At least 11 dead from COVID-19 at Aurora nursing home

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AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — At least 11 people at Cherry Creek Nursing Center in Aurora have died from COVID-19, the facility confirmed Friday afternoon.

The facility has had 19 residents die recently, but only 11 are confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The nursing home houses 159 people.

“The Center is collaborating closely with the Tri-County Health Department in order to protect our residents, and staff are minimizing social contact, social distancing, ending communal dining and group activities and promoting handwashing.  The facility’s leadership has conducted two virtual tours of the facility with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  The staff will continue their tireless work within the Center on behalf of the residents, even in the face of this pandemic,” the facility said in a statement.

The nursing home is located just west of the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and South Chambers Road.

The growing death toll at the facility has residents and staff concerned.

“I don’t know what’s going on, what’s happening. I just hope they’ve contained it, that they’ve isolated the people who are positive with it,” said Kim Cress, whose 89-year-old mother lives at Cherry Creek Nursing Center.

FOX31 also spoke with an employee who wanted to remain anonymous. However, she says many employees are afraid to come to work right now, even though they know that will impact residents.

“The concern is more for the residents because as care providers, if we’re not there, they’re the ones who suffer and that’s where their health deteriorates even further,” she said.

Coronavirus outbreaks have been reported at a number of long-term care facilities throughout Colorado. A Greeley facility has reported at least 14 deaths.

Joe Gimenez, a spokesman for the Cherry Creek Nursing Center, sent the following statement about the deaths:

“Obviously this is a tragic time for our country and the world. We wish to express our most heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones. We also cannot adequately express our admiration for those on the front lines of care.

Yes, as stated, there are 19 deaths, but only 11 have been confirmed as COVID-19 positive.

To put that in context, the Cherry Creek Nursing Center currently has 159 residents. CCNC is one of the largest facilities in the state.

We have been so grateful for the sacrifices that all our Cherry Creek staff have made to care for this vulnerable group of patients. They are heroes and deserve our praise.

The Center is collaborating closely with the Tri-County Health Department in order to protect our residents, and staff are minimizing social contact, social distancing, ending communal dining and group activities and promoting handwashing.  The facility’s leadership has conducted two virtual tours of the facility with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  The staff will continue their tireless work within the Center on behalf of the residents, even in the face of this pandemic.

Here are some activities of note:

  • We aim to update the families of our residents at least every other day.
  • We are maintaining regular contact with employees who are taking precautions by staying home.

In general, Cherry Creek Nursing Center is carefully monitoring residents showing even the mildest possible symptom; closed to visitors, including family members; and, contacting all residents’ families, explaining the situation and providing them options for contacting their loved ones.”

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