Health officials report 6 more COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities in Kenosha

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Six additional people at long-term care facilities in the City of Kenosha have died in recent weeks of COVID-19 -- the Kenosha County Division of Health announced Wednesday, May 27. 

Health officials are reporting the deaths occurred at The Bay at Sheridan Health and Rehabilitation Center, located at 8400 Sheridan Road. Five individuals were on hospice care and already in comfort measures prior to testing positive for COVID-19 Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said.

Dr. Freiheit said the facility has tested all of its residents and staff and has moved all COVID-19-positive residents to one wing to keep them isolated. The facility has been communicating with family members and employees in order to keep everyone safe, with staff wearing appropriate personal protective equipment throughout the pandemic, Freiheit said.

“The Bay at Sheridan has been doing everything right, when it comes to handling this heartbreaking situation,” Freiheit said. “We appreciate the facility’s open communication with the Division of Health, and its diligence in attending to the needs of its residents and staff.”Resident safety is always the facility’s top priority, said Mitzie Cannon, Regional Clinical Director for Champion Care, which oversees The Bay at Sheridan.

“We continue to work with both the local and state health departments to ensure that we are taking all appropriate infection control practices,” Cannon said. “We are working with the local Department of Health to get the lab results in a timely manner; this will help us isolate all future COVID-19 residents right away.”

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