By Charles Elmore
Florida officials have identified COVID-19 cases among residents or staff at 37 long-term care facilities in Palm Beach County, with more than half of the sites located in or near Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lantana.
One person exposed to the coronavirus has recovered at Abbey Delray Health Center, that facility reported, but the list released by the Florida Department of Health on April 18 apparently does not include a case that Harbour's Edge in Delray Beach disclosed on its website. A 37th site was added April 19.
"We learned Thursday that one of our residents has tested positive for COVID-19," Harbour's Edge posted on the web. "This residential living resident is quarantined in their home and is under the care of medical professionals. One additional residential living resident who had prolonged contact with the individual who tested positive is also self-quarantining and will be tested for the virus."
The statement said Harbour's Edge management was "committed to being open and transparent, while respecting the privacy of those involved, as we deal with this unprecedented situation."
Amanda L. Davis, marketing and communications director for parent company Lifespace Inc., said, "As we have updates to share, we will share."
Elsewhere in the area, another website posting brought "an encouraging update on the one COVID-19 case within our Abbey Delray community. Our residential living resident who tested positive has fully recovered and has been cleared by the health department. In addition, we have had no additional positive cases of the virus in our community."
Statewide, officials have found 307 long-term care facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. The state's list does not say how many cases have been confirmed at each facility, nor does it say where deaths have occurred.
As of April 19, state officials reported 1,825 cases and 179 deaths in long-term care facilities across Florida. That included 146 cases and 24 deaths in Palm Beach County.
Overall, there were 2,170 known cases in Palm Beach County as of April 19, with all but 53 of those Florida residents. Among resident cases, 16 percent have resulted in hospitalization and about 6 percent in death, according to state records.
Palm Beach County cases
The Florida Department of Health identified long-term care facilities where a resident or staff member tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 as of April 18, 2020:
Boca Raton and west Boca
Brighton Gardens of Boca Raton
Heartland Health Care and Rehabilitation Center of Boca Raton
Encore at Boca Raton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Meridian at Boca Raton *
Regents Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Sonata Boca Raton
Stratford Court of Boca Raton
Delray Beach and west Delray
Abbey Delray Health Center
Manorcare Health Services -- Delray Beach
Sonata Delray Beach
Lantana and west Lantana
The Carlisle Palm Beach
Vi at Lakeside Village Independent LivingBoynton Beach and west Boynton
Barrington Terrace at Boynton Beach
Boulevard Rehabilitation Center
Boynton Beach Rehabilitation Center
Brookdale West Boynton Beach
Colonial Assisted Living at Boynton Beach
Hamlin Place of Boynton Beach
Elsewhere in the county
Heartland Health Care Center -- Boynton Beach
Manorcare Health Services -- Boynton Beach
Sonata Boynton Beach
1 AAA Assisted Living at Wellington
Arbor Oaks at Greenacres
Avante at Lake Worth Inc.
Medicana Nursing and Rehab Center
Morselife Health System
North Lake Care Center
Palm Garden of West Palm Beach
Rehabilitation Center of the Palm Beaches
Renaissance Health and Rehabilitation
Terraces of Lake Worth Care Center
The Addington at Wellington Green
Wood Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center
*added April 19
Source: Florida Department of Health