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51 positive cases at ManorCare-Jersey Shore; 18 have recovered

Special to the Sun-Gazette by LANA MUTHLER

JERSEY SHORE — As of Sunday afternoon, there were 51 COVID-19 positive patients in-house at ManorCare-Jersey Shore, according to Julie Beckert, assistant vice president at HCR ManorCare in Toledo, Ohio.

At last count, 17 patients at ManorCare-Jersey Shore have died from the coronavirus, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr.

Beckert said all 51 patients are being treated under airborne isolation precautions, and 18 patients have recovered from the virus, which has been considered a hot spot for several weeks. There have also been more than a dozen staff testing positive and quarantined at home.

“Our staffing levels are good and our supply chain along with the Department of Health have been able to get us the supplies we need. We are adding universal goggles or eye shields along with our universal face mask mandate. This along with our vigilant handwashing and other protocols helps contain and reduce the spread of the virus,” Beckert continued.

State Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said during a press conference Friday that the DOH has been in specific consulation and and guidance and have been working with ManorCare staff every day to try and help. She mentioned that the National Guard might be called to come to Jersey Shore if necessary.

The outbreak at ManorCare-Jersey Shore has caused concern from families whose loved ones are living at the facility and who have contracted the DOH and local legislators asking them to look into the high numbers and lack of information forthcoming to family members of those infected.

Last Thursday night about 75 local residents surrounded the nursing home and held a prayer circle there.

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