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New COVID-19 cases confirmed at Heritage Place Skilled Nursing facility

Central Peninsula Hospital said three residents and one staff member tested positive

Central Peninsula Hospital announced Sunday that three residents and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 at Heritage Place Skilled Nursing facility in Soldotna.

The four people who tested positive were sampled on Friday and positive results were communicated to the facility on Sunday.

Of the three patients who tested positive, two are asymptomatic and one is symptomatic. All have been placed in isolation. Additionally, three other residents who are not positive, but who had close contact with a resident who tested positive, have been placed in quarantine in private rooms, according to the release.

All other residents have tested negative and will also remain in quarantine. The staff member who tested positive is in isolation at home.

According to the release, three staff members tested positive between Oct. 26 and 30, which resulted in all residents and staff being tested every three days. Testing will continue until there are no positive results from residents or staff.

Since the staff members tested positive in October, Heritage Place has implemented strict conditions that include the closure of common areas, no resident gatherings, no visitors, limited resident traffic throughout the facility and a closed dining room.

Facility staff continue to wear personal protective equipment when caring for residents, with additional PPE supplies given to the facility from Central Peninsula Hospital.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com

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