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

Today we tested residents throughout our facility and had 3 new COVID cases in our Memory Care Unit.

Our COVID update since March 2020: Villa St. Joseph has 9 Active staff and or Resident Cases. We had a total of 227 resident or staff cases. Memory Care Assisted Living at Villa St Joseph has 1 active Resident or Staff cases and a cumulative total of 16 cases. Marymount Place has 0 Active Resident or Staff cases — and a cumulative total of 41 resident/staff cases.

Villa St. Joseph and Marymount Place remain in outbreak mode. Staff must continue to test each week. All Marymount Place and Villa St. Joseph staff must be in N95 masks and face shields while in the building.

While COVID continues to hang around, flu season is in the rearview mirror as October approaches. The flu generally peaks between December and February. The CDC says it takes about two weeks after vaccination for flu antibodies to develop in the body. Timing is everything when scheduling your influenza vaccine … and your COVID shots and boosters.

The CDC says most people need one dose of flu vaccine for the season. Receiving this dose now and into October is recommended as a good time to get the flu vaccine.

The CDC has some new guidelines for seniors. It does not recommend any particular flu vaccine for people younger than age 65. It does have preferential vaccines for those ages 65 and older, and that’s new this year.

For those 65 years and older, there are three preferred and recommended flu vaccines above the standard-dose flu vaccines. Information on these vaccines is on the CDC website (CDC.gov).

Continue to wear a mask and socially distance yourself in large groups. Wash hands often. Stay safe everyone!