MARQUETTE – COVID-19 is still making its presence known in local elderly care facilities.
The Marquette County healthcare facility in Ishpeming posted on Facebook on Friday that a staff member had tested positive for COVID as the facility completed its first round of epidemic testing. All the staff and remaining residents were negative, he said.
“We will continue epidemic testing for 14 days”, the post reads. âWe will resume visits at that time until we have more cases. We are seeing an increase in the number of cases in our area and it is spreading among those vaccinated, so we have made changes to our visits at this time for the safety of our staff and residents. “
The facility requires that all visitors wear a surgical mask and eye protection during a visit, regardless of their immunization status, the MCMCF said. It also only allows children 13 and older.
“Thank you all for your support and understanding as it has been a long and difficult road as we continue to keep everyone safe” It said.
Norlite Nursing Center, located in Marquette, also posted an update Friday on Facebook, indicating that the previous week it had learned of two concurrent outbreaks of residents at senior nursing facilities on the peninsula. superior.
He also learned that two facilities in Marquette County had employees testing positive for COVID-19 – triggering strict protocols at his facilities.
“At least one of the resident outbreaks started from a vaccinated, asymptomatic employee unknowingly bringing in the virus and spreading it,” Norlite’s post reads about an outbreak at another facility. âAs of yesterday, 12 residents – 10 vaccinated and two unvaccinated – and three employees in total are included in the epidemic. They’ve opened up their COVID wing, they’ve hired a recruiting agency, and they’re all very scared of the extent of this spread in their facility. “
Norlite officials did not name the senior nursing facilities mentioned in the post. No further information was available on the identity of these facilities before press time.
Norlite, who experienced a COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 that left eight people dead, said she put all staff and visitors back in mandatory N95 masks on Thursday.
âToday we learned that Marquette County’s positivity rate has increased again, this time to 4.2%. “ It said. âThis is more than double the rate seen last Friday of 2.0%. Community spread is becoming frightening and we now define our status as part of a âmoderate transmissionâ community as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Norlite said that as of Friday, the facility is implementing other COVID-19 protocols to prevent an outbreak. They understand:
All staff, regardless of their immunization status, are required to be tested starting today.
â¤ All visitors, regardless of their immunization status, are encouraged to take a test starting today.
â¤ Refusal to test may result in modified tours, including strict enforcement of social distancing, relegation to outdoor areas only, and time limits to allow all residents access to tours, as the space on the patio is limited.
â¤ Norlite strongly encourages outside visits for all visits at this time.
â¤ If the positivity rate exceeds 10%, Norlite will be tested twice a week.
â¤ Norlite will regularly reassess these protocols.
âThank you for your patience, your understanding of our unique position, which is to balance the rights and freedoms of our residents while ensuring the safety of everyone. “ the post reads. “We have to depend on each other to get through the tough times, and we send our prayers to the UP teams going through the epidemics.”
Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.