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Mercy employee has tested positive for COVID-19

Protocol underway for Tupper Lake nursing home staffer

Mercy Living Center In Tupper Lake (Enterprise file photo)

TUPPER LAKE — An employee at Mercy Living Center tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday.

Matt Scollin, spokesman for Adirondack Health which owns and runs the Tupper Lake nursing home, wrote in a press release that all Mercy Living Center staff have been tested twice per week since May 10, as dictated by a governor’s executive order.

“It was a result from one of these routine tests that came back positive yesterday,” Scollin wrote Monday.

Scollin said Mercy staff acted “immediately” to notify all nursing home staff on duty, all residents and all residents’ families of the test. All residents were again tested for COVID-19.

“(Mercy) conducted targeted contact tracing … to identify any other Mercy Living Center staff who may have interacted with the positive employee outside of the workplace,” Scollin wrote.

He said the positive employee is quarantined at home, under the observation and direction of the Franklin County Public Health Department.

“Adirondack Health appreciates the quick and decisive actions taken by Mercy Living Center staff yesterday to implement the facility’s emergency notification and resident testing plan,” Scollin wrote.

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