POLK COUNTY, Fla. - State numbers show another COVID-19 outbreak at a Polk County long-term care facility.
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According to the state, Consulate Health Care of Winter Haven had just five residents test positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago. As of June 12, that number jumped to 66 total residents and 30 staff members.
Spectrum Bay News 9 first told you about the facility's managing company, Consulate Health Care last month, when Congress announced it was one of five non-profit nursing home companies it was investigating, over concerns it mishandled the coronavirus crisis.
According to its website, Consulate Health Care operates nearly 20 elder care facilities in the Bay Area. The most recent numbers from the Florida Department of Health show between them, there have been a total of 51 COVID-19 related deaths.
Reports from the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office show of those deaths, four were residents of Consulate Health Care of Winter Haven who passed away in the last week.
State data shows while 15 residents have been transferred out of the facility since the start of the outbreak, 51 remain onsite.
"CHC of Winter Haven is working closely with the local department of health to provide the proper care for our residents in-house and ensure that the local hospital is not over-burdened. At this time, our residents are asymptomatic and our dedicated team of caregivers are doing an amazing job of ensuring that everyone’s safety and well-being remains the highest priority," said Consulate spokeswoman Jennifer Trapp.