Daughter worried after mom tests positive for COVID-19 at nursing home

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Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 21:04:24-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A daughter is worried after receiving a phone call that her mother tested positive for COVID-19 inside a nursing home.

State health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box on Tuesday confirmed Indiana has 199 facilities that have a total of 1,568 cases.

For Abby Ariraimu, those numbers hit close to home.

"They called me yesterday and told me she tested positive," Ariraimu said. "Started crying after that I blacked out."

On Monday, she got the call she's been dreading since COVID-19 restrictions went into place across the country.

"It was exactly 3:30 I looked to see exactly what time they called," Ariraimu said.

Ariraimu hasn't been able to see her mother because Decatur Township Center with Genesis HealthCare isn't allowing visitors to protect their vulnerable population.

"I have been trying to call her and can't get ahold of her on her cell phone," Ariraimu said. "I got her a cell phone so I can video chat her."

Ariraimu's mother can't get out of bed on her own and has some health complications which is fueling concern now that she's being told her mother has the novel coronavirus.

"They said they tested a few patients and my mom is one of the ones who tested positive," Ariraimu said.

Ariraimu said she wants her mother taken to a hospital but said officials at the facility have told her they have everything under control and she shouldn't worry.