GRAFTON — The Washington Ozaukee Public Well being Division ordered a right away lockdown of all long-term care amenities in Washington and Ozaukee Counties Saturday, March 21.
The order comes following the coronavirus-related dying of a 91-year-old man at a Grafton facility on Thursday, March 19. Proper now, the Nationwide Guard is there till additional discover to help employees and residents coping with the outbreak.
The Nationwide Guard steps in throughout emergencies. On this case, troopers are serving as supplementary caregivers at Village Pointe Commons in Grafton. Six medics are at the moment aiding employees and residents and are anticipated to be there for 3 days.
91-year-old Robert Blackbird, a resident of the ability, is without doubt one of the 4 individuals who died within the state who examined constructive for COVID-19 as of Saturday, March 21. He was a resident there for 3 years.
“We had been anticipating sooner or later for dad to move, however I feel like anyone, even when you’re anticipating it, it is a bit of a shocker,” his daughter, Haly Besaw, mentioned.
Besaw was by his aspect Thursday when Blackbird died.
“The hospice staff mentioned, ‘I do not assume he has coronavirus, I simply assume it is the place he’s naturally,'” Besaw mentioned. “One of many nurses mentioned, ‘I feel it is perhaps (coronavirus.)'”
That turned out to be true. His check for COVID-19 got here again constructive after his dying.
“My dad was able to go,” Besaw mentioned. “I feel none of us actually knew the severity of this, and I feel we nonetheless don’t know. There are lots of people saying that is political, there’s loads of misinformation. It’s not political. It’s actual.”
Now, she is self-quarantining at residence.
Blackbird, by commerce, was a machinist. A real, resourceful man, his daughter is discovering pleasure understanding the product he delivered to so many cabinets.
“He made the machines that make bathroom paper. So, is not that humorous,” Besaw mentioned.
There are 209 residents contained in the care facility. Along with Blackbird, three residents and a caregiver examined constructive for the virus.
Ozaukee County well being officers instructed FOX6 Information that everybody within the reminiscence care unit the place Blackbird was is presumed constructive. 12 individuals are in that unit. County well being officers mentioned they’re nonetheless working to get check outcomes again for these individuals.