After 16 people tested positive for COVID-19 at the Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, all of them were tested to help isolate the epidemic. (John Lowe / WSAZ)
“The next step is to find out who is positive and negative,” said the centre’s chief physician, Dr. Jonathan Lilly.
The Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center released a statement on Friday evening after saying it had consulted with Wayne County Health Department health chief Kevin McCann. Here is the statement:
“At the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we have great staff who take care of our patients as if they were their own families. We have dedicated and loyal employees. According to the Wayne County Health Department, if an employee has been tested and is asymptomatic, then they are allowed to continue working while waiting for the test results. We continue to screen employees before entering the center for any symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus. We follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for infection control and provide our team with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). “
Wayne Nursing and Rehab is far from the first long-term care facility in West Virginia to be exposed to the virus, with positive results reported in facilities in Charleston and Morgantown.
The more we can do to try to keep it safe and be sure to keep it outside the facility, the better everyone in the state is, “said Marty Wright, CEO of West Virginia Health Care Association.
Wright says one of the best ways to limit this spread in long-term facilities is to make sure more personal protective equipment (PPE) gets there, which has not been an easy task.
“We find that despite our best efforts, there is just an inability to obtain PPE in long term care and it has become at a level now where if we take no action or find no In other ways in the next few weeks, we “are going to have significant problems,” said Wright.
Dr. Lilly tells us that those who tested positive for COVID-19 are either in self-isolation or hospitalized.