BILLINGS – A retirement and assisted living facility in Billings has completed COVID-19 testing for hundreds of residents and employees after one employee recently became infected with the virus.
St. John’s United Home Health and Hospice said in a press release released on Saturday that the tests of 320 residents and employees had been completed. Two tests, one with an employee and one with a “non-nursing home elder”, were rated positively.
The first positive test with a “non-direct caregiver” was identified on June 30th.
The two new cases related to the facility came from people who “had no contact with one another, which raised the suspicion that both had been infected by the virus due to spreading throughout the community,”
The facility at 3940 Rimrock Rd. Will continue the follow-up tests “until we have no positive tests for two weeks”.
The announcement follows recent reports of a major COVID 19 outbreak in another billing care facility. There were 91 people who tested positive and five deaths related to Canyon Creek Care’s assisted living facility in Billings.
“St. John’s United Home Health and Hospice employees have completed Sentinel testing and follow-up testing to care for seniors across the community in the past four weeks. All tests were negative at this time,” the press release said “While we continue to see Covid-19 peaks throughout our community, we are currently restricting our visit. St. John’s United Incident Command Team recommends all citizens to protect each other to protect each other’s place.”