Evansville Nursing Home Celebrates Closure of COVID-19 Unit

River Bend Nursing & Rehabilitation

Staff members at River Bend Nursing & Rehabilitation in Evansville were seen clapping and cheering on Tuesday as the facility celebrated the closure of its COVID-19 recovery unity, roughly one year after the pandemic was declared.

Posted: Mar 10, 2021 12:39 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2021 1:11 PM

On Tuesday, River Bend Nursing & Rehabilitation in Evansville announced the official closure of its COVID-19 recovery unit.

"We continue to see the numbers of COVID-19 cases drop across the country and in our community," a statement from the facility's administration said Tuesday. "We feel that it is time that we can finally close our COVID-19 recovery unit for new cases."

The closure of the COVID-19 recovery unit comes after nearly a year of perseverance in the fight against COVID-19.

From July 2020 to March 2021, River Bend says it had a total of 134 confirmed patient cases of COVID-19. River Bend says it saw the recovery of 116 of those total cases and helped 62 of them return back into the community. But unfortunately, the facility also saw the effects of COVID-19 take the lives of 18 residents.

In a video posted to the River Bend Nursing & Rehabilitation Facebook Page Tuesday, staff can be seen clapping and celebrating the official closure of the recovery unit.

Although River Bend Nursing & Rehabilitation's COVID-19 recovery unit has officially closed, staff says they'll continue to assist patients who are out of their 14-day isolation period and those who need continued COVID recovery therapy.

Visitation Guidelines at River Bend Nursing & Rehabilitation

In addition to the closure of the facility's COVID recovery unit, River Bend Nursing & Rehabilitation said Tuesday that in-person visitations were now being allowed again.

Officials at River Bend say the decision to allow in-person visitations was made in consultation with the Indiana State Department of Health. 

Visitation is 7 days a week, at least 8 hours per day, and open to all visitors (including children under 12 years old), however there will be a cap on the number of visitors allowed in the facility at any one time.

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