Another round of testing to begin at Princeton nursing home Wednesday

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Another round of mass testing is set to start Wednesday at a Mercer County nursing home that has been the site of an outbreak of COVID-19.

Princeton Health Care Center Administrator Stefanie Compton announced the testing on the center’s website Tuesday. The Princeton Rescue Squad will assist the center and officials hope the testing can be completed by Friday.

Cochran said the results will be used to develop the home’s plan to readmit some residents who have been hospitalized or taken temporarily to other facilities because of the situation at Princeton Health.

“We have to be able to meet the needs of our residents. Many of our staff members remain unable to work due to illness. Therefore, we continue to be unable to accept admissions/readmissions at this time,” Cochran wrote. “Our team is in the process of developing a plan in order to be able to safely begin to accept readmissions of our residents that are currently out in other health care settings. Readmissions will be given priority before ever considering new admissions. We miss our residents as much as they miss us and we want them to return home safely.”

The state Department of Health and Human Resources told MetroNews Tuesday that 33 staff and 33 residents have tested positive for the virus. Nineteen people connected to the Princeton Health Care Center were hospitalized as of Monday. Three deaths have been linked to the home.

Cochran said staff members cannot return to work until they are cleared through the home’s infection control team following CDC guidelines.

“Our team is working hard to care for our residents that remain at our facility. We are also trying to care for our staff members who are tired, scared, sad and some that have also become ill. We all want to be here taking care of our PHCC family members. However, any staff members that are currently fighting Covid are not permitted to work and have been given the directive to stay home and follow the guidelines as outlined by us and health officials,” Cochran said.

The center employs 183 people.

State DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said Monday that 16 residents of the home were taken to the hospital Sunday night. Cochran explained Tuesday the need surfaced after some on-site testing.

“The outcome of some of those tests prompted the immediate need for additional testing that is only available in an acute care (hospital) setting,” she said.

Cochran asked the community to pray for all who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a veteran in the healthcare field, I can assure you that Covid-19 is like nothing we have ever seen or experienced,” Cochran said. “I originally said it changes by the hour and what I should have said is that, it changes by the minute!”





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