Hilliard nursing home confirms employee tests positive for COVID-19

Mill Run Rehabilitation Center in Hilliard (WBNS-10TV)

HILLIARD, Ohio -- A frontline health worker at the Mill Run Rehabilitation Center has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The facility confirmed the news to 10TV on Wednesday – the same day that the state announced new numbers – including that there have been 10 deaths and 704 confirmed cases in Ohio.

Of those confirmed cases, 116 of them are front healthcare workers.

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Ryan Stubenrauch, a spokesman for the nursing home facility said that on Monday, “one of our employees who had already been self-quarantining at their home for five days tested positive for COVID-19.”

Stubenrauch also told 10 Investigates that none of the other residents or employees are showing any symptoms currently.

Stubenrauch also provided the following statement:

“Last week, following our protocols and CDC guidelines, our employee reported to work and had their temperature taken in the morning. At the time, the employee had no fever and felt fine. That afternoon, the employee began to feel ill. Immediately, per CDC guidelines, the employee put on a mask and other PPE and reported their symptoms to a supervisor. The supervisor took the employee’s temperature again and discovered a fever. The employee was immediately sent home to seek medical attention and began self-quarantining per CDC guidelines. Immediately after the employee left, our staff contacted the Health Department and began an additional cleaning and disinfection of the facility.

Since that time, we increased our daily monitoring of the few residents who may have had direct contact with the employee. This increased monitoring includes temperature checks every 4 hours and respiratory/COVID-19 assessments twice per shift. Any employees who have contact with these patients wear face masks and shield, protective gowns, and gloves. In consultation with the Department of Health, we’ve also instituted the use of face masks/face shield for all of our staff working directly with all residents in our facility for a period 14 day period. Additional screenings our being conducted daily with all of our residents. These screens include temperature check every shift and respiratory/COVID-19 symptoms assessments every shift.

We continue to screen and monitor all of our staff members before they begin any shift. We also re-screen any employee during their shift if they show or report any signs of illness.

In the interest of transparency, we’ve been making daily calls to all of our resident’s families to update them about their loved one’s health.

The health and wellness of our residents is our number one priority. For nearly a month, we’ve been following every CDC, ODH, and CMS directive as well as implementing even stricter policies of our own designed to limit access and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even as we continue to see more and more confirmed cases in Franklin County, our company will do everything that we can to keep our residents safe and healthy.”

10 Investigates also spoke to Greg West, who the facility put us in contact with. His 93-year old mother is resident there. West had only good things to say about how the facility has handled the situation. 10 Investigates has heard from one other family who expressed concern about kind of state oversight is occurring from the Ohio Department of Health.

An ODH spokeswoman said the department will not identify other nursing home facilities that have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

10 Investigates will let you know if our follow-up questions lead to any responses.

10 Investigates also checked the latest federal inspection records on the facility on the Medicare nursing home compare website. While the facility has not received any federal fines within the past three years, the facility was noted for some deficiencies related to patient care during inspections in 2019 and 2018, but they were deemed to be level 2 deficiencies – meaning they were of minimal harm or ones that could potentially cause harm.

The facility still has a five-star rating.

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