KCK facility where deceased COVID-19 patient resided owned by same company as WA home

life care center of Kansas City
Posted at 11:43 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 18:48:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The deceased Wyandotte County man who tested positive for COVID-19 was a resident of the Life Care Center of Kansas City, 41 Action News confirmed through multiple sources Friday.

The long-term care facility is located at 3231 N. 61st St. in Kansas City, Kansas.

The KCK patient was a man in his 70s who had underlying health issues, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday evening.

It is believed to be the first confirmed case of local transmission in Kansas or Missouri.

Later Friday, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman said the department is involved in contact tracking.

Norman said the KCK patient was bed-bound, so the virus had to have come to him.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County is working to identify anyone else who may have been exposed to a COVID-19.

The KCK facility is operated by the same company as the facility in Washington state where dozens of people have been infected with coronavirus.

According to local reports, as of Thursday 63 people had COVID-19 and 22 had died from the virus at the Life Care Center of Kirkland in Washington state.

Norman said the KDHE is looking into possible connections and personnel sharing between the facilities.

Norman said no one else at the KCK Life Care Center was showing symptoms of coronavirus.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.