Hello Village at Marymount Family, Friends, and Staff. This is Sue Nall the Executive Director.    

We continue to have additional positives cases few days. Many of those who tested positive are linked to family or community exposures and were testing prior to working. We had 12 Villa St. Joseph cases in the last two days and do have some resident cases. Three cases will count for both Villa St. Joseph and VSJ Memory Care AL. We had one case at Marymount Place. 

Our COVID update since March 2020: Villa St. Joseph has 28 Active Staff and Resident Cases. We have a total of 143 resident and staff cases. Memory Care Assisted Living at Villa St Joseph has 5 active Resident or Staff cases and a cumulative total of 7 cases. Marymount Place has 5 Active Resident or Staff cases — and a cumulative total of 26 resident/staff cases.

You may have heard on the news the CDC is revising guidance for isolation and quarantines. These updates are different for the public, healthcare workers, and residents. The CDC is putting people in long-term care, hospitals, and health care facilities in a separate category. We’re waiting to see if these revised guidelines will apply to us but so far are hearing they do not apply.

Regarding Visitations:

Villa St. Joseph resident families … we ask only two people visit per day. We do not want visitors coming and going. Once here, please stay for the duration of the visit. You must sign up for your visit by calling our receptionist at 216-332-1100. We ask that the resident’s responsible party communicate our visiting policy to family and friends. We will continue to offer compassion care visits.

We are discouraging residents from leaving the facility for Christmas visits. Marymount Place families can contact either Chris Meinke or Maribeth Hejlik to discuss. Villa St. Joseph families can contact me, Dan Storey, or Peggy Jakabcic to discuss residents leaving VSJ.

Daily Mass is on hold until further notice. Sister Mary Alice is re-evaluating what forms of Mass or prayer services we can safely offer. Residents gathering for activities will be kept 6 feet apart from each other. Masks will be worn as needed.

Some health experts are saying it’s time to upgrade your face masks, especially considering the Omicron surge. With the increasing airborne spread of COVID, it’s important to improve the fit of masks and their filtration. Mask enhancements should exceed the old, loose, cloth face coverings that became popular in 2020.

The best masks are N95, KN95 and KF94’s. Don’t wear an additional face covering on top of these masks. Less effective, but still better than loose cloth masks alone, are surgical masks.

Mask-wearing, handwashing, and maintaining a safe distance is strongly recommended to help you avoid COVID. Thank you, everyone!