Lincoln County Public Health and Avamere of Newport announced today a resident of the skilled nursing facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident was tested prior to an inpatient procedure and is currently hospitalized offsite for other reasons. They did not have symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of the test.
Avamere of Newport and Lincoln County Public Health have been working closely together since the beginning of the pandemic earlier this year. Cheryl Maccarone, Infection Prevention Specialist at Avamere said on Friday, “We have been very proactive in protecting our staff and patients. We tested all residents earlier this month and all were negative. We have tested all staff and continue to test all staff each month.”
In response to this new case, Maccarone reports the facility immediately tested all residents and staff in the same hall as the patient, and expect to have the results by tomorrow from a private lab in Portland. “Our local healthcare community has worked very hard to protect their staff and residents in our county” said Nicole Fields, Deputy Director of Public Health. “This patient did not have contact with a known case so this is being considered community spread.
The facility took all proper precautions including droplet control, personal protective equipment, monitoring of symptoms, and surveillance testing of staff and residents each week in addition to offering testing to any staff or patient who would like additional testing.” Fields noted that even when doing everything correct, it is not possible to prevent 100% of infection. She emphasized that the systems set up to catch the virus early worked and public health is confident that the facility is able to contain the spread.
Public Health reminds the public that there the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to:
* Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and those who do not live with you;
* Wear a face covering when you cannot maintain this distance;
* Wash your hands frequently with soap and water; and
* Monitor your symptoms. If you feel sick, stay home.
Lincoln County remains in Phase 1 of reopening. The county is also one of 7 counties under the State requirement to wear face coverings. You can find more information about this by clicking here. For up-to-date numbers on cases of COVID-19 in Oregon please click here.
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