Nursing homes take extra precautions after new cases of COVID-19


ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) – Inside the Marquette County health care facility, extra precautions are being taken after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, August 19.

“On the same day we were able to get over 90% of our staff here and stamp all of our residents and they were negative, but we need to check if this employee had a meeting with a resident,” said the deputy director of Nurse Denise Perry.

She said the facility completes surveillance tests every week in unvaccinated people, but last week’s positive case means two weeks of epidemic testing.

“We have to make sure that we don’t have a positive result within these 14 days, as we are allowed to open for visits once there has been a first set of negative results through epidemic testing. . Fortunately for us, there was no meeting with the residents, ”she said.

With epidemic testing ongoing until Thursday, September 2, anyone entering the building and interacting with residents must wear both a mask and a face shield.

All but two of the facility’s 120 residents are vaccinated, along with 82 percent of the staff, but if there are future outbreaks in the facility and county, changes are possible.

“What touched our residents was not seeing their loved ones. So in the event that we have to go back for some reason that doesn’t allow visits, we have creative ways to make sure that we always keep the lines of communication open with our residents and their families, ”said Perry.

Meanwhile, the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette is monitoring the county’s positivity rate.

He demanded that all staff be tested on Monday, August 23, and encouraged all visitors to get tested. Outdoor visits are strongly encouraged.

In Eastwood in Negaunee, there has been no recent outbreak and visits are still permitted. The staff are tested every week.

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