WATERTOWN, NY — On Thursday, June 18, Samaritan Health received notice one staff member from skilled nursing at Samaritan Summit Village tested positive for COVID-19.
The staff member was asymptomatic, exhibited no outward signs of being ill, and was unaware they had the virus. Since March this employee has tested negative eight times, until receiving this positive result on June 16. This staff member did not travel and was not aware of being exposed to the virus.
The employee who has tested positive will quarantine at home for the recommended 14 days. Any residents or staff members that employee came in contact with will be notified and screened for COVID-19 symptoms diligently.
This is the first positive test result at Samaritan Summit Village and up to this point no residents of Samaritan’s long-term care facilities have tested positive.
Samaritan has performed over 4,600 COVID-19 tests on long-term staff members and have had only five positive test results from four staff members.
Samaritan is taking this new development very seriously and following all New York State Department of Health directives regarding testing and contact tracing to minimize exposure.
Samaritan has notified resident families.