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Long term care patient at Sharon Health Care Center first local COVID-19 case

SHARON — The first case of COVID-19 has been detected in the Northwest Corner, in the town of Sharon.

Sharon Health Care Center reported Sunday, March 22, that a woman in a long-term care unit at the center tested positive for COVID-19. At this point, no one else in the facility is showing symptoms and so, “Based on CDC and DPH guidance, no other residents and staff have been tested,” according to a statement released Sunday evening by Tim Brown, director of Marketing & Communications for Athena Health Care Systems, which owns Sharon Health Care Center. 

The patient who tested positive is now in a private room and her roommate “has also been placed in a private room and is being monitored as well, with added precautions in place,” Brown said.

“We are undertaking a deep cleaning of the entire building,” he added. 

New procedures are also in place to protect staff, he said. 

“We are now taking temps halfway through their shifts and reviewing and documenting their oxygen saturation, per new recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

The Lakeville Journal will share additional information as it becomes available.

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