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Sayre Christian Village reports first COVID-19 related death

Posted at 9:47 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 23:35:19-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Seven months into the pandemic, Sayre Christian Village has reported its first COVID-19 related death, after a 75-year-old female resident passed away Monday evening.

"She had been a resident long enough on our campus for us to consider her our family," said Karen Venis, CEO of Sayre Christian Village.

Venis described the recent effect of the coronavirus as a "gut punch."

As of Tuesday evening, there were 21 residents and 11 staff members positive with the coronavirus. Among the 32 total positives, 21 of them came within the past 24 hours.

"The disease is on the rise in Kentucky," Venis wrote in an email update to family members. "It has always been a matter of when, not if it would infiltrate our campus."

Venis said administrators have identified two points of entry that may have contributed to the outbreak, but she declined to delve into more details.

"We wouldn't be human if we weren't anxious," Venis told LEX 18. "We're all anxious. Despite that, I'm incredibly proud of how my team has responded and has come together to support each other, our residents, and our family members."