LIMA - A COVID-19 micro-cluster has been identified at Alpine Manor Home for Adults, an assisted living facility in Lima.

Tim Kinsella, owner and administrator of the facility, said Tuesday afternoon “probably 10” people associated with the facility had tested positive for the virus since Nov. 8.

“One staff and the rest is residents,” Kinsella said of those who’ve tested positive.

Jennifer Rodriguez, director of the Livingston County Department of Health, said Tuesday afternoon that of those people associated with the facility who’ve tested positive, only five have active cases of the virus.

Kinsella said he was notified Nov. 8 that a male resident had tested positive for the virus after being transported to the hospital for an unrelated medical issue.

“At that point, we went into lock down mode where we isolated everybody and fed everybody in their rooms,” he said.

Kinsella said the facility has been virus-free since the virus was first detected locally in March. He suspects an employee from a home health care agency who entered the facility to see a resident brought the virus in with them.

“We kind of think that’s where it started,” he said.

Alpine Manor staff are tested weekly, said Kinsella. So far, only one has tested positive.

According to its website, Alpine Manor is a 10,000-square-foot assisted living facility that can accommodate up to 36 residents. Kinsella said Tuesday only 24 residents currently reside within the facility.

Kinsella said Alpine Manor has been taking precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic, including restricted visitation hours and conditions, temperature checks and health questionnaires for visitors.

Rodriguez said the department of health had provided rapid testing kits to the facility that staff will use in the coming days “as part of their normal protocol to regularly test their residents.”

Kinsella said he’s hopeful the virus will not continue to spread among residents and staff.

“Everyone’s been tested, but you never can tell. It takes 14 days – someone else could pop up,” he said. “… it’s a highly contagious disease.”

The five Alpine Manor residents with active cases of the virus were among 10 people in the 14485 zip code, which encompasses all of the village and most of the town of Lima, and 56 in Livingston County to have active cases of the virus Tuesday. That’s according to the department of health’s COVID-19-tracking map, which can be accessed online by clicking here.

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