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Stella Maris accepts four coronavirus patients in the Baltimore County nursing home’s new COVID-19 unit

Four patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus are being treated at a new COVID-19 unit at the Stella Maris nursing home that has been authorized by the state to provide overflow capacity for overcrowded hospitals, officials said Wednesday.

The nursing home in Timonium did not provide any identifying information for the four new patients. They are Jesuit priests transferred from an infirmary in the Philadelphia area, according to local television news reports.

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Stella Maris is authorized to add up to 39 additional beds in a pair of COVID-19 units separated from its main nursing home, according to a Certificate of Need issued by the Maryland Health Care Commission last week.

The nursing home on Dulaney Valley Road is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations to halt the spread of the virus, including screening all staff upon entry, prohibiting visitors and nonessential personnel and canceling all group activities at the facility, spokeswoman Rose Kendig said in an emailed statement.

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Stella Maris, which is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, coordinated with the Maryland Department of Health “to ensure appropriate safety protocols for these new admissions," she said.

“The safety, health and well-being of our residents and staff is our top priority,” Kendig wrote.

This story will be updated.

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