Lewis County nursing home residents test positive for coronavirus

Lewis County nursing home residents test positive for coronavirus
Nursing Homes and COVID-19 (Source: MGN Online)

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Two Lewis County nursing home residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials with the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility made the announcement Monday.

They say the residents are asymptomatic at this time and have been retested to verify the results.

“Our focus is on ensuring the safety and well-being of the residents and staff members, and we continue following proper infection control measures to ensure their safety and well-being,” stated Gerald Cayer, Chief Executive Officer at Lewis County Health System.

As a result of the positive tests, the staff immediately initiated the appropriate protocols for positive COVID-19.

This included isolation of the residents and initiating contact and droplet precautions as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health.

The nursing staff and environmental services are taking every recommended action to protect residents and employees. Some of these actions include daily monitoring of residents for the onset of symptoms, weekly testing of residents and staff, and suspension of in-person and window visits until RHCF has gone 14 days without a new onset of a COVID positive test result.

All residents, family members and staff were notified of the confirmed positive cases, along with Lewis County Public Health and the NYSDOH.

“The NYS Department of Health is anticipated to make an on-site visit to evaluate and validate the infection control protocols,” said Cayer.

Workers will continue to be screened at the start of their shift and tested weekly for COVID-19 in compliance with state directives.

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