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Patient Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Howard County Nursing Home

March 15th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has determined that a resident at Lorien Elkridge, a nursing home facility in Howard County, has tested positive for COVID-19. Lorien Columbia, Lorien Hall Assisted Living and Lorien Encore at Turf Valley in Howard County have no cases.

The resident has been hospitalized, and the facility is in the process of notifying all residents, staff and family members. State and local officials will conduct evaluation and testing, as indicated, for residents and staff. MDH has provided infection control guidance and equipment to the facility, and inspectors will be on-site to make sure guidance is being followed. This is the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Howard County. MDH recommends that members of the public who recently visited this facility monitor themselves for symptoms of a respiratory infection including fever, flu-like symptoms, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. MDH reiterates the importance of its guidance for facilities that serve older adults:

  • Restrict access to essential visits only.

  • Restrict activities and visitors with potential for exposure.

  • Actively screen individuals entering the building and restrict entry to those with respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.

  • Require all individuals entering the building to wash their hands at entry.

  • Establish processes to allow remote communication for residents and others.

  • Prohibit all staff from international travel.

Read the Health Department’s guidance to facilities that serve older people here.

Members of the public who have questions about this information are encouraged to call the toll-free MDH hotline at 1-877-319-1525. The call center is available every day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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