Orleans Community Health employee tests positive for Covid-19

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 5 August 2020 at 10:09 pm

Worker in Medina didn’t have contact with patients

MEDINA – Personnel at Orleans Community Health have announced a hospital employee has tested positive for Covid-19.

CEO/Administrator Marc Shurtz, North Wing Administrator Sarah Hallifax Bateman and Risk Manager Joanna Miller made the announcement in a press release today, stating the employee was sent home and is currently on mandatory quarantine. The employee was asymptomatic and is the first positive Covid-19 employee case the hospital has had.

Per the Department of Health guidelines, this puts our North Wing residence visitations on hold for 28 days, the press release said.

“At this time we hope to re-open the North Wing to visitors by the end of August,” hospital officials said.

It is noted that the North Wing just recently opened little more than a week ago for visitation, allowing up to two family members to visit a resident for one hour, while wearing a mask and practicing safe distancing.

The hospital added it is important to note that the hospital employee who tested positive did not enter the North Wing  unit, nor did the worker have contact with residents.

When the North Wing unit is reopened for visitors, hospital staff said they expect to follow the same guidelines and schedule that was previously in place, and they will re-share that information as the time approaches.

The hospital’s visitor policy, which became effective March 13, is still in place, and no visitors will be allowed at Medina Hospital or Lake Plains Dialysis centers in Medina and Batavia. Patients will continue to be treated and will complete a health screening upon their arrival. All staff also completes a health screening daily upon their arrival.

“As we have from the start, we continue to be diligent in the safety of Orleans Community Health’s staff, patients and residents,” Shurtz, Bateman and Miller said. “We are proud to have remained Covid-free on the North Wing and will continue to do everything possible to keep our residents safe.”

Anyone wishing to have communication regarding their care or the care of a loved one can contact Shurtz at 798-8101, Bateman at 301-1151 or Miller at 798-8210.

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