Two Cornerstone Health Care Center employees test positive for COVID-19
Cornerstone Health Care Center in Johnson City says two of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a statement, Cornerstone learned of the positive tests on Friday, and says the individuals are currently not working and are at home in quarantine. The facility had previously chosen to conduct testing on all patients and staff regardless of symptoms as well as implement a periodic testing policy when they learned of the two positive cases.
Cornerstone reports none of their patients have tested positive for coronavirus to this point.
Below is the full statement from Cornerstone Village:
“As you are likely aware from news reports, widespread testing of U.S. communities is revealing a much greater infection rate than was anticipated. Current understanding is that a very large number of those individuals actually infected are unaware of that infection as they do not have symptoms. These asymptomatic individuals, though feeling well, are potential carriers of the virus.
Testing of non-symptomatic individuals is not the norm. However, out of an abundance of prudence, though not required to do so, under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Amy Lawrence, our health care facility elected to test one hundred percent of the residents and staff. Further, we have implemented systematic periodic testing for all staff and residents as a precautionary measure in attempts to reveal as close as possible to real time, any asymptomatic individuals. To our knowledge, we are the only area healthcare facility having strategically chosen to implement initial and periodic routine testing of all staff and residents in a diligent search for infected, but non-symptomatic individuals, though we believe the process will come commonplace.
We have prayed that no asymptomatic individuals would materialize from our testing. However, we have learned that on April 24th that we had 2 employees test positive for COVID-19. The employees are currently not working and are at home in self-quarantine. We have had numerous negative tests results come back, and so far, we have had no positive test results for our patients. Cornerstone Village Health Care Center is a Joint Commission accredited facility and is following CDC and CMS guidelines. Under the direction of our Medical Director, we will continue our diligent efforts working closely with the state department of health.
We covet your prayers, as we along with other providers across the nation contend with the Covid-19 virus.”
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