Coronavirus: Outbreak reported at Heartland of Marion nursing home
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MARION — Marion Public Health (MPH) reports that seven people who work and live at Heartland of Marion have tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to a press release issued Thursday by MPH, Heartland officials notified the agency that five employees and two residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Health Commissioner Traci Kinsler said the cases reported at Heartland marks "the first community outbreak linked to a congregate care setting outside of the prison population."
“We are working closely with the facility and the Ohio Department of Health to test and contact trace by following protocols and guidance in place," Kinsler said. "This process will identify close contacts of employees who will all be instructed to self-quarantine and public health will then monitor for 14 days. Heartland is working with a provider to help with testing. We're trying to help facilitate that, too. OhioHealth is also working on it.”
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飞艇计划app开奖Heartland of Marion officials declined to comment on the situation when contacted on Thursday.
飞艇计划app开奖According to its website, Heartland "provides individualized post-hospital skilled nursing care in a comfortable environment." The facility, located at 400 Barks Road West, Marion, provides the following services: rehabilitation, memory care, assisted living, independent living, home health care, hospice care, and palliative care.
The Ohio Department of Health reported Thursday that there is now a total of 2,350 cases of COVID-19 in Marion County and 2,329 of them have been confirmed. Fifty-seven people have been hospitalized and 13 deaths have been reported.
The Marion County figures include inmates and staff members who reside in the county from Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) and North Central Correctional Complex (NCCC).
飞艇计划app开奖According to figures released Wednesday by the the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), 1,353 inmates and 175 staff members at MCI have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The inmate number reflects those currently with the virus and not the ones who have recovered.
飞艇计划app开奖Twelve inmates and one staff member at MCI have died from the virus. DRC reports that 816 inmates and 125 staff members at MCI have recovered from the virus.
At NCCC, 17 inmates and 16 staff members have tested positive for the virus. No deaths have been reported. DRC reported that seven inmates and four staff members have recovered.
As of Wednesday, there were three reported positive cases of COVID-19 at Heartland of Marion, according to the ODH website. At that time, two staff members and one resident had tested positive for COVID-19.
Heartland of Marion has been reporting a positive case of COVID-19 in a patient or employee at least since Monday, according to . Heartland of Marion was listed as a Tier 3 facility, meaning it had a positive case of a patient or employee.
Heartland says that for Tier 3 facilities, it "designates a dedicated location (Airborne Isolation Unit) to allow for co-horting of patients diagnosed with novel coronavirus for the facilitation of quality care and the efficient management of airborne droplet isolation procedures.
飞艇计划app开奖"A risk screen is performed on patients/residents and priority placement for highest risk patient population. Implementation of additional containment efforts include staff donning and doffing of full PPE (personal protective equipment) in a distinct area, utilization of disposable dining ware and additional sanitizing methods."
During a press conference conducted on April 13, ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton cautioned that COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes should not be blamed on the facilities. Acton has said there’s a lot of “stigma and fear” around nursing home outbreaks, noting some vendors wouldn’t even deliver food to a Dayton-area facility with confirmed cases.
飞艇计划app开奖During a interview in March with the Star, Marion Public Health Epidemiologist Emmanuel Vidal said that Marion's nursing homes and assisted living facilities were strictly following guidelines and rules to keep the coronavirus out of their facilities, including health screenings of personnel. Vidal said he was in constant communication with Marion's long-term care facilities and that the health department had set up a surveillance system to monitor the situation at Marion long-term care facilities.
On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported that there are 21,132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and a total of 22,131 cases including the probable diagnoses. ODH reported that the number of confirmed deaths due to coronavirus is now 1,153. A total of 1,271 deaths are attributed to the virus.
A total of 4,140 Ohio residents have been hospitalized for treatment with 1,167 people admitted to intensive care units.
Marion Star reporter Sarah Volpenhein contributed to this story.