Two retirement home employees test positive for Covid-19, no residents exposed according to facility

By Adam Strunk

While two Asbury Park employees did test positive for Covid-19, they were never in contact with residents during the virus’ incubation period.

That’s according to Norm Forbes, Director of Nursing at the long-term care facility in Newton.

Both staff members have not come into contact with residents,” he said.

Forbes said that the Newton campus remains Covid-19 free and there have been no other cases with employees or residents.

He said one of the people who tested positive hadn’t worked at the facility in two weeks when the results came in. The other employee was a-symptomatic and received a test after a family member became ill with the disease.

Both employees have since recovered he said.

Forbes said the facility continues to practice screening procedures and is prepared if there should ever be a future case with residents.

We have a dedicated Covid-19 Unit which is empty,” he said. Forbes explained that the unit was a Green House, or long term care unit,  that could serve eight residents and the facility would allow them to be completely isolated from other residents.

“It’s empty and we want to keep it that way.”

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