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For families with loved ones in a luxurious Houston-area rehabilitation center, a COVID-19 outbreak has reached a devastating new level. On Tuesday, a coronavirus outbreak at a Katy’s Sterling Oaks Rehabilitation Facility involving potentially 15 deaths is now being investigated, announced Harris County Public Health.
According to HCPH health officials, there have been six confirmed COVID-19 deaths at the facility. Nine more deaths are now pending medical review.
HCPH has confirmed that they’re now actively monitoring the 88 residents and facility employees for coronavirus symptoms. In early July, health officials began investigating Sterling Oaks after discovering two positive cases.
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“The elderly and people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems are at a much high risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19, including hospitalizations and death,” Harris County officials stated.
Health officials added that it was crucial that visits to these centers be limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“To keep loved ones in nursing homes and or long-term facilities safe and to limit the risk of spreading COVID-19, it is important that community members continue to take active prevention measures including visits to these types of facilities,” Harris County officials continued.
Although we have reached out to Sterling Oaks to get more answers, our calls were not returned at this date.
There are now 86,563 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Houston/Harris County and 905 deaths, according to HCPH officials.
If you have any concerns about a long-term care facility, please call HHSC’s long-term care complaint and incident intake hotline at 1.800.458.9858.