COVID-19 cases continue to grow at Princeton Health Care Center

PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – COVID-19 cases at Princeton Health Care Center continue to grow.

According to a release by the Princeton Health Care Center, there are now 70 confirmed cases of COVID-19.   Currently, 25 cases are active among residents, and 16 cases are active among employees.

The WV DHHR is only reporting 33 staff and 33 employees positive cases.

The full release is below:

“We at Princeton Health Care Center have a commitment to caring for others. We are also committed to being transparent, especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic. PHCC is licensed to provide care to 120 residents and currently has 183 employees. Our team members have worked extremely hard to be as transparent with residents, families, employees, and our community.

Cumulatively speaking, since March there have been seventy confirmed cases of Covid-19. Currently, there are 25 active resident cases and 16 active employee cases.

Symptomatic/ confirmed employees are not permitted to return to work until they are cleared through our infection control team, per CDC guidelines.

We have been told by engineers that the Covid virus can be circulated in buildings through centralized HVAC systems. We have taken additional interventions to slow the circulation of air while maintaining acceptable temperature ranges. We have also increased our interventions related to filtration.

The medical needs of our residents are currently being met by Dr. Ryan Runyon, our Associate Medical Director. Dr. A. Amjad, State Medical Officer and Interim Medical Director for the Mercer County Health Department has also been on site and is involved in the medical care of our residents.

Our PHCC clinical team members along with the assistance of Stacey Hicks and the Princeton Rescue squad completed our latest round of mass testing yesterday. We anticipate the remainder of those results to be received over the next three days.

The typical incubation period of Covid-19 is up to 14 days. Therefore, we realize there is a potential of additional positive results. Regardless, we anticipate another round of mass testing to be completed next week.

Members of the WV National Guard have been on site this week. They are performing decontamination procedures within the facility which should be completed today.

PHCC has also entered into an agreement with a leading consulting company who specializes in the mitigation of Covid-19. Their clinical specialists have experience in dealing with Covid-19 throughout WV and Ohio. PHCC has worked collaboratively with them on various projects. We look forward to working with them again as we battle this terrible disease.

We understand that there are other health care facilities who are also experiencing positive Covid cases/deaths. We are asking the public to please pray for all who are impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We thank God for the front-line heroes that put their own lives on the line as they take care of others!”

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