Doctor: All COVID-19 Patients Are From The Dementia Unit

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (KDKA) – Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County has nearly 20 residents that have tested positive for coronavirus. Two of them passed away overnight, KDKA’s Nicole Ford learned.

Dr. Dave Thimons says they started seeing cases late Thursday night and the numbers have only grown. So far, 19 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

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They created an isolation unit where 25 people are right now. Thirteen people there tested positive, one is being re-tested and 11 are still waiting on results.

“And we’ve instituted a three-drug regimen on these patients to treat them, and I just finished rounds today and they are doing so much better,” Thimons said.

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Four others who tested positive are at Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital.

The doctor says everyone was from the dementia unit at their facility and they have not seen signs of the virus on any other floor.

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KDKA talked to one woman who pulled her mother out of the facility this morning. She says she was worried about her mother’s care and believes there are already not enough staff members.

“It is a constant worry, you know. ‘How are they doing, are they being cared for properly, is everybody washing their hands?'” she said. “For the family members that have folks there, the questions I would ask is ‘tell me what your protocol is, how are you keeping my loved one safe?'”

The doctor tells KDKA, for now, they are staffed, but moving forward that is their concern.

They currently house 450 patients.

The Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center is asking for donations. They’re asking for gloves, hand sanitizer, gowns and masks as well as nurses and aides willing to help.

The address for donations is:

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