Hello Village at Marymount Families, Friends, and Staff. This is Sue Nall the executive director.
We had three staff members test positive for COVID over the weekend. One of the three hasn’t worked in our building since the beginning of the month and won’t count in our number but we wanted you to be aware of this result. The others work in non-clinical areas or haven’t worked for multiple days prior to testing positive.
Our COVID update since March 2020: Villa St. Joseph has 6 Active staff and or Resident Cases. We had a total of 206 resident 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 0 Active Resident or Staff cases — and a cumulative total of 36 resident/staff cases.
We know that area hospitals are seeing increased cases and have staff out as well. Test positivity at Cleveland Clinic Foundation is up to 25%.
COVID clearly is making a comeback and surging. Our infectious disease physician cited a recent study from the University of Washington indicating positive rapid home tests are occurring seven (7) times more than lab-based PCRs. These tests are most likely not in the numbers being reported.
Double boosting is effective against the BA 4 and 5 variants with respect to serious illness. Our physician says that an emphasis should be placed on double boosting and tight infection control.
As I noted in my Friday call, Marymount Place is out of outbreak and back into surgical masks and eyewear. Our first floor SCU continues in N95s and face shields. Our ground floor Memory Care Unit and second floor CCU must wear surgical mask and eyewear. Staff on SCU must continue testing weekly. Those that are not up to date throughout the campus with their COVID vaccines must be testing twice a week.
Looks like I’m back to preaching the “three Ws” once again: wash your hands, wear a mask, and watch your distance. Handwashing and use of hand sanitizer are effective ways to stop any spread of COVID. Stay safe and healthy everyone!