CELINA- (5-20-20) The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County increased in recent days due in part to a cluster of cases identified in an area long term care facility. The Gardens at St. Henry has tested several residents and staff.
Several residents and staff members were confirmed to have COVID-19 through laboratory testing. As required by the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Orders, the facility is contacting family members and guardians of those residents involved. There are now 22 cases of COVID-19 connected to the outbreak at The Gardens at St. Henry. There are 11 confirmed staff members, 10 residents, and 1 previous resident. There are 2 pending results.
In an earlier email to the Outlook, Kristy Fryman of MCHD, replied to a request on the current situation at Celina Manor.
The MCHD announced there was an employee at the Celina Manor that was confirmed to be ill with COVID-19 in our May 12 press release. The MCHD has been and will continue to be in constant communication with all long term care facilities in the county.
Long-term care facilities are at a higher risk of communicable disease outbreaks because of the close proximity of the residents and staff, as well as the underlying health conditions that many of the residents may have. The Mercer County Health District (MCHD) has been working with The Gardens at St. Henry to contain the spread of COVID-19 through isolation of those who are ill and contacting those who may have been exposed.
The staff at The Gardens has been working diligently to care for the physical and emotional well-being of their residents and updating MCHD on a regular basis. Recently, The Gardens has established a designated COVID-19 area in the facility. This is expected to help contain the virus. The MCHD and The Gardens have communicated frequently with one another during this time. Together we ask that you respect the privacy of the residents, families, and staff as we all work through this pandemic.
The Ohio Department of Health is now providing weekly updates of cases of COVID-19 related to long-term care facilities. This is updated each Wednesday afternoon, with data that is provided by the facility or the health department on the Tuesday before. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/long-term-care-facilities/cases.
All residents are advised to continue with measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It is also important to monitor for symptoms and call a healthcare provider if you begin to show signs or symptoms of the disease.