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“The veteran was transferred to the Dayton VA Medical Center from a nursing home in the community and placed into contact isolation for an unrelated medical condition shortly before he began exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19,” the VA said in a statement.
The man in his 70s is from Bethel Twp., Clark County and was living at the Koester Pavilion care facility in Troy, health officials from Miami and Clark counties announced Wednesday night.
A woman in her 60s also receiving care at Koester Pavilion is presumed to have contracted the virus and dozens of others are undergoing testing and monitoring.
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“Because proper procedures were followed, the risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low,” the VA medical center said. “The veteran is being cared for in respiratory isolation by staff who are specially trained on the CDC treatment guidelines, including the use of personal protective equipment and infection control techniques.”
Staff who may have been in close contact to the patient are being reviewed by infection control experts and will be contacted to review risk and next steps, the VA said.