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Johnson County nursing home reports 4 deaths from COVID-19

Four residents at the Otterbein Senior Life nursing home in Franklin have died from COVID-19.
Otterbein Senior Life in Franklin. (WTHR)

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — Four residents at the Otterbein Senior Life nursing home in Franklin have died from COVID-19.

“Effective this morning (Monday, April 6), no other Otterbein location (16 in Ohio) has experienced a positive test for either a resident or partner (employee). With both Ohio and Indiana weeks from the projected peak, Otterbein will ultimately have positive tests at most, if not all locations. It is important to note all locations, including Otterbein Franklin, have engaged extensive precautionary measures and Otterbein Franklin has done nothing wrong. This insidious virus just invaded us there first.” - Gary Horning, vice president, marketing & communications Otterbein SeniorLife

It was April 1 that the facility reported its first death. There have now been three more since that time.

The nursing home has enacted a Unit Management Plan:

  • Level 1: All residents, including those sharing rooms, will be located in level one units if they are showing no signs of any symptoms related to COVID-19; but might have had exposure to COVID-19 through contact with individuals testing positive or presumed to be positive. These residents will remain isolated to their rooms, will dine in-room, and will practice social distancing at all times. They will be screened every eight hours, caregivers will be masked, and teams will cleanse and disinfect hard surfaces even more frequently than usual. The vast majority of Otterbein Franklin’s nursing residents fit into this level of care.
  • Level 2: All residents, including those sharing rooms, will be located in level two units if they are showing signs or symptoms related to COVID-19; but have not been tested. These residents will remain isolated to their rooms. They will be assessed in detail every eight hours, the medical director will be on daily call, caregivers will wear all personal protective equipment, and the resident will be masked any time anyone else is in the room. The teams will cleanse and disinfect all surfaces at least two times each day, and even laundry will be done separately for each resident.
  • Level 3: All residents, including those sharing rooms, will be located in level three units if they tested positive for COVID-19. Care directives are identical to those in level two above, but residents are further segregated to ensure those that have actually tested positive are not sharing rooms or even units with residents presumptively positive.