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COVID spread continues at nursing home

The number of positive cases continues to increase at a second nursing home in Warren County.

In the three weeks of September, Willow Branch Health and Rehabilitation, formerly Raintree Manor, has had two patients and four staff members test positive for COVID-19. 

Its first positive test was that of a staff member on Sept. 2, followed by a second staff member on Sept. 3, and a resident on Sept. 5. Those initial cases were included in the Sept. 13 edition of the Southern Standard. 

Since that time, two more staff members and one resident have also tested positive for coronavirus. 

According to a letter dated Sept. 10 and sent to family members of residents at the facility, two staff members were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Sept. 10. Neither staff member is exhibiting any symptoms. Both staff members tested negative on Sept. 8. One staff member has not worked since Sept. 8. The other staff member did work on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. Neither staff member had any contact with residents either of those days. 

One staff member has been quarantined at home. The other member is working on the COVID unit with COVID positive resident per Health Department guidelines. 

A letter dated Sept. 18 notified family members of a second resident to test positive for the disease and had been moved into the facility’s COVID-19 unit. 

“We are hopeful for full recoveries,” said Mary Alice Stevenson, interim administrator, pertaining to both employees and the resident. 

As required by law, the Department of Health was notified and all government recommendations and regulations are being followed at the facility, said Stevenson.