Twenty residents, seven staff at Holbrook nursing home test positive for COVID-19

BUCKHANNON – Approximately 20 residents and seven staff members at Holbrook on the Hill Nursing Home have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from Holbrook Healthcare Center’s parent company, CommuniCare.

A media representative for CommuniCare Family of Companies, which owns Holbrook Healthcare Center, confirmed the outbreak Tuesday morning.

“As we experience a second wave in the country, we recently had employees and residents test positive for COVID-19 at our Holbrook Healthcare Center,” CommuniCare said in a statement to My Buckhannon. “There are currently 20 residents and seven employees positive.”

CommuniCare provides skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long-term care, assisted living and memory care services at locations in seven states, including West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Indiana and Missouri.

CommuniCare officials said several safety protocols in alignment with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department guidance “continue to be implemented at Holbrook to stop the spread of this virus,” including biweekly COVID-19 testing, isolating COVID-positive residents, the creation of a separate COVID unit and supplying adequate personal protective equipment for staff members.

“We continue to keep the families updated with robo-calls and personal calls to families whose loved ones test positive,” the CommuiCare statement continued.

According to My Buckhannon’s daily COVID-19 update, data from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Tuesday morning showed a record number of active cases are currently active in Upshur County — 165 cases.

CommuniCare said that as of Tuesday morning, none of Holbrook’s 103 residents had been transported to the hospital for additional care.

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