Three staff members of the Eagle Valley Children’s Home have tested positive for the coronavirus.
None of the facilities’ 17
residents have shown symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and
will be tested only if they become symptomatic, said Donna Clark, executive
“All of them are perfectly fine,”
The three staff members are
recovering, she said. One has passed the quarantine period and has tested
negative and is awaiting a second negative test result before returning to
A second staff member who tested
positive at the same time has family members who also tested positive and must wait
until other members of the household test negative as well.
“They are all doing fine at home
and are anxious to get back to work,” said Clark.
The facility, which provides
round-the-clock care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,
has 84 employees. Twenty other staff members have received negative test
All of the residents’ families have
been contacted, said Clark.
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is currently monitoring coronavirus outbreaks at 58 facilities in Nevada, including EVCH.
Two inspectors visited the
children’s home the day after the first staff members tested positive.
“Inspections and investigations
are conducted to ensure facilities are complying with current guidance
regarding infection control practices in order to prevent the spread of
COVID-19. These visits review parameters including overall effectiveness of the
facility’s infection control program, transmission precautions, visitor/staff
screening practices, hand hygiene, PPE usage, social distancing within the
facility, surveillance and testing of residents, and other parameters including
specific concerns identified in the complaint, and specimen collection for
testing may be required through an investigation,” said Shannon Litz, DHHS
Clark said the home is in routine
contact with DHHS and is part of the area health coalition that holds daily
meetings on the public health emergency.
EVHC is no longer allowing anyone
inside except staff, who use hand sanitizer, apply Lysol to their soles of the
shoes, and wear masks, and are screened for their temperature before entering
“We also ask them a series of
questions and anyone with any symptom is sent home,” said Clark.
The five administration staff
members, who work in a separate building, are not entering the residential
The facility has set up Skype or
FaceTime visits for family and residents.
The residents are continuing some
activities, but are divided into groups that meet in the separate areas to
reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.
“I’d like to say our staff has
been amazing with all this,” said Clark. “With the nice weather, they’re
getting residents outdoors and still doing as much activity as we can in small
groups, and social distancing as best we can.”