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

We had a new COVID-positive staff case today. We traced this case to a previous staff case. This staff member was not around residents. Today we tested several staff members, and each was negative. We will retest staff members and SCU residents tomorrow.

Our COVID update since March 2020: Villa St. Joseph has 7 Active staff and or Resident Cases. We had a total of 249 resident or staff cases. Memory Care Assisted Living at Villa St Joseph has 0 active Resident or Staff cases and a cumulative total of 20 cases. Marymount Place has 0 Active Resident or Staff cases and a cumulative total of 51 resident/staff cases.

SCU residents must wear a mask if they are outside of their room. Residents must be told that if they cannot tolerate wearing a mask, then they must remain in their rooms. All staff must wear an N95 mask and face shield when on SCU.

Our infectious disease physician says flu cases have spiked earlier than in previous years both nationwide and in Northeast Ohio. Increases in the flu generally are seen in late December and early January as people gather more frequently during the holidays. The flu vaccine takes about two to three weeks to fully integrate with the body. Now is the time to get your flu vaccine so you’re protected during the holidays.

Residents have asked about visitors attending Saturday Mass. Given our COVID outbreak mode, and the flu running rampant, we’re asking no visitors attend Mass or activities at this time. We are discouraging visits in all dining rooms. We have other locations in the building where it is OK to gather. The receptionists can direct you to these areas.

We’re celebrating the start of the 12 Days of Christmas. Today’s highlight was the selection of Marymount Place nurse Ade (A-DAY) Fowora (FAH-WAR-AH) as the December Franciscan Spirit Award winner.

Thank you … and stay safe!