Coronavirus

An outbreak of coronavirus at a Temple nursing home has resulted in one death and four people testing positive for COVID-19, health officials said Saturday.

The death of a resident at the Weston Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation, 2505 S. 37th St., was announced Saturday, said Paul Romer, a city of Belton spokesman who has been coordinating coronavirus information for the Bell County Public Health District.

The death is the first coronavirus fatality in Bell County since April as COVID-19 cases have reached 333. Of those, 191 have recovered. Three others have died from COVID-19.

Weston Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation is owned by Caraday Healthcare, which operates long-term skilled nursing care facilities in 13 Texas communities, including Temple.

In a statement posted to its website Saturday, the company said that “updated totals of positive test results are two residents and three team members.”

“With the help of the State, Bell County, and Baylor Scott & White, we are conducting follow up testing for all residents and team members, to manage the situation proactively,” the company said.

Affected team members are isolating at home, the statement said.

“We are monitoring everyone extremely closely and following our pre-established protocols that include implementing immediate and precautionary steps to ensure we stop the spread of the infection within our community,” the company’s statement said. “Caraday is proactively working with public health agencies and medical providers and we are monitoring the situation very closely.”

The Bell County Public Health District was notified Friday of a new case at the facility, according to a news release.

Due to a prior positive case, on May 16, COVID-19 tests were conducted on all residents and staff at Weston Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation, Bell County Public Health District Director Amanda Robison-Chadwell said in the release.

At that time, all residents and staff tested negative, with the exception of the known positive, Robison-Chadwell said.

Weston Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation continued its monitoring and cleaning efforts, she said, but the virus was unfortunately reintroduced into the facility — leading to a cluster of new cases.

Robison-Chadwell said the facility on Saturday began coordinating with Bell County and local health care partners to re-test residents and staff for COVID-19.

As planning was underway to re-test at the facility, an additional four residents were sent to the hospital and tested positive for COVID-19, she said.

“One of the five positive residents has died, bringing the Bell County COVID-19 death total to four,” Robison-Chadwell said. “Of the five cases, all individuals are high-risk due to age and health conditions.”

Coronavirus testing is expected to be completed this weekend, she said. The health district expects to know the results on Monday, she said.

Bell County’s first COVID-19 death occurred March 26 when a Temple woman in her 80s died. The Bell County Public Health District has not released the age range or residence for the county’s two deaths in April.

Killeen, with 136 cases, has the most infections in the county, followed by Temple with 104 cases, according to Bell County’s COVID-19 dashboard. Thirty-five Belton residents have tested positive, as well as 26 in Harker Heights and 32 in rural Bell County, which includes small towns and unincorporated areas.