Two employees and four residents at Corry Manor, 640 Worth St., recently tested positive for COVID-19 and steps have been taken to stop the spread.

"Recently, Corry Manor had two symptomatic employees that resulted in positive COVID-19 test results after seeking medical attention," Corry Manor Administrator Wendy Stockhausen said in a press release. "These employees are off work and will continue to be off work until they are cleared by our facility and their treating medical professional to resume their duties."

After being notified of the two positives, further precautionary measures were taken and included additional testing, which resulted in four positive resident cases, Stockhausen said.

Exposure within the building was reduced by isolating residents to their rooms and implementing isolation procedures for the suspected COVID-19 residents, Stockhausen explained. 

"We want to assure those we serve and their loved ones that our organization has well established infection control protocols, the proper personal protective equipment on hand, and we are experienced in dealing with communicable diseases, like the flu and pneumonia virus, that cause respiratory symptoms like COVID-19," Stockhausen said.

She went on to say the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is partnering with the Manor for an extra assessment of our physical environment, training and infection protocols.

"We are happy to announce PEMA will be at Corry Manor on Aug. 3, 4 and 5," she said. "This organization's involvement will further assist us in delivering the highest quality of care and the safe delivery of our services."

With the health, safety and well-being of the residents and staff held as a priority, their goal is to prevent any further spread within the Manor, she said.

"We have notified all residents, staff and providers and will continue to update all family members with our weekly calls," Stockhausen said. 

The Journal learned from a direct family source who wished to remain anonymous about two phone calls received to relate the information — one on Friday and one on Monday.

A Friday phone conversation with a staff member was to inform family that a nurse tested positive for COVID-19 and steps had been taken to protect everyone at the Manor, including residents and staff.

"If anything happens, they call me right away," the source said.

It was also related through the phone conversation that, at that time, the resident family member was tested for COVID-19 and was negative.

On Monday, a second phone call was received to inform of residents who tested positive. During the call it was related that the source's family member was again tested and found to be negative. 

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper reported Wednesday there are 20 new cases in Erie County including eight at long-term care facilities.

According to the state department of health ZIP code map this morning, the number of cases in Corry is 14.

"People are working very, very hard in this building to try to keep everybody safe," Stockhausen said.

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