Red virus under a magnifying glass

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 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.

Nine more Glencroft residents died from the disease, bringing the total to 16, according to information at glencroft.com/covid.

According to that site, a total of 98 —52 residents and 46 employees —have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 51 are listed as “recovered.,” with 19 residents and 12 employees listed as “active COVID.”

Though 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.

“In order to provide factually correct information, Glencroft Center for Modern Aging will provide, by next business day, the (COVID-19) information,” stated Glencroft’s website announcement. “This data (is) reviewed and updated when there are changes. 

“Please note that we are required to first notify families of residents who may therefore temporarily see slightly different numbers.”

Glencroft has 1,600 people working and living on its campus, Oakeson said. Five of the COVID-19 death were residents of an assisted-living facility at Glencroft, with 11 deaths from Glencroft’s skilled-nursed facility.

Oakeson said none of the 600 residents in Glencroft’s independent living residences have tested positive.

“From the beginning of this pandemic, Glencroft has carefully followed the most stringent preventative protocols and we continue to do so,” she said.