2 confirmed cases, 17 under investigation in connection with Miami Co. care facility

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Health officials with Clark and Miami counties confirmed Wednesday the Dayton VA Medical Center inpatient who tested positive for coronavirus is a Clark County resident who was at a Miami County long-term facility prior to being transferred to the Dayton VA.

Clark County Combined Health District Commissioner Charles Patterson says that patient is a man in his 70s from Bethel Township. He adds that the department has been in close contact with health officials in the surrounding area, as this case spans across three counties: Miami, Clark, and Montgomery.

Miami County Public Health Commissioner Dennis Propes announced that on top of that positive case, officials were notified Wednesday afternoon that another resident out of the same long-term care facility had also tested positive.

That patient is a 62-year-old woman who was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center, where testing was conducted. She is considered a “presumptive positive” pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These two positive cases are connected to the Koester Pavilion Assisted Living Facility in Miami County. Their conditions are unknown.

According to public health officials, 17 others connected to the facility remain under investigation, ranging in age from 32 to 94.

“As of right now, there are 12 residents, six staff, and one visitor to the facility that are considered suspect cases,” Propes said.

Premier Health released the following statement to 2 NEWS about the situation:

During the first part of March, Koester Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility owned by Upper Valley Medical Center and located on the hospital campus, took several proactive steps to protect residents during the earliest stages of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States. These precautions were taken in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ohio Department of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of residents while respecting their rights.

Visitor restrictions were proactively implemented on March 6, which culminated with total restrictions the evening of March 12. All group activities for residents were halted. Days prior to our being notified of presumptive positive COVID-19 test results for a former resident and a current resident, we started placing any resident exhibiting symptoms in preventive isolation. There are other suspected cases at Koester Pavilion, and we continue to isolate and quarantine residents while ensuring that they are able to communicate with family members and friends through Facetime and phone calls.

Our clinical and support teams have trained extensively for this eventuality and are well-prepared to treat patients with COVID-19 while ensuring the safety of our patients and staff.

Of those 19 individuals, five have been hospitalized, including the two patients who tested positive.

Eight tests are pending. Those results are expected to come in over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Propes says Koester Pavilion was doing everything correctly and was complying with the governor’s orders.

“They were doing everything they were supposed to do and it just underscores the very serious nature of what the governor was trying to prevent in his orders,” he said.

Patterson says this is an example of how quickly the virus can spread from person to person.

Health officials are reaching out to people who may have come into contact with the patients, Patterson said.

“We certainly do not want the public to panic,” Patterson said. “We want them to heed the advice that has been coming from Public Health and coming from the governor’s office and coming from Dr. Amy Acton of the Ohio Department of Health.”

Koester Pavilion is still operating, but the staff is taking several precautions, Propes said.

“No communal meals, the common areas are locked down, and obviously the cleaning frequencies are increased,” Propes explained.

2 NEWS has reached out to Premier Health, which runs Koester Pavilion, for comment.

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