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No St. Leonard residents test positive for COVID-19

Six employees at St. Leonard continuing care retirement community have tested positive for the coronavirus. JIM NOELKER/STAFF
Six employees at St. Leonard continuing care retirement community have tested positive for the coronavirus. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

No St. Leonard residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after mass testing at the senior living community, indicating infection control measures protected residents after several recent workers got sick.

The public health measure of mass testing happened after several workers at the Centerville community tested positive for the virus. Out of 615 tests conducted over the last several weeks, six staff members tested positive and are isolating at home.

“We continue to work closely with public health officials to monitor and report any active cases, as well as practice safety measures within the campus to protect both residents and employees. Those measures include restricting visitors, consistently monitoring residents and staff, reinforcement of infection control practices, masks and personal protective equipment with training on its use,” St. Leonard said in a statement.

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Independent living residents will be receiving masks at the end of the week for their personal use to reduce the likelihood of infection.

“We would like to thank the National Guard for their early response and assistance in conducting the required testing, in compliance with the State of Ohio mandate. Also, we thank our Directors of Nursing, Rebecca Harness, RN and Kim Blanton, RN and their respective teams for their diligence in following required protocols,” the company stated.

St. Leonard, part of the CHI Living Communities chain, is a faith-based continuing care senior living community with independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation as well as adult day services.

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