Four employees and two residents at Parc at Traditions, a retirement and senior living community in Bryan, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, the center’s corporate office confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Parc at Traditions is a multifaceted senior facility that offers independent living, assisted living and memory care.
In a statement shared with The Eagle, Parc officials said that the employees have been quarantined and are recovering at home and that the residents have been removed from the residential premises “and are receiving care outside the community.”
The statement stressed that the facility, in the Traditions area of Bryan, has implemented numerous protective and safety protocols for more than two months. Those protocols include prohibition of all but essential visitors, daily pre-screening of associates at home, enhanced sanitization and infection control procedures, the cessation of all congregate social activities and dining services, daily resident screening and vitals checks, and a shelter-in-place mandate for all residents.
“Despite these efforts, we learned that two Parc at Traditions associates and two residents recently tested positive for COVID-19. This information was communicated in writing to residents, families and associates on May 18, 2020,” Parc said in the statement. “Previously, on May 15, 2020, and April 24, 2020, respectively, residents, families and associates were notified of two other associates that were diagnosed with COVID-19.”
Parc at Traditions arranged last week for private COVID-19 testing of all residents and associates. This testing occurred onsite at the community on Tuesday, according to the statement, and previous testing has also occurred. They added that advanced PPE protocols have been implemented at the community in recent days.
“We have notified the Brazos County Health District and the Texas Department of Health & Human Services and are working closely with both agencies,” the statement reads. “Due to privacy laws, we are unable to provide specific information about these individuals.”
Gov. Greg Abbott said recently that the state would begin testing 100% of nursing home residents and staff for COVID-19. In recent weeks, Brazos County Alternate Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan has said long-term care facilities are among the highest-priority locations for the health district.
Local resident Lanette Schulte’s parents, ages 91 and 85, are residents at Parc at Traditions, she said Tuesday. Schulte praised the effort of the community’s staff team to keep residents safe since the start of the pandemic.
“I feel like they were ahead of the curve,” Schulte said. “They got their act together with the lockdown, the mask-wearing, and their communication has been outstanding. Ada, the general manager, sends us letters all the time and keeps us updated. We’re very pleased with how they have handled all of that.”
Schulte also said it has been incredibly challenging to go several weeks without being able to hug her parents due to necessary safety precautions.
“This the longest I’ve ever gone without being able to hug my mom and dad,” Schulte said. For her mom’s 85th birthday, on April 30, she was able to see her mom and dad, masked, from a distance and sing happy birthday to her mother.
“That side of it has been hard,” Schulte said.
Parc’s corporate office, based in Atlanta, wrote that the organization continues “to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and make appropriate real-time adjustments to our operations,” based upon the guidance of public health agencies.
“In the face of risks posed by COVID-19, the Parc at Traditions team has embraced the operating challenges of caring for our at-risk population of residents,” the statement from the community read. “We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our wonderful residents and families, and admire the commitment of our amazing associates as we confront this challenge together.”
Brazos County health officials reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 341.
Of those, 147 have recovered, which is the same number reported on Monday. Health officials define a recovery from COVID-19 as being free from fever for 72 hours without fever-reducing medicine and 10 days removed from the onset of symptoms.
Officials said 176 cases are active, an increase of eight since Monday. Five people remain hospitalized, which is one more than Monday’s total. Eighteen people have died of COVID-19 in Brazos County since the start of the pandemic.
Officials reported 5,168 tests have been performed, which is 249 more than Monday’s total. Brazos County will have its next mobile testing site today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only.
Around the Brazos Valley, Burleson, Robertson and Milam counties all reported additional cases Tuesday.
In Burleson County, there are now 20 cases, an increase of two, officials said. The Texas Department of State Health Services reports three recoveries and 162 tests administered there. In Robertson County, officials now report seven cases, an increase of one. There are two recoveries and 114 tests given, the DSHS reports.
In Milam County, local officials are reporting 26 cases, an increase of two. There has been one death there and 19 recoveries, with 334 tests given.
Leon County has nine cases with four recoveries, officials said. The DSHS reports 103 tests given there. Madison County has eight positive COVID-19 cases, with 77 tests performed. Two people have recovered.
In Grimes County, there are 65 cases. County officials said 13 people have recovered and six are in the hospital. Of the positive cases, 37 are Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates. One death has been reported in Grimes County, an inmate at the Wallace Pack Unit. There have been 341 tests administered, according to the DSHS.
Washington County reports 184 cases. There have been 24 deaths, 22 of which were connected to the Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The DSHS reports 745 tests have been given and 39 people have recovered.
In Texas, there are 49,912 people with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 1,219 over Monday. There have been 744,937 tests administered. State officials report 1,369 people have died — an increase of 22 over the day before.