Employees at Sippican Healthcare have confirmed, suspected covid cases

May 16, 2020

MARION — Sippican Healthcare Center has one confirmed case of coronavirus in an employee, but that individual is not working and no residents appear to have caught the virus as of May 19.

On May 16, Sippican Healthcare Center reported one confirmed and one suspected case of coronavirus among employees on its website. The center’s website also said that there were fewer than three residents and staff that had new respiratory symptoms in the last three days, information that it is required to report per the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, even if the symptoms are not coronavirus related. 

As of May 19, no one had shown new respiratory symptoms in the last three days. 

The company policy is that employees with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases must meet Center for Disease Control standards and go 10 days without symptoms or have a test come back negative before returning to work.

“We are proud of fact that no residents have it. The staff has done an amazing job and we are grateful to them,” said Kathryn Soderberg, the chief corporate compliance officer for Whittier Health Network, which runs Sippican Healthcare

In an effort to keep case numbers low, Whittier Healthcare Network is working with the National Guard to test all employees and residents by late May. As of May 5 it had completed testing of all its residents, which had tested negative. 

Another senior living facility in Rochester, the Anne Maxim House, had one resident that had tested positive as of May 6.