Nursing facilities adjust safety protocols as COVID-19 cases rise

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CARMICHAEL, Calif. (KTXL) – The elderly have been considered among those at high risk when it comes to COVID-19, and with the rise of omicron, many mandates are in place to ensure safety in various skilled care facilities.

At Mountain Manor, they say that in addition to safety protocols to keep everyone healthy, they also got a little lucky.

“There’s a lot of luck, who I think plays into that,” executive director Darrell Price said.

Price says data shows that when COVID increases in the community, it’s difficult to keep it out of hospitals and nursing facilities.

“Anyone can be in the wrong place at the wrong time and test positive for the virus,” Price said. “With the latest variant, everything is fine. We had cases of COVID last year, at the very end of the year when everything was blowing up.

He said that having lived through this pandemic for almost two years, they have learned to adapt as the virus continues to evolve.

“Everyone wears the appropriate masks. We encourage vaccination. We encouraged booster shots. As well as encouraging all of our employees to take precautions when not at work so as not to benefit our residents who are most vulnerable,” Price said.

He said the biggest game changer has been the vaccine. When power surges occur, staff only wear N-95 masks to mitigate the risk of spread.

“As well as making sure everyone who walks into the building is screened,” Price said.

And as of Friday, hospitals and facilities, just like Mountain Manor, require proof of vaccination and negative test results for COVID within the past 24 hours.

Price said since the start of the pandemic he has been tested up to 80 times, as all workers are routinely tested.

“We provide excellent quality care. These are our patients. These are our clinical results. It’s what we do here that sets us apart from any other post-acute care facility,” said Business Development Manager Kimberly Keller.

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