Christian Care Center of Bristol resident receives positive COVID-19 test
A resident of the Christian Care Center of Bristol nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement from the facility says the individual, who showed no signs or symptoms, received a positive test on April 26th. The facility conducted a second test, which came back negative, and now the person’s third test is pending while they await a response from state officials.
The statement also says the resident is in strict isolation, and no employees within the facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Below is the full statement from the Christian Care Center of Bristol:
“As you are likely aware from news reports, widespread testing of U.S. communities is revealing a much greater infection rate than was anticipated. Current understanding is that a very large number of those individuals actually infected are unaware of that infection as they do not have symptoms. These asymptomatic individuals, though feeling well, are potential carriers of the virus.
Testing of non-symptomatic individuals is not the norm. However, out of an abundance of caution, though not required to do so, under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Vivian Clark, our health care facility elected to test one hundred percent of the residents and staff. Further, we have implemented systematic periodic testing for all staff and residents as a precautionary measure in attempts to reveal as close as possible to real time, any asymptomatic individuals. To our knowledge, we are the only area healthcare facility having strategically chosen to implement initial and periodic routine testing of all staff and residents in a diligent search for infected, but non-symptomatic individuals, though we believe the process will come commonplace.
We have prayed that individuals no individuals who show no signs or symptoms of this virus would materialize from our testing. However, we learned on April 26th that we had 1 resident with no signs or symptoms of this virus test positive for COVID-19. The patient was retested on the same day at the local hospital and her test result was negative. The resident is being tested again with the state lab to confirm a positive or negative result. Currently, this patient has shown no signs or symptoms of illness. The resident is in strict isolation. We have had numerous negative tests results come back, and so far, we have had no positive test results for our employees. Christian Care Center of Bristol is a CMS Five Star Rated and Joint Commission accredited facility and is following CDC and CMS guidelines. Under the direction of our Medical Director, we will continue our diligent efforts working closely with the state department of health.
We covet your prayers, as we along with other providers across the nation contend with the Covid-19 virus.”