Tulsa nursing home employee tests positive for coronavirus

Tulsa nursing home employee tests positive for coronavirus
FILE PHOTO: Residents at some nursing homes are not able to visit with family members because of coronavirus, but one son is still visiting his father every day with the help of a window and some technology. (Dann Tardif/Getty Images)

TULSA, Okla. — A supervisory employee at a Tulsa nursing home tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19, or coronavirus.

The information given by Oklahoma Methodist Manor says the employee tested positive after being off work since early March after coming down with flu-like symptoms.

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“As is our standard practice during flu season, all employees who report any respiratory illness symptoms are directed not to report to duty. No residents are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19," OMM said.

"The employee has not had any contact with any resident in the past 19 days, so the presumed risk of transmission is low. As early as March 2, OMM had already put several protective measures in place, including the screening of all employees for illness.”

OMM says the employee is still quarantined at home with family and has been under a physician’s care since March 10 for their original symptoms.

The employee received a test on March 16 but didn’t get the results until March 24.

“We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to continue our work preventing the spread of this virus. We want to make residents, their families, our dedicated staff, and our community aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are on top of the situation.”