WATERTOWN, NY — On Wednesday, July 22, Samaritan Health received notice one staff member at Samaritan Keep Home tested positive for COVID-19. This is the same staff member that tested positive on May 13 and June 3.
All along, the staff member has been asymptomatic and was unaware they had the virus yet again. After the first and second positive result, the staff member was quarantined at home for 14 days. The staff member returned to work and was tested on June 15 with a negative result. The staff member was tested for three more weeks after this, all with a negative result. They will again be quarantined for 14 days and retested before they return to work. This staff member has limited resident interaction.
“This impacts our new limited visitation plan that was recently submitted to the New York State Department of Health. We were going to announce this new limited visitation plan for Keep Home residents, but now, for the safety of our residents and as required by the state, we must go 28 days without a staff member or resident testing positive for COVID-19. We will continue to work with families for virtual and window visits, as we have been all along.”
“We have performed over 7,600 COVID-19 tests on all Samaritan long-term care staff members, with only seven total positive results so far. Three positives have come from this one staff member. In May, we tested residents at Samaritan Keep Home who were willing to be tested and all were negative. We’re confident the additional precautions staff have been taking, including wearing masks and regular, deep sanitization of the facility, have greatly limited exposure.”
Samaritan is taking this new development very seriously and following all New York State Department of Health directives regarding testing and contact tracing to minimize exposure.
Samaritan has notified resident families.