State requires long-term care facilities to return to weekly testing

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Dr. Karyl Rattay talks about how the state is handling outbreaks at three long-term care facilities
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Delaware is investigating the cause of outbreaks of COVID-19 after more than 100 positive cases among residents and staff in three long-term care facilities, two of them in Wilmington.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health, said Tuesday during Gov. John Carney’s weekly COVID-19 said that because of the infections, the state is now requiring all long-term facilities to test all staff members members once a week for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The state had allowed homes that didn’t have a positive case in two weeks to go to a biweekly schedule. 

In addition, in the affected facilities, staff must be screened for symptoms at the start of their shifts, and residents must be screened once a day.

 

The three facilities and numbers of infected include:

  • Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington; 28 residents and 24 staff members 
  • Cadia Healthcare Silverside in Wilmington; 19 residents and less than 10 staff members 
  • Country Rest Home in Greenwood; 18 residents and 14 staff members 

The infections are not a result of visits from outside because none of the facilities have allowed it, Rattay said.

 

The facilities all had adequate personal protective equipment, she said, and no long-term care facility has recently asked the state for help with any.

State epidemiologist are investigating the sources of the infections.

The state also is requiring the three facilities to hold infection control training again.

“There’s a lot of new staff in a lot of these facilities so, again, we’ve just got to make sure as we enter into the flu season that everybody really, really knows how best to prevent infection,” Rattay said.

 

 

 

 

 

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