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WV National guard testing St. Albans nursing and rehabilitation center patients for COVID-19

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The Kanawha-County Health Department says the West Virginia National Guard is tested 75 patients on-site at the Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans for COVID-19. April 15, 2020 (WOWK 13 News Staff Photo)

UPDATE 4/15/2020 6:30 p.m.: This evening, the Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans released a statement on the on-site COVID-19 testing this afternoon with the West Virginia National Guard.

A collaborative approach is imperative in tackling this terrible virus. The National Guard visited Riverside Healthcare Center today to test cooperative residents and staff. They found the Center was taking the appropriate measures to protect all residents. Upon receipt of the test results, the Center will first inform the designated resident representatives, before making the general figures available to the wider public.

We know that this is an unsettling and scary time for our residents and their family members. We understand and greatly appreciate family members’ concern for their loved ones and are doing all we can to keep our residents safe and protected. We are in the process of contacting the resident representative of every resident in our Center to keep them informed of their loved one’s condition as it evolves. We will continue to update family members in the coming days as new information becomes available or as circumstances change.

Our absolute top priority is the safety and care of our residents, and we are taking significant measures to prevent the spread of the infection, including:

• Providing appropriate PPE, taking heightened precautions and adhering to protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

• Communicating with our local health department to prevent exposure and to protect all our residents and staff at the Center.

• Before every shift, we assess the health of our staff and screen all staff members for respiratory illness, which includes a temperature check.

• Restricting visitation at this time based on guidance from the CDC and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

We are closely following the guidance of the CDC and will continue to be transparent with all information released to the authorities, family members and the wider public while maintaining the dignity and privacy of each of our residents. We appreciate the continued dedication of our healthcare heroes, the long-term care community, and the agencies and associations that support us in our efforts.

Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – The Kanawha-County Health Department says the West Virginia National Guard is currently testing 75 patients on-site at the Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans for COVID-19.

The KCHD says the testing comes after one patient of the facility was hospitalized for COVID-19 and others had symptoms of the disease. Onsite staff members are also being tested. Arrangements are being made to test other staff members.

Dr. Sherri Young, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department health officer and executive director, is assisting the Guard by running the incident command for testing. Monica Mason, education director for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, is also on-site at incident command.

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