National Guard assisting area nursing home with COVID-19 outbreak

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HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Allegheny Lutheran Home in Hollidaysburg announced that they have had 27 resident cases and 25 staff cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Allegheny Lutheran said its last positive cases were on Aug. 20, when six staff members and six residents tested positive.

All of those people have recovered with the exception of one staff member, who is still out of the facility, according to Allegheny Lutheran. They are reporting no new cases.

The National Guard was called in Tuesday morning to the home for support.

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The National Guard has been called in to help with care at a local nursing home where COVID-19 has been confirmed in both staff and residents.

At this time, the Allegheny Lutheran Home in Hollidaysburg has not reported how many COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

They say right now they’re working through the challenge of trying to keep folks in the home safe. For needed support, they’ve called in the National Guard.

Dr. Patricia Savage, President and CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries shared the following statement about The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg.

Since March, our building like all skilled nursing homes around the Commonwealth have been on lockdown since the onset of the virus. Visitors are not permitted until there are no cases present. Every day over the past five months our staff has been working tirelessly to provide care to keep residents safe. These frontline workers deserve recognition for their dedication.

The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg like other nursing homes in our region has cases of COVID-19. The PA Department of Health has engaged the services of the National Guard medical personnel to assist our staff in caring for our residents through this challenging time.

When assistance was offered, we accepted. We appreciate the respite for our team members. Our staff fulfills our mission of love, compassion, and mercy but need added support at this time. We have and are following all the precautions recommended and mandated by our regulating bodies.

We are working arduously to care for our staff and our residents with consultation from the PA Department of Health and other health care professionals.

Dr. Patricia Savage

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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