Madison Valley Manor staff member tests positive for Covid-19

No residents infected

One of Madison County’s nursing homes is currently in outbreak status after a staff member recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

During her weekly update for the Madison County Board of Commissioners on August 24 Madison County Public Health Director Emilie Sayler stated that following the Madison Valley Manor staff member’s positive test two rounds of testing were completed for all staff and residents with no further positive tests.

“Outbreak status is one associated case for the facility,” Sayler explained. “So it’s not terribly alarming, and they do have really great practices in place to protect their residents, but they do have to follow those protocols.”

According to MVM’s administrator Allison Veland, communal dining and activities at the Manor have been suspended and residents are required to remain in their rooms. Compassionate care visits are allowed during outbreak status; window visits are being encouraged as well as phone and video calls.

According to Veland as of August 26, 100% of the Manor’s 15 residents will be fully vaccinated along with 60% of staff.

Testing of unvaccinated MVM staff will occur daily prior to the start of their shift and two more rounds of testing for vaccinated staff and residents will be performed to assure no further spread is present.

According to Gail Nelson, administrator for the Tobacco Root Mountain Care Center, there have been no new cases of Covid-19 at the center which housed 26 residents as of the 24th. Unvaccinated staff there are being tested twice weekly and all others are being tested once a week.

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