UPDATE: Sundale physician gives insight to concerns surrounding coronavirus spread

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UPDATE (March 23, 2020 10 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After receiving multiple complaints by family members concerned for their loved ones health, 12 News reached out to officials at Sundale Nursing Home to find out why only a small number of employees and residents on the first and second floors of the east wing were being tested.

According to Dr. Carl Shrader, a physician at Sundale Nursing Home, COVID-19 tests were only administered to those who were residents of the east wing or in direct contact of the patient who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Shrader also stated that WVU Medicine and Mon Health provided all of the resources needed to test employees and residents.

Depending on the results of those who are currently being tested will determine if more tests are needed.

As of now, employees are recording the vitals of every resident, every four hours and new tests could be administered as soon as tomorrow, according to Schrader.

Sundale Nursing Home is working closely with WVU Medicine Command Center, DHHR and the National Guard.


ORIGINAL (March 23, 2020 1:03 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A resident at a nursing home in Morgantown has tested positive for Coronavirus on Sunday.

According to officials with Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown, the resident was sent to Ruby Memorial Hospital on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. after showing signs of the disease, and a positive result was returned at 4:00 that evening.

Those with contact with the resident whose test returned positive have been taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital and placed into isolation until test results return, according to Sundale officials, and employees with contact with the individual were told to self-quarantine until such a time that coronavirus tests can be returned for them.

After receiving the positive result, officials with the nursing home said that they contacted OFLAC — who, in turn, contacted the statewide department of health and human resources — as well as the Monongalia County DHHR.

Officials with Sundale received a call from Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive dean for Health Sciences at WVU, who said Gov. Jim Justice had mobilized the national guard to come to the nursing home to perform tests on the rest of the residents of the facility.

Ten days prior to receiving the positive result, officials with the facility had implemented CDC guidelines for nursing homes by eliminating visitation, communal dining and group activities.

Officials with Sundale said they have received a lot of help from the community, state and county after being the first nursing home in the state to have a positive case of coronavirus, and that Ruby Memorial and Mon Health hospitals have both donated 30 COVID tests each, and that the Department of Family Medicine at University Town Center donated 12 tests.

With the experience they’ve gained from working with Justice, Marsh, Dr. Lee Smith, the national guard, WVU Medicine, Mon Health and Dr. Carl Schrader, officials with Sundale hope to be able to assist other nursing homes should their residents also test positive for coronavirus.

The resident who tested positive is currently being treated in an isolation facility in Ruby Memorial Hospital.

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