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Staff member tested positive Wednesday, county says
Two residents of the county’s skilled-nursing facility in Glen Hazel have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Friday.
Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs said both residents of the Kane Community Living Center were tested after they were running fevers that could not be explained. They remain at the facility in isolation, she said.
On Wednesday, the Glen Hazel center reported that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee in question did not have any direct contact with residents and had not worked since March 19, said Dennis Biondo, director of the county's four Kane Community Living Centers, which include the McKeesport facility at the foot of Ninth Avenue.
Biondo said the Kane centers are actively monitoring residents for signs and symptoms of novel coronavirus, and that when appropriate, medical staff are wearing facemasks, gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who are sick.
“We have been working closely with our local and state health departments to ensure that we are following all guidance,” Biondo said. “We will continue to follow recommendations from the county and state health departments, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Kane is actively screening both residents and personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms, Downs said. The screenings led to the identification of the two cases at Glen Hazel, she said.
Following guidance from the Health Department, Kane will also be testing patients whose rooms are near the two positive residents, she said.
Additional screening of staff who work on the unit will be implemented, Downs said, which will include finding out if any of them have sick family members. In addition, Kane staff will be checked for coughs and sore throats, and fever checks will be conducted on residents at each shift change.
Since March 13, no visitors have been allowed at the Kane centers, except for residents who are nearing their ends of their lives, and all activity by volunteers has been canceled.
Access for all non-essential personnel also has been restricted and all group activities have been canceled, Downs said. Communal dining by residents has been discontinued since March 13, she said.
Originally published March 27, 2020.