COVID-19 outbreak reported at nursing home

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 4:36 PM EDT
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - The Lawrence County Health Department says there is a COVID-19 outbreak at Harbor Healthcare of Ironton.

The health department made the announcement Thursday.

Officials with Harbor Healthcare of Ironton says they have multiple cases of the coronavirus, but they are still conducting tests for staff and residents.

The health department says they are working diligently with nursing home administrators and ODH to help stop the spread of the virus within the facility. A thorough investigation with contract tracing is being conducted.

According to the Lawrence County Health Department, residents who have tested positive have been isolated and temperatures are being taken twice daily.

Harbor Healthcare staff are monitoring all residents for signs and symptoms of the virus. Testing of residents and staff is also being done.

The staff is continuing to follow CDC/ODH guidelines, including hand-washing, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and wearing masks and other appropriate PPE.

The Lawrence County Health Department says these residents are among the most vulnerable in the community and their safety is top priority for Harbor Healthcare and for the Lawrence County Health Department.

Rosemary McCarty lives next to the nursing home and got to know many on the staff well, as her mother spent the last couple years of her life there before dying in 2019.

“I hope they’re OK, because they’re wonderful people,” McCarty said. “The ones who took care of my mom were wonderful. My daughter-in-law has a grandmother down there now, so it’s really scary.”

Scotty Russell’s father also lived next to the nursing home and spent the last weeks of his life there, dying in January, a couple months before the pandemic hit.

“The caregivers did a wonderful job when my dad was there,” Russell said. “This facility has been here many years. These are all people who live in our community. When they have to go through this, it makes it tougher. It makes it tough for their families, because they don’t know what they’re taking home.”

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