A Third party health care provider for Manor Care tested positive for COVID-19

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A Third party health care provider for Manor Care tested positive for COVID-19 following a visit to the facility, according to a staff member at the facility.

Wilmington (DE): Julie Beckert, a Manor Care spokesperson confirmed to Delaware Newsline that the positive case involved “A Third party health care provider.” “We are testing and monitoring but we don’t have any test results back. We have isolated those at risk and contacting families.”, Beckert said.

To protect personal health information, the Department of Health will not confirm specific information about any individual case,  even if other persons or entities disclose it independently. However, a spokesperson did confirm that the Department of Health do have a report from that facility but was unable to elaborate further.

Manor Care North is located at 700 N. Foulk Road in Wilmington and provides individualized post-hospital skilled nursing care as well as long term care.

A few weeks ago, Manor Care stopped visitations from family and friends who have love  ones in the facility out of an abundance of patient and staff safety.

Beckert released the following statement: “COVID-19 has impacted the world in which we live and healthcare in an unprecedented way. Many providers and facilities in the post-acute healthcare industry have been impacted by COVID-19. We are determined to protect the safety and health of our patients and employees to our fullest ability by following all CDC guidelines.”

“At the direction of our medical and clinical experts, we have implemented precautions based on CDC guidelines to minimize risk to patients and employees and designed to prevent and contain COVID-19 in our facilities. This includes regular screening and monitoring of all patients and employees for symptoms of COVID-19 and isolating or quarantining anyone who may be a higher risk or have been exposed. The health and well-being of our patients is the primary focus of our employees.”

“Our employees are going above and beyond to compassionately care for patients and reassure families in this unprecedented health crisis impacting the world. They truly are helpful, caring, and responsive heroes.”

“Whether we have a COVID-19 positive case, can get tests, are waiting for test results or have patients who may need additional monitoring, we manage the risk at the same level of intensity and commitment by adding enhanced monitoring and screening as well as putting into place isolation practices for patients or quarantine for employees.”

“We communicate directly with employees, patients and their families if they are affected or if there is a risk of exposure in our facility. This information is constantly changing. We are happy to address any concerns or questions employees, patients, families and vendors have directly with them.”

As of today, there are 1,625 positive cases in Delaware. Out of the 1,625 cases, 880 are in New Castle County, 281 are in Kent County and 464 in Sussex County.

35 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The most recent deaths involve a 33-year-old female resident of a long-term care facility in Sussex County who had underlying health conditions and an 88-year-old female resident of a long-term care facility in Sussex County who had underlying health conditions. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 33 to 96 years old.

There are now 19 care facilities in Delaware that have reported a total of 97 positive COVID-19 cases involving residents/patients or staff. Twenty-one deaths have been related to long-term care facilities, including 18 in New Castle County and 3 in Sussex County. To protect the health privacy of residents, patients and staff, the Department of Health will only identify facilities with multiple cases. The 14 facilities with multiple positives cases are:

Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark
HarborChase of Wilmington
Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City
Forwood Manor, Wilmington
Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center, Wilmington
Country House, Wilmington
MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital, New Castle
Atlantic Shores Rehab and Health Center, Millsboro
Genesis HealthCare Milford Center, Milford
Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle
Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna
Shipley Manor, Wilmington
New Castle Health and Rehabilitation, New Castle
Delaware Psychiatric Center, New Castle

The facilities with more than one death are: Little Sisters of the Poor (11); HarborChase (2); New Castle Health and Rehabilitation (3).

Currently there are 201 people hospitalized throughout the state and 51 are critically ill. 213 people have made a full recovery from COVID-19.

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