Life Care Center of Ooltewah reports 3 COVID-19 positive tests among associates

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OOLTEWAH, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Life Care Center of Ooltewah is the latest senor living facility to report Covid-19 cases.

They say three of their workers have tested positive.

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So far, none of the residents have tested positive.

Management says they are now testing their workers, and informing the residents and their families of the results.

But there is no mention of actually testing the residents.

The associates who tested positive are quarantining at home.

“We understand the virus is still a very real problem, and we remain vigilant. Our residents are also monitored multiple times day and night for any symptoms or concerns. And every associate is also screened when they arrive for work and at the end of their shift, including checking temperature, to ensure no additional sickness is brought into our building.”

So far in our area, we have seen major outbreaks of Covid-19 at the Life Care Center of Athens, NHC in Rossville and PruittHealth in Fort Oglethorpe.

33 people have died at those three facilities.

But several more senior care facilities in our region have reported workers testing positive and the cases have not spread to the clients.

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Here is the full statement from Life Care Center of Ooltewah:

Three Life Care Center of Ooltewah associates have tested positive for COVID-19.

When we received the notification, we notified the state health department and started the process of contacting every resident, resident family member and staff member, to inform them of the positive test.

At this point, no resident or other associate in our building has tested positive for COVID-19. We are conducting weekly tests for associates. In our most recently weekly testing, all associates came back negative except for the three. The three associates who tested positive are recovering at home and will not return to work until the CDC’s guidelines for returning to work after COVID-19 have been met.

We understand the virus is still a very real problem, and we remain vigilant. Our residents are also monitored multiple times day and night for any symptoms or concerns. And every associate is also screened when they arrive for work and at the end of their shift, including checking temperature, to ensure no additional sickness is brought into our building.

We have been and will continue to follow all CMS, CDC and state and local health department guidelines concerning COVID-19. These guidelines include restrictions on the entrance of visitors, family members and vendors. Signage with information on COVID-19 and details about these restrictions is posted on our doors.

Although visitation remains restricted, we’re happy to coordinate phone calls, video chats or window visits. We are staying in consistent communication with the families of our residents, and we always welcome their questions and contact.

We continue to work in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Hamilton County Health Department and the local health department and will follow the guidance they provide. We appreciate their continued support, as well as the support of the Ooltewah community.

 

– Ashley Borja, executive director