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Long-term care facilities report ‘bad’ rise in coronavirus cases

Facility in Miami-Dade tops list with 83 coronavirus cases; facility in Broward tops list with 43 cases

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – There is a new rise in COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities in Florida, according to data that the Florida Department of Health released late last week.

Dave Bruns, a spokesman for the American Association of Retired Persons, said that what has been happening since Oct. 18 at long-term care facilities is bad.

“This virus, if it gets into a facility, is going to run like someone running through a dry wheat field with a flame thrower,” Bruns said.

The Florida long-term care facility residents' cases have been rising steadily since Nov. 5 when there were 829, the state data shows. On Friday, there were 1,192 cases confirmed. The staff cases had a slight decrease from 2,075 on Thursday to 1,748 confirmed cases on Friday.

Bruns said the coronavirus infections at long-term care facilities likely come from visitors and not staff.

The state data shows there are 50 long-term care facilities with confirmed coronavirus cases in Broward County and 73 long-term care facilities with confirmed coronavirus cases in Miami-Dade County.

According to that report, the long-term care facility with the most cases in Miami-Dade County is Sunrise Community Inc., at 9040 SW 72nd St., near Kendall. Sunrise Community Inc. reported 83 cases confirmed, including 34 residents who were transferred out of the facility and 49 staff.

The long-term care facilities with the most cases in Broward County is Nspire Healthcare Lauderhill at 2599 NW 55th Ave., Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home at 8401 E. Cypress Dr., in Pembroke Pines, and HarborChase of Coral Springs at 2975 NW 99th Ave.

Nspire Healthcare Lauderhill reported 43 confirmed cases, including five residents who were transferred out of the facility and 38 staff. The Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home reported 37 cases of residents who were transferred. HarborChase of Coral Springs reported 30 cases, including seven staff and 23 residents out of whom four were transferred out of the facility.

Coral Springs city officials are among the local authorities in South Florida who say they are being proactive about providing personal protective equipment and visiting the facilities to make sure there is compliance with preventive measures.

Bruns has some suggestions for families with residents at long-term care facilities:

  • Balance the risks when you are considering whether or not to bring your relative home for the coming holidays and host an outdoor celebration, wear a face mask, and social distance if you decide to do so.
  • Be aware of what the situation is at the facility
  • Be informed about the track record of the facility
  • Ask if the facility is doing regular testing of staff, visitors and vendors

