Several residents at Shippensburg Health Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19.

Administrator Larry Cottle confirmed the residents have tested positive in a statement released to The News-Chronicle on Tuesday. Those residents have either been hospitalized or isolated from the general population. Cottle did not return an email seeking additional information, including the number of confirmed positive cases, before press time Wednesday.

The statement is as follows:

“As you are probably aware, the COVID-19 outbreak has been particularly challenging for nursing home operators. Despite utilizing the strictest Infection Control Protocols, we find that several of our residents have tested positive for the virus and are either hospitalized or isolated from the general population for monitoring and care. We want to convey our deepest concern

for these residents and wish to assure all residents, employees and loved ones that our center leadership and staff continue in their vigilance to keep our residents and staff safe taking

significant measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

‘The facility staff continues to follow all CDC guidelines, including adhering to all protocols for pre-screening residents prior to admission, ongoing monitoring of all residents, screening of staff, and maintaining compliance with infection control techniques and personal protective equipment recommendations,” the statement continues.

Nursing homes across the country have been hit by the virus, and working to prevent the spread. On April 17, The New York Times reported nearly 7,000 people across the nation either living in or connected to nursing homes have succumbed to the virus, with more than 36,500 residents and staff across the nation having contracted the virus.

Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Carlisle has reported two staff members have tested positive for the virus. 

Samantha Krepps, director of communications with Cumberland County, did not return an email seeking an update and additional information prior to press time Wednesday.

Leslie Ray, communications coordinator with Menno Haven in Chambersburg, said they have had no known cases of the virus in their communities. Ray directed families to their coronavirus information page at: 

https://mennohaven.org/coronavirus/.

For more information on the Shippensburg Health Care Center, visit: https://seniorhealthpa.com/shippensburg-health-care-center/

For more information on Claremont, visit: https://claremontnursing.com/.

 

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