents in the 70-bed facility tested positive, a Vetter Senior Living spokesperson said May 18, along with two employees. The residents were removed "within hours," the spokesperson said.

Papillion Manor. A case was identified in a resident in late March, but no cases in employees or residents have been found since, the Vetter spokesperson said.

Central Nebraska Veterans Home, Kearney. Four residents and seven employees of the facility of 175 have tested positive, a spokesperson said May 14. All eleven have recovered.

CountryHouse Lincoln. One resident, hospitalized as of May 13, has tested positive, a spokesperson said.

House of Hope Alzheimer's Care, Omaha. The facility did at one point have coronavirus cases, a spokesperson said May 19, but the building now has no active cases of COVID-19. "Out of respect to our residents’ privacy and HIPPA laws, we do not feel comfortable discussing the health of any of our residents or staff," a spokesperson said in an email.

Facilities with cases in only employees

Ricketts said May 19 there are 53 facilities that have reported cases in staff members, but not residents.

Brookstone Acres, Columbus. Two employees tested positive, a spokesperson said May 18.

David Place, David City. One employee tested positive, a spokesperson said May 18.

Heritage Estates, Gering. Two employees tested positive, a spokesperson said May 18.

CountryHouse Grand Island. Four employees had tested positive, a spokesperson said May 13.

Tiffany Square, Grand Island. One employee had tested positive, a spokesperson said May 18.

Azria Health Broadwell, Grand Island. In April, Azria Health Broadwell was listed in a Central Nebraska Health District press release as having reported a case in a resident or employee. Azria Health told 3 News Now that two of their staff members across their nine Nebraska facilities have tested positive, but chose not to disclose where.

Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home, Bellevue. One employee, who recovered, tested positive, as of May 14.

Western Nebraska Vererans' Home, Scottsbluff. One employee, who recovered, tested positive, as of May 14.

The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens, Fremont. One employee tested positive, a spokesperson said May 14.

The Heritage at Sterling Ridge, Omaha. One employee tested positive, a spokesperson said May 14.

Brookestone Meadows, Elkhorn. Three staff members tested positive, a spokesperson said May 18.

Two Hillcrest Health Services facilities. Two staff members at two Hillcrest Health Services locations other than Hillcrest Millard (listed above) have tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson said no residents at the facilities have tested positive. [Added May 20]

Gateway Vista, Lincoln. About three weeks ago, one staff member tested positive, Nye Health Services' CEO said. At the time, they were unable to provide bulk testing for all residents and staff. [Added May 20]

Nye Point, Fremont. One employee tested positive, but no other staff or residents have tested positive since then, Nye Health Service's CEO said. [Added May 20]

Facilities that refused to comment

Ridgecrest Rehabilitation Center, Omaha. On May 29, a Ridgecrest representative told 3 News Now they have "no comment" on whether the facility has had any coronavirus cases in a resident or employee. A tipster told 3 News Now that the facility has reported a case in a resident.

All facilities in Nebraska owned by these companies, that are not listed above, have never had a known case of the coronavirus in a resident or employee, according to their respective spokespeople: Enlivant (as of May 18), Heritage Communities (as of May 14), Vetter Senior Living (as of May 18).

Additionally, Emerald Nursing & Rehab Omaha (as of Wednesday), River City Nursing in Omaha (as of May 15) and The Norfolk Veterans' Home (as of May 14) have never had a known COVID-19 case, according to spokespeople.