Ponca Nursing confirms new case of COVID-19 at the facility

May 18, 2020 | Headlines

PONCA CITY — Ponca City Nursing and Rehabilitation has confirmed today that a resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

This is the second case reported at the facility since the pandemic began in March.

The following is a press release issued by the facility today.

“A resident in our facility tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the new coronavirus. This resident has been in quarantine, after returning from the hospital, and was tested prior to being released from quarantine.  The resident remains quarantined in isolation from the other residents in the facility.  We are currently working with the local and state health department to provide testing of employees and residents to insure they are protected from further spread of this virus.

“Please understand, we take the threat of this virus extremely seriously and we are doing everything in our power to keep this virus out of our facility and halt its’ spread.  These measures include and are not limited to: restricting non-medically necessary visitation to the facility, ending communal dining and group activities in the facility, screening our staff for fevers and symptoms of COVID-19 per CDC guidelines, and screening all of our residents twice per day for signs and symptoms of the virus.  We continue to follow the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

“We would like to thank our staff, who are on the front lines battling this virus daily.  We cannot thank them enough for their dedication and hard work in these tremendously difficult times, as the care for our most vulnerable Oklahomans.  

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding and support during these difficult times, and ask for prayers for our residents, staff, all health care workers and our government leaders as we continue to fight this virus.  Please direct all non-resident specific questions and requests for information to PoncaCityCovid19@PoncaNursing.com and we will respond as soon as possible to your questions and concerns.”

To see a story on the first case, click here.

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