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Good Shepherd Nursing Home Declared Free of COVID-19

WHEELING — All residents and staff at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling have tested negative for COVID-19, Administrator Donald Kirsch announced Monday after last week’s round of coronavirus testing.

If all tests remain negative, Good Shepherd will be permitted to reopen its building to family member visits.

“If this occurs, we will pick a date to reopen and begin making phone calls to families to set up appointments to visit their loved ones,” Kirsch said.

A worker tested positive for COVID-19 on July 8, prompting the entire facility to be tested.

A week later, a resident and three more workers tested positive for the virus.

Kirsch thanked family members for their understanding and promised to continue to keep them updated. He also complimented staff for using proper infection control procedures, the result of which is keeping Good Shepherd residents safe.

“We plan to be open for seven days of visitation and then closed for seven days so that we can monitor residents more closely during the week of no visitation,” Kirsch said. “We will repeat this pattern as long as everyone remains healthy.”

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