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Parkersburg Care Center employee tests positive for COVID-19

PARKERSBURG – The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and Parkersburg Care Center announced this evening that an employee of the short- and long-term rehabilitation facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The worker originally tested negative in a screening of all employees on July 1 but developed symptoms the next day and was retested, according to a joint release from the Health Department and the facility. The individual had not worked at the center since June 27.

The staff of Parkersburg Care Center is following state recommendations to protect residents and other staff members, the release says. Although there was only one positive test, it is considered an outbreak under state protocols.

All residents were tested today as a precaution.

“Parkersburg Care Center remains vigilant in protecting our patients, residents and staff,” Center Executive Director Ashley Ince said in the release. “The center has been proactively testing everyone in the building as this is a complex virus that is hard to detect and can take weeks to present itself. By routinely testing, nursing homes can better manage the spread of the virus and protect as many patients, residents and staff members as possible.”

The center had one resident test positive at the end of April.

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