Rolling fields

SUMMERHILL TOWNSHIP — Rolling Fields Elder Care Community has had three additional staff members test positive for COVID-19.

The three additional staff members who were positive had been tested July 17, but the test results weren't returned until the end of last week, Jeremy Rutter said Wednesday. Rutter is the chief clinical officer for Heritage Ministries, the Gerry, New York-based nonprofit that owns and operates Rolling Fields outside of Conneautville.

Those three staff members who tested positive were asymptomatic — or without symptoms of COVID-19, Rutter said.

"They (the staff members) were in the general population and did interact with patients," Rutter said.

The three staff members who tested positive are back to work after completing a 10-day self-isolation period, Rutter said.

Another round of testing on about 250 people — both staff and residents — was done last Friday, Rutter said. 

"So far, those results are all negative, but we're still waiting on about 50 test results that are still outstanding," he said. "We're hoping those all come back negative."

Since late June, Rolling Fields has had a total of 28 positive test results — five residents and now 23 staff members.

All of those who tested positive for COVID-19 were without symptoms, Rutter said.

The five residents who were positive were put into a quarantine ward at the facility and subsequently released following quarantining for more than two weeks.

The 23 staff members all have been able to return to work after quarantining as well, Rutter said. 

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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