Minnie Hamilton CEO Steve Whited said, "I would like to provide you with an update on the situation at Minnie Hamilton Health System Nursing Home regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority.

Minnie Hamilton Health System has been performing COVID-19 screening weekly on all staff and residents of the long-term care unit as a precautionary measure to keep our residents and staff safe.

Whited said a positive result was reported for a nursing home employee that was screened on August 17th, 2020. The employee will be on a leave from work for a minimum of 10 days per state guidance.

Minnie Hamilton Health System is taking all necessary precautions and will treat the situation per guidance from state and local officials. All nursing home residents and it’s staff will be continue to be tested weekly.

Minnie Hamilton Health System is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

• Enhanced infection control precautions

• Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms

• Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building

• Testing nursing home staff and residents for COVID-19

• Postponing or carefully limiting communal activities including social distancing and other infection control precautions.

Due to government privacy requirements, MHHS cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

"This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus," Whited said.

Please contact office directly for additional information, concerns, or questions at 304-354-9735 or email stephen.whited@mhhs.healthcare