Dear Maristhill Residents and Families,
I am pleased to inform you that we had negative test results from our Covid-19 surveillance testing for the past six weeks for our unvaccinated staff and quarantined residents. I would like to thank everyone’s efforts in following the facility infection control protocols to help us in controlling the spread of Covid-19 in our Maristhill community.
I have received many calls regarding the reduction in restrictions in the community and why can’t we follow the same rules that apply to us in the general community. The Department of Public Health, CDC and CMS are using their best judgement to keep our residents as safe as possible from the Covid-19 virus. Although, we have seen a steady decline we are not yet at the level of infection that would allow the Department of Public Health to become more liberal with the guidance for visitation to the most vulnerable population. Please bear with us as we work with guidelines provided to us for your loved one’s safety. We would recommend that you receive your vaccination as soon as possible so that you may visit your family member in their room. Maristhill would like to offer a way for a resident’s family member or friend to receive the vaccination. If, you are not vaccinated and would like to receive the vaccination, please contact Shirly Yellamaty, RN, ADON, to complete the vaccination process. The vaccination will be done at the facility.
As a facility we are fully aware of the benefits of visits for our residents as well as the benefits for each resident’s family. We are striving to achieve these benefits along with controlling the spread of Covid-19 in our community. Our current visitation process will continue as we attempt to control the flow of visitors into the facility to ensure our ability to maintain infection control protocols. I would like to express our appreciation to all visitors in understanding the need to have a consistent process for visits. We should all remember that the vaccine does not ensure that a person cannot be infected with the Covid-19 virus, but it will help minimize the effects of the virus. The continued use of facemasks, hand washing with soap or the use of hand sanitizer will help the efforts to control the spread of Covid-19.
Thank you all for your support. If you have any questions, please let me know.