Good afternoon, Village at Marymount Families, Friends, and Staff. This is Sue Nall the executive director.

We had 2 new COVID positive cases at Marymount Place and at Villa St. Joseph, in the last two days.

Our COVID update since March 2020: Villa St. Joseph has 9 Active staff and or Resident Cases. We had a total of 200resident or staff cases. Memory Care Assisted Living at Villa St Joseph has 0 active Resident or Staff cases and a cumulative total of 14 cases. Marymount Place has 2 Active Resident or Staff cases — and a cumulative total of 36resident/staff cases.

One of the cases we don’t believe caused any exposure to our residents but as a precaution we are reporting it to you.

What impact do these two new cases have on us? Villa St. Joseph remains in outbreak mode, and Marymount Place is now back in outbreak mode. All staff must test weekly for COVID; once if you are up to date with vaccines and boosters and twice weekly if you have an exemption or are not current with vaccine status. All must sign in and screen for symptoms daily. You must continue to wear N95 masks and face shields when in the buildings.

If you are not up to date with your vaccinations and are exposed, then you may not be able to work and be out on quarantine.

There’s still no shaking this annoying coronavirus. Cuyahoga County is one of six Ohio counties designated “red” for high COVID transmission levels, according to the CDC. People in counties with high transmission are advised to wear masks indoors. Counties are considered to have high transmission levels when community coronavirus circulation could overwhelm local hospitals.

Last week CNN reported that new research suggests two Omicron subvariants which are on the horizon, may be responsible for this latest wave of cases. They could keep case levels high through the summer.

These variants are gaining ground against BA.2, particularly in the central part of the country. Recent research suggests that they escape immunity created by vaccines and past infections. BA.2 is the highly transmissible and contagious Omicron subvariant known as “stealth” Omicron. This is a dominant strain in the U.S.

Please take appropriate precautions to protect yourself against COVID when socializing. Stay safe everyone!