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Another ManorCare-Jersey Shore resident dies to COVID-19 complications

People are recovering, as latest tests show 53 residents positive and 25 negative for virus

JERSEY SHORE –Another resident of ManorCare-Jersey Shore has died from the coronavirus, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr.

That brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Lycoming County to 16, and 15 of them are from ManorCare-Jersey Shore, the coroner said.

There are now 53 residents of ManorCare-Jersey Shore who have tested positive and are being treated in-house for the coronavirus, according to the latest update on Wednesday from Julie Beckert, assistant vice president at HCR ManorCare in Toledo, Ohio.

Beckert said whole-house tests were conducted at the facility earlier this week and there were 53 positives and 25 negatives among the residents.

She said there have also been 14 staff members testing positive. Staff testing is not done on site and those testing positive are sent home to quarantine, she said.

“We have good infection control processes in place. The Department of Health was in the center on Friday and was satisfied with our systems,” Beckert said.

The nursing home has been a hot spot for the virus for several weeks, as a total of 73 patients had tested positive and 15 deaths from coronavirus have been reported at ManorCare-Jersey Shore.

The situation has caused concern for families whose loved ones are living at the facility, and who have contacted the Department of Health and state legislators asking them to look into the high numbers and lack of information.

State Rep. Garth Everett has sent emails several times to the DOH, asking for information. His last correspondence sent to State Secretary of Health Rachel Levine on Tuesday demanded answers immediately.

Everett said Wednesday he received a “non-response” from DOH to his Tuesday email, saying the DOH is aware of the situation at ManorCare and offering a call from Everett to discuss his concerns. The email was from Dave Toth, legislative director of DOH.

Meanwhile, Beckert said, “Our staff wears full PPE and follows our infection control processes to contain and minimize the spread. Unfortunately, the virus is in the community and will get into skilled nursing facilities if community members don’t take precautions seriously.

“Our team is working hard to keep families up to date not only on their loved ones but what is happening in the center. Any new admissions would be restricted to ensure they meet our criteria for admissions, they would also be put on isolation. The majority of our patients come from the hospital where they would have been tested prior to admission. Since we just did additional testing, everyone has been tested who is currently in the center.”

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