Glencroft Center for Modern Aging in Glendale has taken the unique step of publicly reporting cases of COVID-19—even as the number who died there from coronavirus more than doubled over the last week.
On May 11, 38 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and seven residents died from complications from the disease, according to Millie Oakeson, vice president of corporate marketing for the facility.
Since then, 10 more Glencroft residents died from the disease, bringing the total to 17, according to information at glencroft.com/covid.
According to that site, a total of 126—81 residents and 45 employees—have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 51 are listed as “recovered.,” with 43 residents and 15 employees listed as “active COVID.”
Though the Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports there have been 223 deaths from COVID-19 at long-term care facilities, the county and state have denied media requests to name the facilities that have cases.
And most other facilities have been extremely guarded, releasing information only to family members.
“We decided to post our data daily on our website in an effort to provide the most up-to-date information in real time to everyone at one time,” said Scott McClintock, Glencroft’s chief strategy officer.
“There are so many different versions of ‘hearsay’ that get reported in the media we decided to simplify the data to be easily referenced by residents, families, employees and media,” he added.
McClintock said COVID-19 information will be updated daily.
“By releasing this data, we hope it inspires others to do so and encourage our industry to be as transparent as possible,” he said.
Glencroft has 1,367 people working and living on its campus. According to its website. Five of the COVID-19 deaths were residents of an assisted-living facility at Glencroft, with 11 deaths from Glencroft’s skilled-nursing facility.
None of the 600 residents in Glencroft’s independent-living residences have tested positive for COVID-19.
“From the beginning of this pandemic, Glencroft has carefully followed the most stringent preventative protocols, and we continue to do so,” McClintock said.
“For more than 50 years, Glencroft has been providing outstanding care and services to our residents. We are doing everything within our power to continue to save lives and deal with this pandemic. Our residents, their families and our employees are true heroes, and we will continue to do everything in our power to care for everyone at Glencroft.”