There are now 8 COVID-19 related deaths among residents at Broadmoor Medical Lodge in Rockwall, according to Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management.
To date, there are 60 COVID-19 cases in Broadmoor among 39 residents (15 recovered) and 21 staff (17 recovered). Broadmoor administration is conducting another round on all residents and staff. Broadmoor is working with the City of Rockwall Fire Department to help mitigate spread and RFD will conduct a site assessment this week.
You can read the statement from Broadmoor Medical Lodge below:
Following the guidance of the CDC and CMS, Broadmoor Medical Lodge began COVID-19 preparation/precautions in February. By March 11., the facility had moved to the limited visitation and essential worker monitoring/workflow suggested by the CDC/CMS. The facility has followed and adapted to the recommendations of the CDC and CMS. The facility has been and continues to be fully stocked with the PPE necessary to care for staff and residents in the building. Our Medical Director has also been intimately involved giving guidance and direction.
When Broadmoor Medical Lodge learned of the first case on April 17, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) were notified immediately. All listed responsible family members and reside. were notified that same day. All direct-care staff was provided with N9S respirators and residents were provided masks for use as well. In addition, at this time a separate hall/unit that has a separate entrance was set up to care for any residents testing positive for the disease. The residents living in this hall as well as the staff that care for them each day are isolatecl solely to that hall.
The facility has been in constant and daily communication with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC). HHSC has conducted an onsite visit of the facility. There has been daily communication with an epidemiologist that works for DSHS (epidemiology is the study and control of disease in the human population). This epidemiologist has spent considerable time monitoring Broadmoor’s facility processes, PPE supplies, infection control protocol, cleaning and disinfecting routines, and other tasks. The facility staff has been continuously re-trained on hand washing, infection control protocol, disinfecting processes, and other COVID-19 precautions. The feedback from HHSC and the epidemiologist with OSEIS have affirmed that the facility is following the guidance given for this pandemic.
A party company was brought in on 4/30 to clean and disinfect the entire facility down to every closet and drawer in every room using an EPA-approved chemical for disinfection of COVID-19. This was a not a requirement but the company felt it an important part of the fight against the virus.
Broadmoor Medical Lodge, in working with local authorities, identified the need for universal testing early on. Since the state was unable to provide full facility testing at the time, the facility found its own testing through a private lab and tested all staff and residents. The testing is continuing weekly while continuing to care for our residents. Their healthcare is of upmost importance to us and the reason that we are working so hard to prevent the spread and eradicate it from our building.
Broadmoor Medical Lodge remains committed to providing quality resident care in the midst of this pandemic.