By: KDKA-TV News Staff
ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) — As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Allegheny County, some of those case counts are coming from a surge at a North Hills nursing home. ManorCare Health Services in the North Hills is reporting 39 new cases of COVID-19 among its residents.
In a letter sent out to families, ManorCare says that they have yet to receive test results for employees and that they are following CDC guidelines strictly. ManorCare also said in the letter that 104 residents tested negative for the virus.
Right now, the facility has a three-tiered system in place to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
Tier one means the facility does not have a positive case of COVID-19 or any pending test results. Tier two means the facility does not have any patients who have tested positive, but do have test results pending. Tier three means the facility has a positive case of COVID-19.
According to ManorCare Health Services, their North Hills location in Ross Township has around 200 beds.
According to data last reported from the Pennsylvania Department of Health on July 27, the facility previously reported less than five cases of COVID-19 among their residents and zero deaths.
KDKA reached out to the facility and the provided a statement that reads in part:
“We are doing everything we can to minimize risks associated with the Coronavirus in our facility. We are in very close communication with our medical director, clinical support team, and local and state health officials. Our employees are working extremely hard and in a challenging environment. They’ve had to think outside the box to keep families and patients informed and connected.”
ManorCare’s North Hills facility is one of 42 facilities in Pennsylvania the company operates.
Information on the company’s website says their Peters Township facility has 22 positive cases of COVID-19.
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