UTICA, N.Y. – A staff member at Masonic Care Community in Utica has tested positive for coronavirus.
Robert Raffle, the executive director of Masonic Care Community, says the employee is currently in quarantine.
“We are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Raffle. “We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to contain the spread. We want to make residents, their families, our dedicated staff, and our community aware of this situation and we will continue our efforts to implement and follow precautions and directives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Families of Masonic residents, as well as other staff members, have been notified.
Masonic has been taking precautions, including restricting visitation on March 13, allowing exceptions only for end-of-life situations.
They are also screening employees and taking temperatures before shifts, and at the end of shifts longer than eight hours.
Employees are also following safe distancing measures and wearing face masks during their shifts.