COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

5-17-2020
5-21-2020

Coronavirus Update

At Bethea, the safety and well-being of our residents remain our top priority.  Bethea voluntarily participated in the first round of nursing facility testing by DHEC the week of May 11.  The test results indicated residents and staff have tested positive for the virus.  

In response to the test results, we continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and take steps to mitigate exposure such as continued restricted visitation, isolation of affected individuals and enhanced infection control precautions. Also, although most staff members have exhibited no symptoms, Bethea has furloughed these staff from work per CDC recommendations as well as relocated all the positive nursing facility residents to one section of the nursing facility.  

Residents continue to be monitored for symptoms and treatment provided as appropriate. As the unfortunate impact of the virus is being felt by our treasured nursing residents, we are encouraged by the recent improvement of some of those who are recovering with the illness.   

In an ever-changing climate of the pandemic, Bethea is updating residents, family members and staff regularly as well as local and state health authorities.  Our nursing staff continue to deliver compassionate care to those that call Bethea home and we cautiously look forward to reuniting residents and families in the weeks ahead.

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