4 patients die of COVID-19 at Kansas City, Kansas, rehabilitation facility

Posted at 2:20 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 19:32:39-04

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. April 6 | As of late Monday afternoon, the Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation facility said there have now been four deaths at the facility related to COVID-19. In total, 33 residents and four staff members have tested positive for the virus.

ORIGINAL | A Kansas City, Kansas, rehabilitation facility has reported three deaths related to coronavirus and 25 cases as of Monday.

Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation had previously reported 19 of Wyandotte County’s COVID-19 cases, which included 17 patients and two staff members, according to the United Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, health department. At that time, six of the confirmed cases required hospitalization.

Cory Schulte, the facility’s director, said “several” patients were “seeing improvements," according to a statement posted April 3 on Riverbend’s website.

“As far as actions we are taking relative to infection prevention and management, generally, Riverbend is carefully and consistently following the direction issued by the CDC, CMS, and the State of Kansas (including Wyandotte County Health Department),” Schulte said in the statement.

Some of those measures include wearing personal protective equipment when “interacting with COVID-positive or COVID-suspected residents,” hand washing and screening employees and “essential medical personnel” before they enter the facility.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, Wyandotte County reported 186 cases and seven deaths. It was unclear of the deaths at the facility were reflected in the county's current death total.