Two confirmed COVID-19 cases at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility
SCHUYLER COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Schuyler County Health Department confirms two residents at Schuyler Hospital's Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls have tested positive for COVID-19.
On Thursday, the health department said one of the residents is not currently experiencing any noticeable symptoms, and has been isolated from other residents. The other resident is experiencing symptoms and has been transferred to Cayuga Medical as a precaution.
“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic both Schuyler Hospital and Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility have implemented and continue to maintain stringent safety measures in compliance with the New York State Department of Health and the CDC guidelines to protect patients, residents of Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, and our employees,” states Rebecca Gould, President & Chief Financial Officer Schuyler Hospital. “It is through these protocols and the testing of staff that occurred this week, that we identified a confirmed COVID-19 case of an employee working at Seneca View. Once the positive test came back, we proactively tested residents of that particular unit where the employee had been working and identified two positive cases among our residents. We immediately notified all of our residents and families to keep them informed.”
The entire unit has been placed in quarantine and residents and staff will be retested frequently until the facility goes 14 days without any new positive cases.
“We will continue to maintain the highest level of safety protocols, including ongoing re-testing of employees and residents, along with aggressive on-going surveillance to minimize the risk of additional cases,” states Dr. Martin Stallone, President & CEO of Cayuga Health. “We are working closely with Schuyler County Public Health and the New York State Department of Health for response coordination and follow-up contact tracing.”
FOR THE LATEST COVID-19 INFORMATION IN SCHUYLER COUNTY: http://www.schuylercounty.us/166/Public-Health