Local Alzheimer’s Care Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Becoming Ill

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WEST ELLICOTT – An employee at the Tanglewood Group’s Memory Garden in West Ellicott has tested positive for COVID-19 after becoming ill on Wednesday.

Terri Ingersoll, the Chief Operating Officer with the company, tells WNYNewsNow the woman worked per diem and hasn’t been at the 560 Fairmount Ave. facility for nearly a week.

“If I had a problem, you’d know about it,” said Ingersoll. “I have one employee that worked almost a full week ago that fell ill yesterday.”

Ingersoll says the worker did have contact with residents at Memory Garden, however, none of the 50 people living there are currently showing Coronavirus symptoms.

“We all have contact with each other, it is a congregate level of care,” Ingersoll said.

She says her organization is speaking with the resident’s physicians about testing them for the virus.

Ingersoll says her assisted living facility is following both county and state health department guidelines to combat COVID-19, including mandatory testing of employees.

“My plan is to follow every department of health protocol there is out there,” explained Ingersoll.

Memory Garden is a care facility for elderly living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Compared to the rest of the state, Chautauqua County care facilities have had limited exposure to COVID-19 with only a handful of reported cases of the virus in both residents and care workers countywide.


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