Crow Agency nursing home worker tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 2:34 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 16:34:56-04

An employee at a nursing home in Crow Agency has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Awe Kualaawache Care Center (AKCC) announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that the employee was asymptomatic and has not had any contact with other residents or staff for 90 hours.

The employee is being quarantined for 14 days will not be allowed back to work until he or she tests negative for the disease twice, according to the nursing home.

AKCC has been conducting another round of testing of employees Monday and Tuesday.

Health officials with the state, Big Horn County and Indian Health Services have been conducting tracing to determine contacts of the employee.

The nursing home has instituted the following rules to protect against COVID-19 spread:

  • Screening staff for signs and symptoms of respiratory infection, such as a fever, cough, and sore throat.
  • No entrance if employee has had contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19.
  • Restricting visitation from the public
  • AKCC Health care providers (HCP) who have signs and symptoms of a respiratory infection cannot report to work.
  • Any staff that develop signs and symptoms of a respiratory infection while on-the-job, should:
  • Immediately report to your supervisor or HR. Put on a facemask, and self-isolate at home;
  • Inform the facility’s infection preventionist, and include information on individuals, equipment, and locations the person came in contact with;
  • Contact and follow the local health department recommendations for next steps (e.g., testing, locations for treatment).

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