The state is delaying a move to temporarily designate a Wilmington nursing home as a COVID-19 recovery facility after testing revealed that almost half of the residents slated to vacate the home had tested positive for the coronavirus.
AdviniaCare at Wilmington said in a press release that 51 out of the 98 residents at the nursing home tested positive for COVID-19, despite being asymptomatic. The residents are being isolated and will receive specialized care from a team at Partners HearthCare, according to Pointe Group Care, LLC, the operator of the home.
“To say we are surprised by the findings would be an understatement,”Chris Hannon, Chief Operating Officer at Pointe Group Care, said in a statement. “Considering how aggressive we have been, this points to how insidious this virus is; we are fighting an invisible enemy. We are ensuring that residents with the illness get the specialized care and support that they need.”
Chuck Tsun-Zhi Pu, Partners HealthCare’s medical director for population health, said in a statement that the testing protocol put in place at the Wilmington home prevented further spread of the outbreak.
“It makes clear the challenging clinical circumstances that we are all operating under, and the important role that testing plays in battling this pandemic,” he said.
The home had been following all state and CDC guidelines since the onset of the pandemic, according to the company. The 142-bed skilled nursing facility was going to be used by the state to treat recovering coronavirus patients.