Dear Maristhill Residents and Families,
Today we received the test results of our March 4th testing of negative residents/staff and recovered post six-month Covid-19 residents/staff. I regret to inform you that we had one positive resident from that testing. The resident has been moved to a room away from other residents on our Covid Wing of the A unit. The resident has tested negative several times and has been asymptomatic since admission to Maristhill. We will continue to monitor the resident during this quarantine period for any sign and symptoms of Covid-19. We will test only our residents and staff that have been negative on March 8th.
As a reminder on February 19th we had our third vaccine clinic where we administered the second dose of the vaccine to those that had received their first dose on January 29th. In, addition we were able to offer a first dose of the vaccine to anyone who did not receive it during the previous two clinics. The percentage of residents receiving the vaccine was at 98% and the percentage of staff/volunteers was at 84%. Our facility had a higher rate of vaccination than was seen in other skilled nursing facilities for staff/volunteers. 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. Please find enclosed a letter from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health discussing the Post Vaccination Prevention Protocols. If you need to obtain a vaccination please utilize the DPH website at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.
We are asking families of our residents to provide us with the primary contact email so that we can provide information regarding important information. Please send an email to Anthony Taddeo, our Administrative Support Coordiantor. His email is Ataddeo@covh.org. We have had many families respond to this request, but it will be helpful to have a majority of the primary contact individuals respond for their family member. Thank you for your assistance.
Thank you all for your support. If you have any questions, please let me know.