HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - UPDATE: Since July 24, thirty residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Floyd E. ‘Tut’ Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville. Twenty-six residents remain positive.
Twelve employees have tested positive for the virus as well. The Alabama Department of Public Health has not reported any deaths attributed to the virus.
Officials from the home said over the past five months they have followed precautionary guidelines and taken appropriate measures such as universal testing, restrictions on outside visitors, meticulous screening of residents and staff, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and other safe medical practices.
Additionally, the home is testing all residents and employees weekly to reduce the risk of spreading the virus by identifying and isolating asymptomatic cases. All employees and residents who experience symptoms and anyone who may have a potential exposure through outside medical appointments or community exposure are quarantined and immediately tested.
The veterans homes are working closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on all reported positive cases.
ORIGINAL: Twelve people within the “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville have tested positive for COVID-19.
A spokesman for the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs said three residents and nine employees have tested positive for the virus.