KERRVILLE, Texas – A veteran employee of a Kerrville nursing home overrun by COVID-19 cases earlier this year says facility administration failed to take the proper steps to prevent the virus from spreading once it was brought inside the facility.
The staff member of Waterside Nursing and Rehabilitation, who requested that her voice and identity be disguised out of fear of losing her job, said she believes COVID-19 was accidentally brought into the building in the 1200 block of Water Street sometime in October.
State and federal records that track coronavirus cases in nursing homes in the United States detail the devastating toll the virus has had on the facility.
Texas Health and Human Services records updated as of November 9 show the cumulative number of cases among Waterside residents and staff members had reached 116.
Seven residents had died from the virus as of that same date, records show. HHSC officials recently increased the death toll among Waterside residents to nine.
“There was no structure there, there was no order whatsoever. So everything was all over the place,” the employee told the Defenders.
Group text messages sent between Waterside nurses and administrator Heather Foley may offer some clues about what may have contributed to the spread of the virus.