Coronavirus case confirmed at Bristal facility in North Hills

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An 81-year-old woman residing at the Bristal assisted living facility in North Hills was confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of the Bristal Assisted Living)

A resident of the Bristal Assisted Living facility in North Hills was confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a principal for the chain.

The 81-year-old woman, who The Bristal’s Principal Steven Krieger said March 12 was receiving hospice care for an unrelated illness.

“We have been checking each resident and every Bristal staffer for any potential signs of the virus,” Krieger said. “When we detected a cough and fever in this individual, she was properly transported to a hospital for further care and observation. She currently remains hospitalized while she is under close observation.”

Krieger said the North Hills facility was then cleaned and that those who might have come in contact with the woman were notified.

The facility, which is one of a number in a chain that stretches across New York and New Jersey, had previously recommended against visits during the coronavirus outbreak. The people who do visit are required to have not been out of the country recently and not show any symptoms of the virus, according to Krieger.

No update has yet been given on the woman’s condition.

“We will continue to sustain this aggressive response to COVID-19,” Krieger said.

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