Staff member at nursing in home in Grants Pass was positive for coronavirus

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Human Services says a nursing home in Grants Pass had a staff member who tested positive for coronavirus.

We’re told the employee has since recovered and can return to work.

“When either a staff member or resident has a suspected or confirmed case of covid-19, the facility puts in place a number of infection control measures,” said Elisa Williams with the Department of Human Services.

She says the agency is working with Oregon nursing facilities to protect staff and residents from coronavirus.

“We’ve worked with them on what we call an executive order, and that order puts in place extra precautions at the facility to ensure that the virus is well-contained,” said Williams.

DHS says that includes signs at all entrances and exits, so everyone is aware of what’s happening.

The administrator at Laurel Hill, which specializes in both long and short term care, declined to do an on camera interview.

He tells NBC5 News the staff member is healthy now and coming back to work on Thursday.

They randomly tested many staff and residents and he says no more cases were found.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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