COVID-19 UPDATE: April 14, 2020
The results of the 10 pending tests from Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center include: three additional patients tested positive, and one patient tested negative. Three additional employees tested positive and three tested negative.
This completes the testing of all our patients and employees.
We have received many prayers, thoughts and well-wishes from across Wayne County and West Virginia and they are very much appreciated.
COVID-19 UPDATE: April 13, 2020
We have tested 58 patients and 70 employees at Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. We received 36 positive COVID-19 tests and 18 negative test results from our patient testing. From our employee testing, 30 tested positive and 34 have tested negative. There are 10 test results still pending.
Out of an abundance of caution, Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center tested employees who did not have a known exposure and were not tested as part of the Wayne County Health Department’s (WCHD) evaluation. We made the decision to have all employees and patients tested to identify and prevent further spread of the virus. Extending the testing beyond what was done by the WCHD was important to us.
Dr. Kevin McCann, the Wayne County Health Department’s Health Officer said, “The employees who were tested and asymptomatic (having no symptoms of COVID-19) may continue to work while waiting on the test results.”
We are in regular communication with the Wayne County Health Department and are taking the necessary precautions to prevent further spread of the virus.
“We have received so many thoughts, prayers and well-wishes from our families and our Wayne community. A church prayed in our parking lot on Easter Sunday, meals have been delivered and signs thanking employees for their dedication have been posted in the yard,” said Cindy Cooper, Executive Director at Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. “Thank you to everyone for thinking of us. It means a lot to our patients, our families and our employees.”
Further updates will be provided as they are available.
COVID-19 UPDATE: April 11, 2020
We are saddened to report that a member of our community at Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has passed away. The patient did test positive for COVID-19.
The patient had several underlying medical conditions and did test positive for COVID-19 as a result of our testing with the assistance of the Wayne County Health Department and the West Virginia National Guard.
During the recent pandemic of COVID-19, we are seeing world-wide impact in all walks of life. Many people are affected in different ways throughout this time. This passing for many of our patients is expected and unavoidable without COVID-19. Even if a patient has tested positive for this virus, the overriding issue for our population is their pre-existing conditions, including Alzheimer's, Dementia, and many other terminal conditions. We feel that if a patient passes during this time, the patient's pre-existing conditions are the root cause.
No additional information or details will be released about the individual’s death, the name of the hospital, or city of residence. The Wayne County Health Department is required to report a death in an area where COVID-19 is occurring.
“Our hearts are broken as we continue to identify and combat the virus in our community,” said Cindy Cooper, Executive Director for Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. “We appreciate your respect in allowing time for our family, friends and employees to grieve.”
Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center recently completed testing of patients and employees and are awaiting those results. We will provide further updates as they are available.
COVID-19 UPDATE: April 10, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: April 9, 2020
As a result of the testing we are announcing that seven patients and nine employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had procured enough tests for the rest of the patients and employees; however those test kits were delayed, and Cabell-Huntington Hospital assisted us in procuring test kits immediately.
We are extremely thankful and grateful for Cabell-Huntington Hospital’s support.
The West Virginia National Guard is aiding in collecting test samples to speed up the collection process.
The Wayne County Health Department is assisting in the tracing of the virus and we are following local and state protocols when a positive COVID-19 identification is made. We are in regular communications with the health department, related state agencies, as well as our patients, families and employees.
We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our patients and employees according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the further spread of this virus.
Thank you to everyone for your support, prayers and kind messages.
We will continue to provide updates on our social media pages, and our website at www.amfmwv.com.
COVID-19 UPDATE: April 8, 2020 – Today, a patient at Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being cared for at a local hospital. The family and local health department have been notified and testing will begin in coordination with Wayne County Health Department and the Bureau for Public Health, and the West Virginia National Guard.
“While it is certainly something we expected, nevertheless we are disheartened by this news and empathize with our patients and families during this unprecedented event,” said John Elliot, owner of AMFM. “However, we have been preparing for this for several weeks, and I want to thank our team members for their dedication and commitment to the safety of our patients. We will continue our efforts to stop further spread and protect our patients.”
AMFM’s clinical team began in early March planning for the possible spread of COVID-19 to West Virginia. Each center proactively began screening employees and guests for high fevers, cough and other symptoms of COVID-19. A system of wristbands was provided to those entering the center to track and ensure everyone was screened.
Per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines, we began restricting all visitors. Since then, we are continuing employee screenings and have employees assigned to specific care areas. Additionally, Environmental employees are continuously cleaning commonly touched surfaces (doorknobs, handrails, desk, etc…) during day and evening shifts.
“Please keep our patients, families and employees in your thoughts as we work with our local health departments and stop the spread of this virus,” said Elliot.
We will provide more information on our website and social media as it becomes available.