Manor Care resumes visitations after employee break-thorough case

The facility, located at 700 N. Foulk Road in Wilmington, sent an email alert out to all residents family’s point of contact Friday afternoon.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Manor Care has announced today that visitations are allowed after they completed testing on all staff and residents which were all negative.

Late last week, Manor Care has paused visitations at it’s North Wilmington location after a fully vaccinated employee tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The facility, located at 700 N. Foulk Road in Wilmington, sent an email alert out to all residents family’s point of contact Friday afternoon.

“Unfortunately while conducting our bi-weekly staff testing according to the Department of Health’s guidelines, we have identified a positive COVID-19 staff member.,” Said a source familiar with the case., “This staff member is vaccinated. They have been removed from the facility and are at home quarantining at this time.”

The source, who could not be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the media stated that the facility is following all CDC protocols regarding visitation, screening, monitoring, masking, quarantine, and isolation for any patient, resident or center staff who either test positive or are at a higher risk for exposure.

As a result of the positive case, Manor Care has stopped all inside and outside visitation while they complete the first round of outbreak testing on all staff and residents. If all staff and residents test negative for COVID-19, visitations can resume both inside and outside per the facility’s designated visiting hours/guidelines.

The visitation pause comes less than sixty days following an update from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) updated its guidance to Delaware’s long-term care facilities back in May following federal recommendations that allow for expanded indoor visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance was sent to the state’s 86 long-term care (LTC) facilities; it can be found here.

The updated guidelines follow the release earlier in May of revised visitation recommendations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to reductions in COVID-19 infections and transmission and increased vaccination rates in the nursing home population.

“As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decrease in Delaware and our vaccinations increase, we know that families and close friends of residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are eager to have in-person indoor visitation with their loved ones once again,” DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik said at the time. “We are pleased that our Division of Health Care Quality and Division of Public Health have come up with a reopening and visitation plan that supports long-term care facilities in making that happen.”

Of the 2,778 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, 760 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The facility is hoping to resume visitations by next week and say family members of loved ones will receive a follow-up notification once they are able to resume visitation.

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