Patients and staff at Wallingford Masonicare test positive for COVID-19

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Fourteen patients and a handful of staff members at Masonicare in Wallingford have tested positive for COVID-19.

Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Ann Collette said those infected have experienced nothing to mild symptoms.

She said they began testing after an employee became positive.

“It was discovered because an employee who was not feeling well went and got tested and tested positive,” Collette said.

According to Collette, 96% of the building’s residents are vaccinated. Everyone who tested positive were vaccinated, which Masonicare believes made a difference.

“It is such a stark contrast to last year when we were seeing people so sick and so many symptoms, respiratory illness, and we are just not seeing that now,” Collette said.

Since there, there have been staff who have been able to return to work after their quarantine period. ALl of the cases have been on the same floor.

“There are 52 residents on the unit, so the remaining residents remain negative. The remaining staff are negative,” Collette said.

Now, weekly testing of the entire staff is being done.

There is no confirmed presence of the Delta variant among the cases at this time.

All employees are required to get vaccinated unless they are exempt for a specific reason.

Governor Ned Lamont hopes other private nursing homes require their staff to be vaccinated.

“But if I see this ramping up, maybe we step in, but in the meantime, I hope they do the right thing,” Lamont said.

Masonicare will do weekly testing until there is no longer any COVID in the building and then for two additional weeks after. After that, they will do antigen testing at any sign of symptoms.

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