LINTON — Of the 17 Greene County residents who had died from COVID-19 through May 14, all but two were residents of Glenburn Home, a long-term care facility in Linton.
And of the 154 positive coronavirus tests in the county of 32,006, almost half were residents at the nursing home.
The virus has affected staffing too, as nurses work to care for all of the people with the virus who are not sick enough for hospitalization.
On Tuesday, 76 of Glenburn’s 104 residents had the virus.
And 14 of the nursing home’s nearly 200 employees were home on quarantine, said Jean Johanningsmeier, Glenburn Home’s administrator of three years.
She said staffing has improved recently, though, because employees who tested positive weeks ago have returned to work from quarantines.
“We got everyone tested, got them isolated, and then we got quite a few of them back,” she said.
Some employees have claimed, on social media and in unsigned letters and emails, that personal protection equipment was slow in coming and not available for all the staff that needed it. Some supplied their own protective gear.
On Monday, Johanningsmeier and representatives from Greene County General Hospital reviewed the home's emergency plan, she said, to makes sure protocols are in place — and beds available — if more Glenburn Home residents needed to be hospitalized; four currently are.
“We have not had to go ahead and enforce that part of our emergency plan because our residents who are positive did not meet state criteria for being hospitalized,” Johanningsmeier said. “And our staffing level is good.”
She said that despite the grim numbers, the nursing home has had COVID-19 patients recover. She said the facility has been a battleground for the virus since the first positive test result on April 11.
“I feel we are on the final end of this. It has been a battle, and we all feel the effects of it.”
Every afternoon, she posts an update on the nursing home’s Facebook page. They track the recent and alarming increase in COVID-19 cases, and deaths, of Glenburn Home residents. The praying-hands emoji fills the comments.
During a time when some long-term-care facilities are keeping COVID-19 data private, Johanningsmeier puts it out daily. Even when it’s grim. “I would rather be open and up front, and get the information out there,” she said.