Two residents of Wyoming County's Skilled Nursing Facility have tested positive for Covid-19, the Wyoming County Community Health System announced Sunday.
According to the WCCHS, the residents have been cared for in isolation since being tested, contact tracing has begun and the source of the infection has not been determined.
The Skilled Nursing Facility is a 138-bed nursing care facility in Warsaw. It is adjacent to Wyoming County Community Hospital.
Skilled Nursing Facility staff reporting for work are being screened prior to entering the facility, while all staff are taking aggressive infection control measures and are using personal protective equipment, the WCCHS said. Enhanced visitor restrictions have been in place since March 18.
New York State Department of Health epidemiology staff is assisting with the contact tracing.
The WCCHS said the New York State Department of Health notified them of the two positive cases Sunday morning.
"The safety of our residents, patients, staff and the community remains our greatest priority," WCCHS CEO Joseph McTernan said in a statement. "I fully recognize that community members will have questions about their loved ones in the WCCHS Skilled Nursing Facility."
The WCCHS advises concerned family members of Skilled Nursing Facility residents to not come to the facility for information.
Family members with questions should contact WCCHS Skilled Nursing Facility staff members Dawn James, an administrator, at (585) 786–8940, Ext. 4701; or Director of Nursing Denise Prusak at (585) 786–8940, ext. 4703.
"All Wyoming County residents should practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19," Wyoming County Health Department Commissioner Dr. Gregory Collins said in a statement. "Please, do not act on information from unreliable sources. Be prepared and take steps to care for yourselves, your families, friends and neighbors."
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