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Second testing round finds all clear for COVID at Mercy

The Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake has seen zero new cases of COVID-19 since an employee tested positive last week.

The nursing home, operated by Adirondack Health, conducted a second round of resident testing on Friday, Sept. 4. All 57 of the facility’s residents received negative test results within 36 hours, and none of the residents are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, according to a news release from Adirondack Health. The residents also tested negative following news of the initial positive case on Aug. 31.

“We were very pleased to learn over the weekend that all Mercy Living Center residents again tested negative,” Dave Mader, Adirondack Health’s chief nursing officer, said. “These latest results are a testament to our staff’s good judgment and adherence to personal protective equipment and infection control protocols. As good as the news is, however, we cannot and will not let our collective guard down.”

All of the nursing home’s staff have also been tested for COVID-19, and no new positives have surfaced since the initial employee tested positive on Aug. 31, according to Adirondack Health spokesman Matt Scollin.