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More positive COVID-19 cases at Susque-View

Vaccination underway

LOCK HAVEN — Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise at Susque-View, but vaccines have arrived.

Due to the positive cases in the facility and Clinton County’s community positivity rate, Susque-View Home residents continue to be tested once per week and employees are tested twice per week for COVID-19, according to a news release from Susque-View. According to the release, the testing follows CDC and Department of Health testing frequency guidelines.

The results of the last couple weeks test results have brought the overall total of residents who’ve tested positive to eight, up from six at the end of December. The overall total of staff members who have tested positive is 26, up from 19. Most all the residents and staff were asymptomatic. Without the frequent testing, they may have never known they had COVID-19. Most of the staff members are past their quarantine period and have returned to work, the release said.

Any positive residents are moved to a “red zone” and the nursing unit they’ve come from is a “yellow zone” for at least 14 days. All staff on the yellow or red zones are wearing the recommended PPE, including N95 respirator masks. Any resident who develops symptoms which might be due to COVID-19 is tested immediately with a rapid test in the facility and has a follow up test through a laboratory. Any symptomatic employees are put off work and advised to consult their physician for follow up testing if warranted.

“I’m very optimistic that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Representatives from CVS Pharmacy held the first vaccination clinic onsite Jan. 8,” Susque-View administrator Jamie Aurand said in the release. “A total of 97 residents and 82 staff members received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. No one who received the first dose suffered any adverse side effects, with most just reporting a sore arm for a short while. They will return Jan. 29 to complete the two shot series or provide the first dose to new residents and any staff who have changed their minds about being vaccinated.”

According to the release, face-to-face or window visits are still not allowed at this time. Virtual visits via Skype continue to be available. To schedule a virtual visit, please call 570-893-5941.

The Susque-View Home COVID-19 Hotline (570) 893-5841 and Susque-View’s Facebook page will continue to be updated as information changes.

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