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Pinecrest staff member tests positive for COVID-19

No residents with symptoms have been reported as of Monday, July 13

A Pinecrest Community staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, CEO Ferol Labash wrote in a letter to residents and resident representatives on Monday.

Last week, Pinecrest, located in Mt. Morris, performed COVID-19 testing of residents and staff to establish a baseline as recommended by CMS. It received the results of 202 tests and is still waiting for the results on 60 tests.

“Due to patient privacy laws, we are unable to share any further specific information about the confirmed case in our facility, but we have notified the staff member and the local health department,” Labash wrote.

Pinecrest has notified the Illinois Department of Public Health and will work with IDPH to conduct additional testing of staff as required.

“We are following general public health best practices: handwashing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE),” Labash wrote.

Staff has been reinforced to allow for those that are sick to stay home. Essential personnel are being screened as they enter the building and midway through their shift.

Residents with any symptoms will be placed in early contact isolation and droplet protection until a definitive diagnosis is made.

As of Monday, there were no residents with symptoms.

Ill residents will be cohorted together on wing four. Residents will be required to wear masks if they leave their rooms. Resident movement outside of rooms is severely restricted.

“Pinecrest Community originally started by the Church of the Brethren as “Brethren Home,” to care for the elderly and orphans in 1893,” the facility’s website says. “Pinecrest has developed into a vibrant, active community of over 175 seniors living in active-adult cottage homes at Pinecrest Grove, Pinecrest Village independent apartments and homes, Pinecrest Manor intermediate and skilled care living, and Pinecrest Terrace, a state of the art specialized Alzheimer’s/Dementia care center,”

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