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Slowing the COVID-19 spread in Mercer County nursing homes

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MERCER COUNTY, W. Va. (WVVA) - Several Mercer County long-term care facilities are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the West Virginia DHHR website.

Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is reporting more than 70 active cases, according to the DHHR.

The facility issued a statement; Executive Director Laura Wiley said in part: "As COVID-19 cases have increased throughout Mercer County and West Virginia, it is having a significant impact on skilled nursing centers."

But the facility said it is working hard to fight the spread inside its facility. The statement said: "When we identified our first COVID-19 positive patients, we moved those patients and began caring for them in negative air flow isolation areas. We continue to test all patients and employees to identify and isolate possible cases of the virus. Employees quarantine at home while recovering."

The state said it is offering assistance and monitoring the situation closely.

"We basically speak with them daily, if not, every other day... also offer them assistance with infection control policies and other strike team recommendations," Dr. Ayne Amjad, West Virginia State Health Official said. "If we have to, we visit them as well. They are using the monoclonal antibody treatments."

Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation said despite best efforts, there have been some COVID-19 related deaths.

The statement said: "We are saddened for our five patients who have passed away. Our hearts are broken, and our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends."

The facility said it will continue its strict isolation policy with the hope of seeing its case number decline.

Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation has administered the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to its patients and employees. It is now offering the vaccine to people who did not originally participate.

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