Palm Bay resident Kym Rivera visits her 82-year-old father, Don Whalen, who lives at Brookdale Melbourne. (Photo: Courtesy Kym Rivera)
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About 10 p.m. Saturday, Kym Rivera was scrolling through her Facebook feed when she spotted a news story featuring Florida’s just-released list of long-term care facilities where COVID-19 had been reported.
The Palm Bay resident was shocked to see Brookdale Melbourne on the list — her 82-year-old father with dementia lives there.
“My first thought was, ‘Why didn’t anyone call us?’ And then,