Coronavirus

As Bell County reported its fifth COVID-19-related death Wednesday, local health officials confirmed to the Telegram that at least four people at Wildflower Place Assisted Living Community in Temple have tested positive for the virus.

The latest Bell County resident to die from the coronavirus was a resident of Weston Inn Nursing & Rehabilitation — the South Temple assisted living facility at 2505 S. 37th St. that has a COVID-19 outbreak. At least 32 residents and staff members are infected.

“This death occurred last night. It was a resident from Weston (Inn Nursing & Rehabilitation), who had been admitted to the (intensive care unit),” said Paul Romer, the city of Belton spokesman who is coordinating public information for the Bell County Public Health District.

Two Weston Inn residents have died. The first was a woman in her 90s who died late Friday. The health district did not immediately disclose the age or gender of the second Weston Inn resident who died.

Wildflower Place Assisted Living Community, 706 Red Coat Drive in Temple, had its first confirmed coronavirus case on May 18, Health District Director Amanda Robison-Chadwell told the Telegram.

This is the first time infections at Wildflower Place have been revealed to the public.

A strike team, Robison-Chadwell said, started testing everyone associated at the facility May 22. Three cases at Wildflower Place were confirmed Wednesday, she said. They are part of the county’s nine new infections. Bell County now has at least 396 cases, with 206 recoveries.

“So far, the facility has 46 negative results with four tests still pending,” the health district director said.

Enlivant, a Chicago-based company that operates assisted living communities throughout the United States, confirmed to the Telegram that Wildflower “residents and an employee” have tested positive for COVID-19.

Louis Kievit, Enlivant’s vice president of sales and customer engagement, did not disclose how many residents have contracted the virus.

“We are coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control as well as all applicable local and state health organizations,” Kievit said in a statement. “The safety and health of our employees and residents is our top priority. Our team continues to monitor the situation and update procedures in accordance with evolving guidance to ensure the continued safety of our residents and our dedicated team of caregivers who are working tirelessly to provide quality, supportive care each day.”

“We are in the process of notifying our residents’ families and do not have any further information to share currently,” Kievit added.