San Antonio – Families whose loved ones died at a Southeast Side nursing home following a COVID-19 outbreak said their emotions and grief are running high after not being able to get straight answers about how their loved one died or were cared for at the facility.
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District officials confirmed Tuesday that five additional deaths were reported at Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a COVID-19 outbreak, bringing the total number of deaths there to eight.
Previously, only three deaths COVID-19-related deaths were reported to the city’s health agency. Those deaths were reported by the hospitals where the residents died.
Ronnie Brigham said he got confirmation on Tuesday that his mother Angeline Brigham, 79, died Monday from what is believed to be COVID-19.
“She was fine until she got sick, and she got sick for four days. That’s how long she was sick and she dies,” he said. Brigham said he was not able to visit his mother during that time.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the city is taking measures to ensure the facility is cooperating moving forward, but as far as shutting it down, it’s hands are tied.
“If it remains state-licensed they can operate. So the state would have to pull its license in order for it to be shutdown,” Nirenberg said.