UPDATE 4/6/2020 4:10 p.m.: The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says one staff member at Eastbrook Center in Charleston has tested positive after a combined team from the KCHD, the West Virginia National Guard, Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and Charleston Area Medical Center tested 124 residents and 39 staff members for COVID-19 after a patient tested positive last night. The City of Charleston also provided assistance during the testing process.
The KCHD says staff members were tested using rapid testing and nasal swabs. Residents were tested using only nasal swabs.
“Today we were able to determine in minutes another positive case,” Dr. Sherri Young, KCHD health officer and executive director, says. “When I planned weeks ago to purchase rapid tests and develop protocol for the usage of those tests, we knew that nursing homes would be potential sites for outbreaks. Rapid tests would help identify positive cases in a quick manner to help determine the need for self-isolation. I am using the tests in the best way to protect our first responders and healthcare professionals. Here I was able to order an immediate quarantine which is the only way to stop a community spread in a nursing home setting.”
All nasal swab tests collected will go to CAMC’s lab for results. Results for tests are expected within 24 to 48 hours. The facility is taking all necessary precautions to prevent the further spread of the virus.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Charleston Area Medical Center, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority are sending a combined team to Eastbrook Center on Chesterfield Avenue in Charleston to test approximately 124 residents for coronavirus. The KCHD says 25 staff members will also be tested.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says late last night it learned one of the Eastbrook patients had tested positive for COVID-19.
“As we did with Charleston Gardens, we are taking quick action with the assistance of CAMC and the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority to go into the facility and test all patients of the facility. We are making arrangements to test all staff members as well,” Chief Health Officer Dr. Sherri Young says.
The KCHD says Young conferred City of Charleston and Kanawha County representatives before initiating testing. She says all residents will be tested, but that those who are symptomatic will receive priority.
Young says residents will be encouraged to isolate themselves until they receive the results. The Charleston Fire Department is assisting in transporting the tests to CAMC for processing.
Anyone with questions can call the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department hotline at 304-348-1088.