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Garrett Nursing Home Staff Has Five New COVID-19 Cases

July 1st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The Garrett County Health Department was notified Wednesday of five positive COVID-19 testing results at a long-term care facility in Garrett County. 

Staff of Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home in Oakland, Maryland, have been periodically tested since they were first tested six weeks ago in conjunction with the state initiative to test all long-term facilities. Today the nursing home received confirmation of positive results for five staff members. 

“These cases demonstrate that we have asymptomatic community spread of COVID-19 in Garrett County,” said Dr. Jennifer Corder, Deputy Health Officer for Garrett and Allegany County. “Because these individuals work in a long-term care facility, they were tested, even though they had no symptoms. We can expect that other well-feeling individuals in our community have COVID-19, and for this reason, we remind you to wear your mask, wash your hands and practice physical distancing when out in public.”

Two of the staff who have tested positive are Garrett County residents, while the other three are residents of surrounding countiesand will not be added to Garrett County’s testing result numbers. The Garrett County residents are both female, and are in their 30s or 40s.

These new positives results have increased Garrett County’s total positive cases for COVID-19 to 13.

3 Responses to “Garrett Nursing Home Staff Has Five New COVID-19 Cases”

  1. July 01, 2020 at 11:01 pm, jim said:

    All of these nursing home staff members are required to wear effective masks and additional protective equipment!…and yet here we are


    • July 02, 2020 at 1:28 am, Doc Martin said:

      > You missed the point, Jim. Read your post back. So, while working the nursing home staff did not contract the virus as they were masked. While in the community people are not wearing masks, including staff who may not need to wear masks in their own homes. Thus, there is a community spread. Imagine that. So your point is? Oh, masks protect those around you as the staff did not spread it to the residents of the nursing home. Good point. Wear your mask.


      • July 02, 2020 at 4:14 am, Mark said:

        > Common sense & logic are above Jim’s mental abilities, so he has NO clue what the hell you are saying Doc. And therein is why this virus will be with us for a long, long, time.


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