Two Employees At The Oaks Test Positive For COVID-19-Brevard NC
Last updated 7/26/2020 at 10:15am
Transylvania Public Health has been notified of two employees at The Oaks who have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees have been removed from the facility work schedule and have been issued isolation orders by the health department. Transylvania Public Health's case investigation has determined that the employees were exposed to COVID-19 outside of work and that these cases are not connected to operations in the facility's newly opened COVID care wing.
"The health and well-being of our residents and our staff members is our highest priority," said Justin Morrison, licensed nursing home administrator at The Oaks. "We are working diligently to adhere to all protocols outlined by the CDC and our local health department as well as meeting and exceeding all regulations."
The Oaks has restricted visitation since the start of the pandemic based on guidance from the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The facility is in regular contact with their suppliers and vendors, as well as their pharmacy providers to ensure the facility has access to the supplies and medications necessary to maintain care for their residents.
"Our Licensed Care Facility Response Team and other public health staff are working closely with The Oaks leadership and our community partners to rapidly identify all cases, prevent additional exposures, and protect the health of the residents and the staff at this facility," stated Elaine Russell, Health Director.
The Oaks has been an active and engaged partner in the Licensed Care Facility Response Team throughout the COVID pandemic. The leadership of The Oaks has been committed to education and training for staff related to the importance of hand hygiene, PPE for residents and employees, cleaning and disinfecting, and other practices.
This is the first "outbreak" of COVID-19 associated with a congregate living facility in Transylvania County. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) defines an "outbreak" as two cases associated with staff or residents in a skilled nursing or assisted living facility, correctional facility, or other group living facility.
Transylvania Public Health will continue to monitor the situation, assist with ongoing testing resources, and provide updated information and education to the staff, patients, residents and families as it becomes available.
"The Oaks is appreciative of all the support we've received and continue to receive during this pandemic," said Morrison. "We will continue to test staff and residents for COVID-19 in a proactive approach."