Seven at St. Antoine test positive for COVID 19

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – Just days after announcing that the nursing facility had confirmed its first case of COVID 19, officials from St. Antoine Residence say that seven patients have tested positive for the virus.

The facility is one of 39 nursing homes across the state to uncover cases affecting the vulnerable population of older residents.

In an email sent to the families of those in St. Antoine’s care on Friday, April 17, officials announced that the nursing home had its first confirmed case of the virus. Debrah Putman, executive director of the facility, said the nursing home is in full compliance with all the RIDOH protocols and has notified the agency.

Putnam said that residents whose tests came back positive have since been quarantined.

“While this is a very difficult and uncertain time for our residents, their loved ones as well as our staff, we are working tirelessly to advance several new safety measures to further protect those that have not been exposed,” Putman said in a statement.

The increase brings the number of cases in North Smithfield to a total of 23. The statewide total in Rhode Island is at 5,481, including 270 hospitalizations and 181 fatalities, according to the latest figures provided by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

A Catholic nursing home on Rhodes Avenue, St. Antoine confirmed the positive cases at the Residence, a 260-bed long-term care facility. The community also includes the Villa, a separate building focused on assisted living.

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