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'We were really expecting the worst': Blair's Carter Place reopens as some residents beat COVID-19

All remaining residents left more than two weeks ago after an outbreak
Posted at 7:29 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 20:29:40-04

BLAIR, Neb. (KMTV) — Seven seniors are returning home to Carter Place in Blair.

Additional residents will return tomorrow, said a spokesperson for the company's corporate owner, Enlivant.

Six of them were set to be released from CHI Midlands on Wednesday. Those six had once tested positive for the coronavirus, CHI spokesperson Kathy Niver told 3 News Now. Four were released while 3 News Now was there Wednesday afternoon.

"It was quite comfortable," Dona Neary told 3 News Now as she left the hospital.

All residents were moved out of the facility to prevent further spread on March 29. Thirteen of the 23 residents tested positive. One died of COVID-19 on Sunday.

"To be honest with you, I was shocked," said Dani Burr, director of impatient care at CHI Midland said. "When you hear an older population that might be sick, we were really kind of expecting the worst to be honest with you. These patients came in in good condition. Really, to be honest with you, the care was minimal."

Carter Place has been working with the Three Rivers Health Department to ensure a safe return, Enlivant's spokesperson said. She said the state health department and the Infection Control and Assessment and Promotion Program approved the return of residents.

Staff have received continued training, the Enlivant spokesperson said.

One staff member reached out to 3 News Now Investigators about the outbreak there. She said the facility didn't take necessary precautions to prevent spread of the virus. The Blair Police Department is investigating the facility's compliance with directed health measures.