The skilled nursing facility, which offers long-term rehabilitation and care for senior citizens, has roughly 110 residents and 130 employees.
Of five workers recently tested for COVID-19, three were negative and two had positive results and are not working at the facility, Stratmann said.
Although 20 residents were exposed to the workers and/or showed some COVID-19 symptoms, only five were tested in part because "tests are not widely available," he said.
All five tests showed negative results.
The other 15 residents are receiving care in isolation.
"We are treating them as if they are positive (for COVID-19)," Stratmann said.
County health officials reported Saturday that two employees and one resident of a nursing home had tested positive for COVID-19, but didn't name the facility.
The CommuniCare Family of Companies, a family-owned business, has roughly 90 facilities in seven states, including 18 in
The company also owns
Stratmann said the company has been getting a lot of phone calls about potential COVID-19 cases.
He's happy to answer questions.
"The whole health care sector is in this together," he said. "This is something that's touching every one of us."
COVID-19 is a public health crisis, Stratmann said.
"We're being very transparent about it," he said of providing information. "We have no reason to hide behind this."
Apparently, ACHD officials disagree.
Despite repeated requests from the
That said, ACHD in the past has chimed in on locations where bed bugs were found, and currently lists on its website reports with the names of food service businesses that it inspects.
Despite Hogan's recent order that
That statement seems to overlook the governor's reason to study a disturbing, disproportionate impact the disease has shown particularly in African Americans.
In February, the
The document states that HIPAA protects the privacy of patients' health information but is balanced to ensure that appropriate uses and disclosures of the information "still may be made when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation's public health, and for other critical purposes."
HIPAA does not allow a care provider to release individual demographic information, but the key word there is "individual," according to a Poynter report.
"That is why hospitals can, for example in the case of a mass shooting, say how many people were admitted, went to surgery and were treated and released," the report states.
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