Forest Hill Takes Action in Response to Positive COVID-19 Case

164 tests conducted with 31 negative results. Forest Hill is waiting on more results from the Maine CDC lab in Augusta.
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 6:52 PM EDT
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FORT KENT, Maine (WAGM) - Tuesday staff at Forest Hill in Fort Kent announced that a non-direct patient care employee tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility.

Testing on all employees had begun on September 14th, and it was through that testing that the positive case was discovered.

“We received notice on September 22 that we had an employee that was asymptomatic that did test positive.”

Travis Guy, Administrator at Forest Hill

Guys says when they found out the employee was positive, they immediately put the employee in quarantine, and assembled their COVID task force.

“Within two hours, we had contacted all staff that would have had any type of close contact. We had those individuals tested immediately. We had set up a drive swabbing process.”

Travis Guy, Administrator at Forest Hil

164 tests were done on employees and residents. So far 31 of the 164 tests have come back negative.  That includes all of the close contacts of the employee that tested positive.

“The remaining tests will be sent to the state lab in Augusta, and we anticipate those results within one to four days.”

Travis Guy, Administrator at Forest Hil

Guy says Forest Hill is following all advice given by the CDC. He says residents and employees are not currently in quarantine, but they are continuing to wear the proper PPE and are being hyper vigilant with sanitation.

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