Lutheran Care, in Clinton, recently had a few residents test positive for the coronavirus. They took the precaution of testing the entire unit, and got two surprises.
"We had a few that were positive, which indicated to us that something might be going on, so from there, we decided to be proactive and test the entire unit and as it turns out, we did have 16 positive out of the 40 residents; the majority of those were asymptomatic," says Vice President of Development and Communications, Lenora D'Apice.
Those with a positive diagnosis went either to affiliate Presbyterian Home's dedicated Covid unit, or, to local hospitals. Once released from the Covid unit, residents will go to a transitional unit before returning to regular quarters and mingling with others. They also must test negative, twice. Just this week, the NYS Department of Health visited Lutheran Care.
"We actually had the department of health here yesterday, and we had reason to believe when they left, we're in complete compliance with all of our infection control policies, so we're really proud of that," said D'Apice.
More difficult news came from a conference call, Tuesday, with Oneida County's Nursing Home Task Force, of which D'Apice is a member.
"We just had a call yesterday as far as when are the nursing homes gonna get to open and they're basically telling us that you have to have 28 days of no Covid cases. You have to be fully-staffed and the hospitals have to be able to take the influx of patients, if they get that," said D'Apice.