Dothan nursing home appears coronavirus free after resident recovers

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Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- While news of the coronavirus pandemic is dreadfully depressing, there is good to report.

The first nursing home resident in southeast Alabama to test positive for COVID-19 should emerge from isolation soon and return to her room at Extendicare Health and Rehabilitation in Dothan.

Chief Nursing Officer Nathan Chase revealed the woman has since tested negative twice, with a third test pending. If that one is also negative---and that is expected--she will be able to return to a normal routine.

In all, seven Extendicare residents have been tested with only the one positive result.

“The excellent performance of our staff and the community support are all contributing factors in our efforts to mitigate exposure,” Chase said in a statement.

Like other nursing homes, Extendicare has been closed to visitors since health officials declared a pandemic nearly a month ago.

“We are continuing to create innovative ways to keep our residents social and connected with their loved ones,” Chase said.