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‘Several’ Masonicare employees test positive

‘Several’ Masonicare employees test positive

WALLINGFORD — Masonicare announced Tuesday that “several employees throughout our various service lines” have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Masonicare operates a senior health care continuum on campuses in Wallingford, Mystic and Chester.

“We want to assure everyone that our employee team members who have tested positive, as well as those awaiting test results, are at home abiding by the CDC quarantine guidelines,” according to a statement. “Additionally, we are carefully tracing all potential exposure risks associated with these cases and communicating any risks to our residents, patients, families, and other staff members.”

Masonicare’s statement did not indicate how many employees were tested, how many tested positive or the departments in which they worked.

Ann Collette, Masonicare spokesperson, said via email Tuesday that two employees from Masonicare Health Care in Wallingford tested positive for the coronavirus and are on leave at home recovering.

“All employees self-reported and were tested by their own providers,” she said. “There was no report of signs or symptoms prior to testing.”

Visitation had already been restricted under an executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont prohibiting the general public from entering nursing homes and residential

Masonicare had implemented daily screenings of all employees and vendors and daily monitoring of patients and required personal protective equipment, such as cloth masks, for all employees and surgical masks for direct care givers.

“We are confident that we can continue to minimize exposure to all those in our care and to all of our employee team members who so tirelessly provide the services and care you’ve come to expect,” the statement Tuesday said.

Questions from the public may be directed to Masonicare’s HelpLine by calling 888-679-9997 or via email at info@masonicare.org.

Masonicare reported the first and so far only COVID-19 death of an Ashlar Village resident on April 6. Two other Ashlar Village residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Masonicare Health Center has not had a resident test positive for the coronavirus, Collette said.

Masonicare has created an isolation unit for residents, “in an effort to provide a safe place for residents recovering from COVID-19 … where they can rehabilitate after their hospital stay,” according to a statement from April 8.

The state has also announced the creation of designated COVID-19 recovery facilities in which nursing home residents hospitalized with the virus can be treated during recovery while freeing up hospital beds for other patients.

A virus recovery facility at the Quinnipiac Valley Center on Kondracki Lane is scheduled to open.

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