About 20 percent of Sundale Nursing Home residents COVID-19 positive

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sundale Nursing Home Marketing Director Donna Tennant says the total number of positive COVID-19 cases is 29, 21 residents and eight staff out of 150 employees at the facility.

The staff members are quarantining at home and testing is available to other staff members who are symptomatic.

“Currently we have 21 confirmed cases for residents,”Tennant said,”And that is out of 98 total residents.”

Tennant says COVID-19 is a very difficult sickness to detect by symptoms alone.

“Once they get a fever they get some coughs or headaches, that sort of thing,”Tennant said,”That might go on for four or five days before you see any type of major illness.”

Tennant says the staff is constantly monitoring the residents for symptoms.

“If we get through this weekend, we’re going to know how things are going,”Tennant said,”Whether we have a turn for the worst, or we continue to drift along.”

Staff at Sundale are now checking their temperature at the beginning of their shift and once during.

Tennant says the residents and staff have been humbled by the large number of community members who have flocked to the facility with donations.

“Cases water and food, snacks for the staff,”Tennant said,”The love and support of the community is above and beyond what we could have ever imagined.”