2 nursing homes face COVID-19 outbreaks

By Melody Vallieu

Miami Valley Today

MIAMI COUNTY — Piqua Manor and Stillwater Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Covington have both experienced recent COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Piqua City Health Department confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak within Piqua Manor on Friday.

The Piqua Health Department has been notified of 16 positive COVID-19 cases within the facility, according to a release from city of Piqua Public Relations/Special Events Coordinator Brittany Van Horn.

Of those cases, 12 are residents and four are staff members. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths reported with this outbreak.

These additional cases bring Piqua’s case count to more than 200 cases with one death, which are also included in the county’s totals.

The Piqua Health Department is working with Miami County Public Health in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Contact tracing is being conducted and those who are identified as close contacts to positive cases will be quarantined. The facility is following proper COVID-19 guidelines, including isolating positive cases to prevent further spread, the release said.

“The facility is doing everything possible to protect the residents and staff at this time. They were prepared to respond to this situation and have put in place all the necessary protocols,” said Piqua Health & Sanitation Director Amy Welker. “It is possible we will see more local cases as this outbreak evolves. The facility is working diligently to respond to the situation and protect the health and safety of our community.”

According to Miami County Public Health Health Educator Vicky Knisley-Henry, Stillwater Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation also currently has 16 residents and 11 staff that have tested positive for coronavirus.

Knisley-Henry said Miami County Public Health (MCPH), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the nursing home are working together on the situation. Some residents and staff are asymptomatic and one person was hospitalized, but has since been released and returned to the facility, she said. There have been no deaths related to the outbreak, Knisley-Henry said.

Knisley-Henry said that the date of the outbreak is unknown at this time.

“We just got the test results this week and the contact tracing team is still working on their investigation so we don’t know that yet,” she said.

These two outbreaks mark the fourth long-term care facility outbreak in the county since the beginning of the pandemic. Koester Pavilion and SpringMeade Health Center both experienced outbreaks early in the pandemic.

On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine referenced one county nursing home outbreak and some other cases considered “small outbreaks” in the county.

“In late August, Miami County had some small workplace and church outbreaks,” DeWine said.

Knisley-Henry said there was a church that had seven cases associated with it in August, but MCPH was unaware of any other outbreaks to which he was referring.

Since Aug 28, there have been 193 new COVID-19 cases, 22 new hospitalizations and five new deaths reported. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Miami County to 1,223, with 1,021 confirmed cases and 202 probable cases, 122 hospitalizations and 48 deaths, with 955 presumed recovered.

“We are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Miami County. MCPH encourages community members to limit social gatherings. If it is necessary to go out, practice safe social distancing and wear a face covering when you are out in public,” Knisley-Henry said. “If you are sick or if you live with someone who is sick, stay home. Please do not attend school, sports activities, social gatherings, or other events. These are the only steps we can take to slow the spread.”