Life Care Center in Elkhorn reported its seventh COVID-19 death Friday and announced plans to retest those residents who previously tested negative.
"In consultation with both state and county health agencies, we will be retesting all residents who initially tested negative," the release states.
Over two-thirds of residents, 60 in total, have tested positive for the virus. "At this point, there is no plan to move all patients out of the facility," the release states, noting residents who develop "acute symptoms" will be transferred to a hospital.
"Each resident and the resident’s family have the freedom to make individual decisions on the best course of action for their loved one," the release states. "If a family chooses, they may take their loved one out of our facility and care for them in their own home or place them in a different facility."
Ten residents remain hospitalized.
One more employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the release states, bringing the total number of positive cases among staff to 28, but the release states that 25 employees are out sick — the same number reported Thursday — while the recovery total for employees remains at two.