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Dozens of COVID cases reported at care facilities

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Tuesday COVID-19 data for long-term care facilities indicates there were 74 cases among patients, 10 among staff, and no COVID-related deaths.

The department’s data was updated on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

On Monday, the Rouse Home had 13 positive cases among residents, according to a release from Rouse Estate CEO Kenneth Schonbachler and Rouse Home Administrator Matt Saeli.

“Symptoms range from very mild to one resident who has fairly significant symptoms,” Schonbachler said. “These residents are all isolated on a quarantine unit with care being provided by dedicated staff in coordination with the resident’s attending physician(s).”

“Overall, we have 30 staff who have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic, five of whom have returned from their mandatory quarantine period,” he said.

At Warren Manor, “as a care community we have had a total of 76 residents and 36 total staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19,” Regional Director of Business Management Kerstin Wyman said.

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“At this time 20 of those employees have been cleared to return to work.”

“At this time, we can confirm one positive case among residents and six positive cases among caregivers, respectively, at Kinzua Healthcare & Rehabilitation,” according to a release from Guardian Healthcare. “Residents and caregivers are currently tested twice weekly; it can take approximately three days to receive test results.”

“The safety of our residents and our employees remains our top priority,” according to the Guardian Healthcare release. “Kinzua Healthcare & Rehabilitation continues to adhere to all approved hygiene protocols, disinfection procedures, and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all health care personnel. These measures include isolating residents with a confirmed or suspected case in their individual rooms with their own individual bathrooms and restricting all other residents in their rooms to minimize chances for additional exposure.”

“Kinzua Healthcare & Rehabilitation is currently restricting all visitor access, monitoring exposed staff, and communicating regularly with all appropriate public health care authorities,” according to the Guardian release.

“As always the health, safety, and well-being of our residents is our top priority so we continue to follow all proper protocols to assure our families their loved ones are receiving the best care possible at this time,” Wyman said. “We also will continue to actively monitor our residents and staff daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, are working with our local and state health departments and will continue to test staff and residents as we have throughout this pandemic. We will also update our families and the community on the status of the COVID-19 cases in our care community and appreciate your support, patience and understanding during this time.”

“The Rouse Home is currently testing any symptomatic staff or residents as well as conducting mass staff testing twice per week, and mass resident testing weekly,” according to the release. “The Rouse Home possesses the ability to conduct rapid point of care COVID-19 testing with results available within 20 minutes of testing.”

The Rouse Home has suspended most in-person visits.

“Due to COVID-19 community spread occurring within Warren County and surrounding areas, the Rouse Home has also suspended in-person visitation,” according to the release. “Visits for residents at end of life and residents requiring compassionate care are still permitted provided all health and safety protocols are strictly followed.”

“The Rouse Estate continues to stress the importance of handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask as the best approaches to preventing the spread of COVID-19,” Rouse Estate Marketing Director Kelsey Angove said.

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