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Saving power


Generators kept the lights on at Lexington Nursing Home and Broadway Living Center during a 12-hour power outage early Sunday.

Rick Horton, Lexington Nursing Home administrator, said the generator kept power flowing to a substantial part of the building.

From there it was a matter of following policy and procedure to get residents into central areas and maintain the facility’s COVID-19 precautions of social distancing.

Staff initiated a fire watch and notified the state about the power outage.

They also kept family members informed.

Lexington lost power around 1:30 a.m. when high winds moved into the area.

The nursing homes purchase electricity from the Town of Lexington.

“From what I understand, the OG&E lead into the city is where the problem was,” Horton said. “I’ve been here six years and this was the longest I’ve ever seen the power out.”

He added that power was restored around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

No residents were adversely affected, Horton said.

Supervisors came to the facility, but Horton didn’t have to call in additional staff.

At Broadway Living Center, administrator Alexandra Garrett said their facility-wide generator performed well although it doesn’t keep the facility quite as cool as the regular power.

Still, there haven’t been any issues or concerns caused by the outage.

Garrett has notified the state about the outage and that no residents were adversely affected.

She added the outage was preceded by intermittent power interruptions “every time the sky lit up.”


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