Mounting concerns after COVID-19 deaths, cases reported at Houston-area senior living facilities

HOUSTON – In the Houston area, at least three senior living facilities are reporting cases of coronavirus.

In the Woodlands at the Conservatory at Alden Bridge, at least a dozen residents are infected, and two men have died-- One in his 80s and the other in his 90s.

In Galveston County, health officials are taking a close look at nursing homes after they discovered a few residents and workers tested positive for coronavirus. At least one person is hospitalized.

Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle said one of the infected workers appeared to work at different facilities throughout the county.

“It is not just one employee. We found, that there are multiple cases of people who may be working two or three jobs to make ends meet,” Philip Keiser, MD, of the Local Health Authority said.

At The Resort At Texas City, an administrator confirmed seven employees who were asymptomatic and two of nearly 70 tested positive for COVID-19. The administrator said the employees are isolating, meanwhile, the two residents are in stable condition and have been in isolated rooms for over a week. The nursing home is taking precautions, including, not allowing visitors since March 2, sanitizing mail and checking the temperature of workers entering the building, according to an administrator. The official also said about a week ago, nursing homes in Galveston County made a group decision to not share workers.

In College Station, three residents at a senior living center died from the virus, 10 other residents tested positive and so did four workers. David Aguirre lost his mother.

“We never imagined that something like the virus would affect the residents at the assisted living center because they were pretty much in a cocoon if you will,” Aguirre said.

Health officials are racing to help those vulnerable residents.

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