A person connected to The Pennyroyal Center has presumptively tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a news release from the mental health facility.
The person, who wasn't identified as an employee, is exhibiting mild symptoms and is self-quarantining at home, the release states.
Pennyroyal management believes some staff members and approximately 25 adult patients were potentially exposed to this individual at one of its Hopkinsville locations. All staff who work at this location were individually notified, assessed for potential exposure and sent home.
Any staff member who had sustained contact within 6 feet of the affected individual will self-quarantine for 14 days, and all staff were asked to contact their primary care provider if they begin to exhibit any signs or symptoms of the virus.
Additionally, upon Pennyroyal’s notification of the test results, the affected work area was closed immediately and underwent a thorough cleaning and sanitizing by a professional cleaning service.
According to the release, the Pennyroyal Center will continue offering services to clients.
“With the rapid spread of Coronavirus across the country, all of us on the front lines in the healthcare and human services fields will be facing this situation at some point,” said Eric Embry, Pennyroyal’s CEO and executive director. “But we have to continue providing critical services to our patients, even more so in times of crisis. Our team has worked for weeks on our COVID-19 plans, and I’m so proud of how quickly they were able to put our protocols into action so they could continue the important work they do each day.”