McAuley Residence Employee Dies of COVID19

McAuley Residence
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Kenmore, NY (WBEN) Catholic Health System confirms an employee at McAuley Residence has died after contracting COVID19.

Catholic Health says Joan Neudecker "will be missed by her McAuley Residence family. While we cannot comment on individual associate health matters, Catholic Health has been following all COVID-19 safety guidelines from the NYS Department of Health for more than two months to protect our long term care residents and our caregivers."

In a statement, Catholic Health says two residents at McAuley Residence were found to have elevated temperatures after a routine temperature check April 25th. "Using Catholic Health’s rapid testing capabilities, the residents tested positive for COVID-19. Our health system’s Infection Control team immediately implemented protocols to test all residents in the facility’s two long term care units, and all staff throughout the facility, which again was beyond Department of Health requirements at that time. Following this expansive testing, additional residents and staff members tested positive, including many who did not exhibit any signs or symptoms," adds Catholic Health in a statement.

All COVID-positive residents were immediately transferred to the St. Joseph Post-Acute Center, a COVID-only nursing home established by Catholic Health.

Catholic Health adds all staff are provided with in-stock surgical grade procedural masks, which must be worn at all times.

Catholic Health says prior to April 25, there were no confirmed or suspected cases in the nursing home.