Campus-wide testing for COVID-19 at Penick Village yielded no new cases of the disease.
More than 230 employees and residents of the senior care community were tested over multiple days last week. The results all came back negative, according to CEO Jeff Hutchins.
“Now what does this mean? It reflects a snapshot in time from last week, and it shows us that our prevention measures have been working,” Hutchins wrote in a memo to workers and residents on Monday. “We all have to be committed individually, and as a group, to assure that our prevention measures continue in order to maintain the best opportunity for success.”
Two cases involving employees were previously reported in the Southern Pines community, which manages assisted living, skilled nursing and independent living facilities on a 38-acre campus off East Rhode Island Avenue.
The first worker known to have contracted the disease tested positive on May 16. Penick Village on July 7 learned that a second employee tested positive. This individual last reported for work on July 4.
“We have confirmed that this co-worker was following our infection prevention protocols and was wearing a mask and gloves per protocol,” Hutchins said in a statement last week.
Penick Village is the third local long-term care community to report no infections following mass testing. All results came back negative for tests conducted at both Magnolia Gardens and at St. Joseph of the Pines' Health Center.
Outbreaks of the coronavirus have been reported at Pinehurst Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Fox Hollow and Seven Lakes Assisted Living and Memory Care.