Hello Village at Marymount Family, Friends, and Staff. This is Sue Nall the Executive Director.
On November 9 we had our first positive COVID case in nearly seven weeks. Since then, some of the CMS regulations have been modified to where we only must do contact tracing and test those individuals who had direct contact with this person.
We tested residents and staff in the infected area. I will continue to review the new regulations to see what other steps need to be taken with staff and residents.
In addition to this case, we were notified of another staff member who also tested positive and the areas that staff member worked in were also tested. Neither area had any additional staff nor resident cases. After consultation with the health department we DO NOT have to limit visitation at this time. We will test the effected departments and floors again on November 15 and should anyone have any signs and symptoms. Please note this second case with someone in our Memory Care area and will count as a case in both the Memory Care Nursing Home and Assisted Living.
Our COVID update since March 2020: Villa St. Joseph has 2 Active Staff and Resident Cases. We have a total of 109 resident and staff cases. Memory Care Assisted Living at Villa St Joseph has 1 Resident or Staff cases and a cumulative total of 2 case. Marymount Place has 0 Active Resident or Staff cases — and a cumulative total of 15 resident/staff cases.
All unvaccinated staff must continue to be tested twice a week. At this point, all vaccinated staff do not have to be tested regularly unless your supervisor let you know you have to because you work in the area effected by the latest 2 cases.
While we have experienced a lull in positive cases, COVID remains a threat. I urge you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you have received both vaccine doses, then please get the booster shot when it is available to you. Remember, with flu season upon us it is OK to get the COVID vaccine and your flu shot at the same time.
Let’s not forget to practice the three W’s – wash your hands, wear a mask, and watch your distance. Thank you … and stay safe everyone!