PAOLA — Officials at North Point Skilled Nursing in Paola reported Tuesday, June 23, they have learned that an employee of the facility has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The employee last worked on June 16 and had been completing daily wellness checks for each shift they worked. The employee’s last wellness check indicated no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, according to a news release from the skilled nursing by Americare facility at 908 N. Pearl St.
Christena Beer, disease investigator for the Miami County Health Department, said on Tuesday, June 30, the employee who had tested positive has now tested negative, and that all other employees and residents have tested negative as well.
Beer commended North Point for containing the incident to one case. It’s the second time the skilled nursing facility had accomplished that task.
A North Point resident who tested positive for COVID-19 in May made a full recovery and that incident also was isolated to a single case.
North Point said in the release after the June 23 case was reported that per the recommendation of the county health department the facility tested all of its residents and employees for COVID-19. Testing of residents began Tuesday, June 23, and testing of employees started the next day.
The skilled nursing facility is following the recommendations and protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health departments, according to North Point.
All staff members are wearing protective equipment, and residents have been receiving daily wellness checks since March 13, according to the release.
are now being checked every four hours during waking hours for symptoms, according to North Point.
North Point’s administrator will continue to be in contact with local and state health departments, and all residents, employees and resident family members are being kept up to date, according to the release.
The skilled nursing facility successfully dealt with a single COVID-19 case in early May.
A North Point resident who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 8 made a full recovery, and the coronavirus did not spread to anyone else at the skilled nursing facility.
Officials at North Point announced May 16 that all resident and employee tests came back negative, including the resident who previously tested positive and was considered recovered after receiving two negative tests.
The announcement from North Point comes one day after the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) reported a staff member at Osawatomie State Hospital (OSH) had tested positive for COVID-19.
Kansas has 14,443 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 96 counties that have resulted in 1,152 hospitalizations and 270 deaths, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reported as of 9 a.m. Monday, June 29. Miami County has 31 cases, according to KDHE.
Kansas has recorded 162,282 negative tests.
Wyandotte County has the most cases at 2,293, followed by Ford County, 2,006; Johnson County, 1,722; Finney County, 1,540; Leavenworth County, 1,162; Sedgwick County, 1,260; Seward County, 971; Shawnee County, 630; and Lyon County, 489.
In making the announcement Monday, June 22, Department Secretary Laura Howard said it is the first COVID-19 positive case at OSH in either residents or staff.
On Friday, June 19, an employee at OSH reported a positive test result to the hospital’s infection control nurse, according to a KDADS news release. In coordination with the Miami County Health Department, all 11 residents on the unit who were in close contact with the positive employee were being tested, according to the release.
The state hospital also is implementing measures recommended by health officials to try to minimize the risk of the virus spreading, according to KDADS.
For more information on how Americare facilities are addressing the coronavirus pandemic, go to Americare’s website at https://www.americareusa.net/coronavirus.