MEDFORD, Ore. — Rogue Valley Manor says that a staff member of the Medford retirement community has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
"Protecting the well-being of our residents and staff has been our top priority as the COVID-19 epidemic has spread across the world," the Manor said in a statement. "Our prompt efforts to restrict visitors and non-essential staff; to limit resident interactions; and to follow CDC, state, and local guidelines have been a major factor in keeping our community secure. Sadly, we have learned that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19."
The retirement community said that it is actively engaged in "outbreak procedures" to ensure that the illness doesn't spread, including isolation of any residents who have been in contact with the staff member, and keeping any other employee contacts away from work.
"In addition to these supplementary measures, all previous restrictions remain in place to protect our residents and staff. We are acutely aware of the severity of this illness, and will continue to do everything in our power to keep our residents and staff safe during this time," the Manor said.
Residents of the Manor received a notification of the case on Thursday. According to the notice, the staff member has not been at work since March 27.
Rogue Valley Manor residents were asked to stay home as much as possible, particularly while contact tracing and testing remain underway.
"Please help us keep our community safe by staying home, and to the greatest extent possible during this difficult time, stay calm until more information is known," interim executive director Anthony Sabatini wrote.
While public health officials in southern Oregon have largely avoided giving any identifying information about positive cases of COVID-19 due to privacy concerns, some large employers have chosen to notify at least their staff when a positive case is confirmed. On Thursday Timber Products confirmed that it had shut down its mill in Medford following a positive case, and Costco notified workers after a positive case last week.