PA: Gracedale Nursing Home Worker Has Coronavirus, Northampton County Says

Lehigh Valley Live

by Kurt Bresswin

Mar 28, 2020

An employee at the Northampton County-owned Gracedale Nursing Home tested positive Friday for the coronavirus, county officials announced in a news release.

No resident of the Upper Nazareth Township facility has tested positive, according to the release.

"Gracedale is working with the PA Department of Health and following all recommended protocols," officials state in the release. "An isolation ward has been prepared should any of the residents begin to show signs of the virus.

"Residents and all employees at the nursing home are regularly monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19," the release continues, using the term for the illness caused by the virus.

"All staff and residents have their temperatures checked multiple times a day and every resident has their vital signs, including oxygen saturation, measured at least once a day," officials stated.

The county closed Gracedale to volunteers and visitors on March 11, following Pennsylvania's first two infections from the coronavirus pandemic announced March 6.


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