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Two employees of a Tyler nursing home have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Representatives of The Heights of Tyler, an area 120-bed skilled nursing facility, announced late Monday they are working closely with representatives from the Northeast Texas Public Health District and other public health authorities following recent positive COVID-19 tests on two staff members.  The news release from the facility said the staff members have been away from the center for more than one week and not in contact with residents while awaiting their test results, and are doing well.

It is unclear if the cases are a result of community spread or travel related. It is also not clear if these two cases are counted within the 32 total from NET Health's last update.

“At this time there is no indication the virus is spreading in our center, and our residents and staff are doing well,” a center spokesperson said. “We will continue to monitor our residents and staff on a daily basis while working with local and state public health authorities to ensure we are taking the appropriate action steps at this time. We are especially grateful for the support of all our residents and their families, dedicated team members, local leaders from the Northeast Texas Public Health District, and many others.”

Since March 13 all non-essential visits to the center have been prohibited.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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