With no active cases, Heritage Center ruled recovered

A local nursing home that saw one of the worst outbreaks in the state has officially recovered and is now waiting to open its doors back to visitation, long-term care officials said.

The Heritage Center, located on McFarland Street, has seen a total of 17 people die from COVID-19 and 117 residents and associates test positive for the virus over the last month, officials said.

“We currently have no active cases of COVID-19 among our residents or associates and are considered recovered,” said Scott Hunt, executive director of the Heritage Center. “For which we are thankful.”

The Heritage Center is one of several other long-term care facilities within the Lakeway Area to be hit hard by the novel coronavirus over the last few months.

Life Care Centers of America, owners of the Heritage Center, said there were a total of 66 residents who tested positive for COVID-19 and 51 associates. Sixteen residents died, along with one associate, LCCA officials said.

Hunt said the Heritage Center is mourning those they “lost from our family.”

“We are taking new admissions again and are hoping to reopen outdoor visitation after following CDC guidelines concerning COVID-19,” Hunt said.

State records of COVID-19 cases, which come out every Friday, show that another long-term care facility in the Lakeway Area hit hard by COVID-19, Jefferson City Health and Rehabilitation Center, has seen no new cases in the last 10 days.

State records show that facility 86 of its 123 residents test positive, 73 staff members and nine deaths.

The latest long-term care facility to appear on the state list is Ridge View Terrace of Life Care in Grainger County.

State records show that as of Friday 15 of 96 residents had tested positive and 15 staff members had tested positive. There are no recorded deaths at this time.

Hunt said the Heritage Center will continue to follow CDC, state and local health department guidelines.

“During our outbreak, our champion associates went above and beyond their normal duties in caring for our residents,” he said. “I am so proud of them.”