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Second employee at Templeton nursing facility tests positive for COVID-19

Second worker at Templeton nursing facility COVID-19 positive
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Posted at 9:30 PM, Apr 28, 2020

A second employee at Vineyard Hills Health Center in Templeton has tested positive for COVID-19. Last Friday, it was reported that another employee at the skilled nursing facility tested positive.

Compass Health, which operates the facility, sent out a statement following Friday's discovery saying all employees and residents would be tested.

Tuesday evening, Compass Health sent another statement saying with the assistance of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department all 79 residents and 139 employees had been tested.

"During this testing we were fortunate to discover a second case, a new hire employee who has been asymptomatic. Her time in the facility has been quite limited and none of her direct contacts during nursing orientation have tested positive for the virus. This scenario demonstrates the harsh reality all healthcare facilities face, keeping COVID 19 at bay will be a constant struggle until a vaccine is developed and made available," CEO Darren Smith said in the statement.

All residents at the facility have tested negative for COVID-19.