BROWARD COUNTY

List of 50 long-term care facilities with confirmed coronavirus cases

  1. NSPIRE HEALTHCARE LAUDERHILL: 43 cases (5 residents transferred and 38 staff)
  2. ALEXANDER “SANDY” NININGER STATE VETERANS NURSING HOME: 37 cases (all residents transferred)
  3. HARBORCHASE OF CORAL SPRINGS: 30 cases (19 residents, 4 residents transferred, and 7 staff)
  4. HILLCREST HEALTH CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 27 cases (14 residents, 10 residents transferred and 3 staff)
  5. SEAVIEW NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 26 cases (21 residents transferred and 5 staff)
  6. TAMARAC REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CENTER, INC.: 25 residents transferred
  7. PALMS CARE CENTER: 21 cases (7 residents, 11 residents transferred, and 3 staff)
  8. ACTIVE SENIOR LIVING RESIDENCE: 19 cases (17 residents transferred and 2 staff)
  9. BROWARD NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER: 17 cases (15 residents transferred and 2 staff)
  10. FIVE STAR PREMIER RESIDENCES OF PLANTATION: 14 cases (13 staff and 1 resident transferred)
  11. PACIFICA SENIOR LIVING SUNRISE: 12 cases (1 resident and 11 residents transferred)
  12. SOLARIS HEALTHCARE COCONUT CREEK: 12 cases (10 residents transferred and 2 staff)
  13. NSPIRE HEALTHCARE PLANTATION: 10 cases ( 8 residents and 2 staff)
  14. PLANTATION NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER: 10 cases (3 residents, 2 residents transferred and 5 staff)
  15. GRAND COURT ALF LLC: 9 residents transferred
  16. FORUM AT DEER CREEK: 7 cases (6 residents transferred and 1 staff)
  17. PACIFICA SENIOR LIVING FOREST TRACE: 6 residents transferred
  18. ST. JOHN’S NURSING CENTER: 6 cases (1 resident and 5 residents transferred)
  19. CARING VILLAGE OF DAVIE: 5 residents transferred
  20. SAEJCA’S CASTLE LLC: 5 residents transferred
  21. COLONIAL ASSISTED LIVING AT FORT LAUDERDALE: 4 residents transferred
  22. GLADES WEST REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER: 4 cases (1 resident transferred and 3 staff)
  23. MANOR PINES CONVALESCENT CENTER: 4 cases ( 2 residents and 2 staff)
  24. ROYAL PALM SENIOR RESIDENCE: 4 residents transferred
  25. THE COLONY CLUB ALF: 4 residents transferred
  26. THE PRESERVE AT PALM AIRE: (4 cases (3 residents transferred and 1 staff)
  27. VIP CARE PAVILION, LLC: 4 residents transferred
  28. BUCKINGHAM PLACE: 3 residents transferred
  29. PARADISE VILLA RETIREMENT AT SHERIDAN #V: 3 residents transferred
  30. GRAND VILLA OF DEERFIELD BEACH: 2 cases (1 resident transferred and 1 staff)
  31. AZALEA OPCO LLC: 2 cases (all residents transferred)
  32. COURT AT PALM AIRE: 2 staff
  33. JOHN KNOX VILLAGE OF POMPANO BEACH: 2 staff
  34. LIFE CARE CENTER OF INVERRARY: 2 staff
  35. SUNHAVEN VILLA INC.: 2 cases (1 resident and 1 staff)
  36. ADVANTAGE SENIOR LIVING FACILITY: 1 resident
  37. BARNETT LAKEVIEW: 1 resident transferred
  38. BINDA ASSISTED LIVING: 1 staff
  39. BROOKDALE DEER CREEK: 1 resident transferred
  40. COVENANT VILLAGE CARE CENTER: 1 staff
  41. CROSS POINTE CARE CENTER: 1 staff
  42. FLAMINGO ALF: 1 resident transferred
  43. GOLDEN AGE SENIORS OF SUNRISE, INC.: 1 staff
  44. HAMPTON COURT ASSISTED LIVING: 1 staff
  45. OAKMONTE VILLAGE OF DAVIE: 1 staff
  46. PRESIDENTIAL PLACE: 1 resident transferred
  47. RANMAR GARDENS II INC: 1 resident transferred
  48. VICTORIA VILLA INC: 1 resident transferred
  49. ST JOSEPH RESIDENCE, INC: 1 resident transferred
  50. SUNRISE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 1 staff

