An employee at Schoellkopf Health Center, a Niagara Falls nursing home, has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
Patrick J. Bradley, spokesman for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, which operates the nursing home, said the employee is quarantined at home, and all families of residents were informed of the finding Wednesday, in line with state protocols for such instances.
Asked whether any other staffers or residents showed Covid-19 symptoms, Bradley said, "Not that I'm aware of."
He said the worker's positive test result was received Wednesday. He said he didn't know when the employee took the test.
"I don't think we have any further testing planned unless someone is symptomatic," Bradley said Thursday. "We have redoubled our efforts to screen both our residents and our employees at Schoellkopf. For the past 10 or 12 days, anybody reporting to work at any of our locations, on-campus or off-campus satellite sites, gets asked the screening questions at the beginning of their shift and gets their temperature taken."
From now on at Schoellkopf, the screening and temperature will be done again in the middle of every worker's shift, Bradley said.
"We'll also increase our surveillance of the residents at Schoellkopf," Bradley said.
The nursing home has 120 beds but currently has slightly more than 100 residents, Bradley said.
The Niagara Gazette first reported the employee's test result.