Grove Manor confirms 3 more COVID deaths

MONICA PRYTS | Allied NewsGrove Manor in Grove City has reported 13 deaths related to COVID-19, more than half of all 25 deaths recorded so far in Mercer County.

GROVE CITY – Grove Manor has reported three more COVID-19-related deaths.

In late September, the Grove City care home confirmed that 10 residents in skilled care had died over a period of about one month.

Since then, three residents from that section of the nursing home have passed away, bringing the total to 13, said Jeff Black, chief business officer and corporate compliance officer at Grove Manor.

That’s more than half of the 25 reported deaths in Mercer County, as of Monday’s statistics from the state Health Department.

While he can’t share specific details about each death, Black did say that some of the deaths were not “100 percent” caused by COVID – meaning there were other contributing factors, such as existing health conditions.

Even though Grove Manor “did everything right” with preventative measures according to health officials, there is still a sense of failure when it comes to losing people who felt like family, Black said.

“It’s very, very hard. They do become your grandma and your grandpa,” he said.

Grove Manor, which offers nursing, rehabilitation and personal care services, has also reported a few more COVID cases among residents and employees over the past month.

As of Oct. 20, 48 residents in skilled care and 36 employees have tested positive, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health website, which lists data for long-term care facilities.

There are currently 31 residents at Grove Manor.

Residents will be tested again, and there are currently no signs or symptoms of the virus among residents, Black said.

“Our COVID tests are now starting to come back negative,” he said of staff testing.

It’s a step in the right direction, but Grove Manor will continue to practice social distancing, hold off on visitors and wear full personal protective equipment.

Residents and their loved ones and community members have been very supportive, and Grove Manor is hoping to allow window visitations soon; family members will be able to see the residents through a designated window.

Grove Manor is thankful for the support and cooperation from the community, Black said.

People have been sending cases of water and Gatorade, snacks, and cards.

“Just randomly, 15 pizzas show up,” he said.

Black and his colleagues are not shocked by the support, but it’s been overwhelming to see how much people care.

“It’s been a very tough time for a lot of us,” he said.

Grove Manor has an employee assistance program, which provides mental health resources, and there is also a full-time pastor who helps staff and residents.

And the staff is gearing up for cold and flu season. They hope that the preventative measures in place for COVID will also help reduce cold and flu cases in the building.

Employees are already on heightened alert, and they know they should stay home if they feel “off,” Black said.

The Department of Health has also reported these COVID cases at area long-term care facilities as of Oct. 20:

• Orchard Manor, Grove City – Currently has 90 residents with 19 cases among residents and eight among employees.

• Quality Life Services, Grove City – Ninety current residents with 1 to 4 cases among residents and 1 to 4 cases among employees.

• Quality Life Services, East Lackawannock Township – Forty-one current residents with 25 cases among residents and 24 cases among employees.

For more information about COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania, visit www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus and click on “LTCF Data.”

CLARIFICATION: The cases listed for the long-term care facilities are the total number of cases reported since virus testing began earlier this year. That does not necessarily mean there are active cases. For example, Orchard Manor has confirmed that there are no active cases at their facility; their last COVID-19 case was resolved on Sept. 14.

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