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Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Good Shepherd

WHEELING — The second week of COVID-19 testing at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling revealed that all residents remain free of the coronavirus, although one staff member tested positive.

“The staff member is showing no signs or symptoms of the virus and has left Good Shepherd to self-isolate for 14 days,” Administrator Donald Kirsch said.

It’s the second consecutive week that no resident has tested positive. The latest round of tests included approximately 450 residents and staff.

“Currently, none of our residents or staff have elevated temperatures,” Kirsch said. “In addition, neither group is showing any other signs or symptoms of the virus.”

Good Shepherd will remain closed to visitors and will keep residents isolated for another 14 days while residents and staff are retested.

“Our goal is to have no new cases over that period,” he said. “We ask the community to please keep us in your prayers.”

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 noted that Good Shepherd’s sister facility, the Welty Home, is doing well.

“All residents and staff are fine and have no signs or symptoms of the virus,” he said.

He thanked the residents, staff and families of Good Shepherd and Welty Home for their commitment to keeping everyone healthy.

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