MIAMI-DADE

List of 73 long-term care facilities with confirmed coronavirus cases

  1. SUNRISE COMMUNITY, INC.: 83 cases (34 residents transferred and 49 staff)
  2. HAMPTON COURT NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 30 cases (19 residents and 11 staff)
  3. RIVERSIDE CARE CENTER: 30 residents transferred
  4. UNIVERSITY PLAZA REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER, INC: 20 cases (8 residents, 9 residents transferred, and 3 staff)
  5. ST ANNES NURSING CENTER, ST ANNES RESIDENCE INC: 15 cases (14 residents transferred and 1 staff)
  6. CLARIDGE HOUSE NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER: 13 cases (9 residents and 4 staff)
  7. PALMETTO CARE CENTER: 13 residents transferred
  8. EL PARAISO HOME, INC.: 11 residents transferred
  9. VILLA MARIA NURSING CENTER: 11 cases (2 residents and 9 residents transferred)
  10. NSPIRE HEALTHCARE MIAMI LAKES: 10 residents
  11. VICTORIA NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER, INC.: 10 cases ( 9 residents transferred and 1 staff)
  12. REFLEXION ALF II: 10 cases (4 residents, 4 residents transferred, and 2 staff)
  13. CORAL REEF NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER: 9 residents
  14. FLORIDEAN NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 9 residents transferred
  15. SOUTH DADE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 8 cases (4 residents transferred and 4 staff)
  16. EAST RIDGE RETIREMENT VILLAGE INC. (Nursing Home) and the EAST RIDGE RETIREMENT VILLAGE, INC. (Assisted Living Facility): 8 residents transferred. Six of them were from the assisted-living facility.
  17. HIALEAH SHORES NURSING AND REHAB CENTER: 8 residents transferred
  18. GARDEN WALK ASSISTED LIVING CORP: 7 cases (2 residents transferred and 5 staff)
  19. PALMETTO SUBACUTE CARE CENTER: 7 cases (5 residents and 2 staff)
  20. SINAI PLAZA NURSING AND REHAB CENTER: 6 residents transferred
  21. CASA MARISA ALF, INC: 6 cases (3 residents and 3 residents transferred)
  22. ALPHA & OMEGA RESIDENTIAL, INC: 4 cases (1 resident transferred and 3 staff)
  23. JACKSON PLAZA NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 4 cases (3 residents and 1 staff)
  24. LAS MERCEDES BOARDING HOME: 4 residents transferred
  25. MARIA ADULT HOME CARE II, INC: 4 residents transferred
  26. MERCEDES & FAMILY: 4 cases (1 resident transferred and 3 staff)
  27. TWINS SENIORS RESIDENCE ACLF: 4 residents transferred
  28. SUN COAST: 4 cases ( 3 residents transferred and 1 staff)
  29. WEST GABLES HEALTH CARE CENTER: 4 cases ( 1 resident transferred and 4 staff)
  30. ALL CARE ALF INC: 3 residents
  31. KENDALL LAKES HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 3 residents transferred
  32. JACKSON MEMORIAL LONG TERM CARE CENTER: 3 staff
  33. ARMERO TORRES ALF: 3 cases (2 residents and 1 staff)
  34. CAMINO DE ESPERANZA INC: 3 cases (2 residents and 1 resident transferred)
  35. MACTOWN, INC: 3 cases (2 residents transferred and 1 staff)
  36. CROSS GARDENS CARE CENTER: 3 staff
  37. GARDENS HOME ALF LLC: 3 cases (1 resident, 1 resident transferred, and 1 staff)
  38. MARIANA’S ALF CORP: 3 residents transferred
  39. PLAZA AT PARKSQUARE: 3 residents transferred
  40. TROPICAL ALF INC: 3 cases ( 1 resident, 1 resident transferred, and 1 staff)
  41. SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE CENTER OF WATERFORD: On Nov. 13, the Florida Department of Health reported Signature Healthcare Center of Waterford at 8333 W. Okeechobee Rd., in Hialeah Gardens had 72 cases confirmed including 70 residents transferred and two staff. In a report dated Nov. 14, the Florida Department of Health showed only 2 staff tested positive for the coronavirus at the facility.
  42. VILLA MARIA WEST SKILLED NURSING FACILITY: 2 residents transferred
  43. ALF FAMILY CARE CORP: 2 residents transferred
  44. NORTH DADE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 2 cases (1 resident and 1 staff)
  45. FOUNTAIN MANOR HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTER: 2 staff
  46. KRYSTAL BAY NURSING AND REHABILITATION: 2 staff
  47. MI CASA DORADA ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY CORP: 2 residents transferred
  48. MARCIA ADULT CARE #1, INC: 2 cases (1 resident and 1 resident transferred)
  49. MEADOW WOOD HOMES LLC: 2 cases (1 resident transferred and 1 staff)
  50. PALACE AT HOMESTEAD, LLC: 2 staff
  51. PINECREST REHABILITATION CENTER: 2 staff
  52. SUN BAY MANOR: 2 residents transferred
  53. A SENIOR LIVING DREAM LLC: 1 staff
  54. BAY OAKS HISTORIC RETIREMENT RESIDENCE INC.: 1 resident transferred
  55. BLUE POINT HOME CARE INC.: 1 resident transferred
  56. CORAL GABLES NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 1 resident
  57. GOLDEN GLADES NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER: 1 resident transferred
  58. HARMONY HEALTH CENTER: 1 staff
  59. JACKSON MEMORIAL PERDUE MEDICAL CENTER: 1 staff
  60. MAUD’S PLACE: 1 resident transferred
  61. MIAMI CEREBRAL PALSY RESIDENTIAL SERVICES, INC.: 1 staff
  62. NORTH BEACH REHABILITATION CENTER: 1 staff
  63. NSPIRE HEALTHCARE KENDALL: 1 staff
  64. NUEVO RENACER ALF, CORP: 1 resident transferred
  65. PAVILION GARDENS: 1 resident transferred
  66. PINES NURSING HOME: 1 staff
  67. PONCE PLAZA NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER: 1 staff
  68. RIVIERA HEALTH RESORT: 1 staff
  69. SUNSHINE ELDERLY RESIDENCES, CORP: 1 resident transferred
  70. SUSANNA WESLEY HEALTH CENTER: 1 staff
  71. SWEET HOPE ASSISTED LIVING CORP: 1 resident transferred
  72. VICKY’S ALF: 1 staff
  73. VILLA ROSA I, INC.: 1 staff

Source: The Florida Department of Health

CLARIFICATION: On Nov. 13, the Florida Department of Health reported Signature Healthcare Center of Waterford at 8333 W. Okeechobee Rd., in Hialeah Gardens had 72 confirmed cases, including 70 residents transferred and two staff. In a report dated Nov. 14, the Florida Department of Health showed only two staff tested positive for the coronavirus at the facility.


About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.