19 deaths, 100+ cases at Brenham nursing home, health officials say

BRENHAM, Texas – A nursing and rehabilitation facility in Washington County has seen dozens of cases of coronavirus.

As of Monday, 102 residents and staff members at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center tested positive for COVID-19, according to numbers posted on a county website. Nineteen of the county’s 21 deaths also trace back to the facility.

“The nursing home in town got hit really hard,” Dr. William Robert Loesch, the local health authority, said in a video update dated April 29.

He said help from the state arrived last week and everyone has been tested.

“The good news, it looks like it is contained,” Dr. Loesch said.

Karan Janes said her mother, Margie McCracken, 90, was a resident who died several days after learning she tested positive.

“It's very hard to have someone in there that has it and you can't be there with them. It's heart breaking,” Karan said.

A nurse helped her say goodbye to her mother over the phone.