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State officials now investigating both facilities where a COVID-19 positive healthcare provider was working

Corpus Christi – A healthcare provider who worked at two different nursing facilities in Corpus Christi is now being quarantined following a positive test result for COVID-19. According to a news release from the city, the provider had traveled outside of the country and voluntarily self-quarantined for the prescribed 14-day period and tested positive for COVID-19 while they was asymptomatic.

While local health officials are looking into contact tracing and workplace interactions, state officials said that they are also conducting their own investigation into the matter.

After inquiries on Wednesday from the Southside Light, officials at the Department of State Health Services, who seemed to know little about the situation when we initially spoke with them, confirmed later in the day that they were conducting their own investigation.

The healthcare provider operates out of the Brookdale Trinity towers downtown and at the San Rafael nursing and Rehabilitation Facility off Kostoryz and is reportedly the only person from either facility to test positive for COVID-19 at this point.

“We are currently investigating at both facilities to assess compliance with all relevant health and safety rules,” said DSHS Spokesperson Danielle Pestrikoff. “Details and results of our investigation will be released upon completion.”

That investigation could take a few days to a few weeks.

“These situations can be really frustrating,” says Makayla Hall, a nursing manager for Methodist Health Systems said on Wednesday. “From the outside looking in, you would hope that all of the safety protocols were followed but you just never know.”

Hall says that it should be noted just how serious of a situation this is and that one of the earliest nursing home facilities to have a mass patient incident experienced high numbers of asymptomatic patients prior to full extent of the situation being realized.

“The official report from a nursing facility in Washington shows that 27% of those who tested positive were asymptomatic at the time of testing,” Hall says. “Transmission from asymptomatic people is a real concern and a major contributing factor into extensive spread of the virus. That is why it can go from 0-100 really quickly and the state is certainly right to investigate this to the fullest.”

We reached out to the Executive Director’s at both local facilities who did not return our call on Wednesday.


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