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10 residents at Catholic Health nursing home test positive for Covid-19

Ten residents at St. Catherine Labouré Health Care Center, a long-term care facility at Sisters Hospital, have tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement released by Catholic Health System.

Seven of the 10 residents showed symptoms at the time of diagnosis, according to Dr. Kevin Shiley, Catholic Health's medical director of infection prevention and control. The remaining cases were detected as part of rapid testing at the 40-bed unit aimed at ensuring all potentially pre-symptomatic cases were identified before any additional transmission could occur. Only residents were tested because of what Catholic Health called the low rate of positive cases within the unit, according to the statement.

Affected residents were placed in an isolation zone within the facility to help prevent additional transmission. Two of the 10 positive residents were transferred to area hospitals, with one returning to St. Catherine’s Tuesday and the other expected to return on Wednesday.

The families of all the residents in the facility have been contacted.

Catholic Health has reported 66 positive Covid-19 cases at its Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park and said its two other nursing homes – McAuley Residence in Tonawanda and Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV in Lackawanna – do not have any cases.

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