In an announcement on April 22nd, Epworth Villa reported that a C.N.A. who worked only on April 15th at Epworth Villa had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
On Wednesday, April 29th, the 14-day quarantine will conclude for those who had direct contact with this C.N.A. Thankfully, none of those who were potentially exposed to the Coronavirus by this C.N.A. have shown any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
On Friday evening, we received communication from an x-ray service provider that a technician who provided services to a small number of residents at Epworth had tested positive for the Coronavirus. The technician provided services on April 14th and April 17th. One resident in independent living will remain in quarantine until, Tuesday, April 28th. Two residents in our short-term rehab, skilled nursing facility will remain in quarantine at least until May 1st. None of the individuals involved, including the x-ray technician, are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
In addition, we are pleased by Governor Stitt’s announcement last week of the plan to test all staff and residents of Oklahoma nursing homes for the Coronavirus by May 28th. We believe this is a helpful step in protecting the most vulnerable in Oklahoma and those who care for them. We await guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the OKC-Oklahoma County Health Department on when testing will begin in the Health Services Households at Epworth, which is licensed area that will be included in this testing initiative.
We continue to pray for those who are in quarantine, asking for God’s protection. We remain focused on fighting the virus. We applaud our staff and residents who have courageously and sacrificially committed themselves to this collective endeavor.
As new information develops, we will provide updates.
President & CEO