February 26, 2021 Letter
Dear Residents, Employees, Family Members, Legal Representatives and Health Care Providers:
The theme of this week’s COVID update is HOPE!
We expect that within the next few weeks all our skilled nursing and assisted living locations will have completed their final COVID vaccination clinics. We are proud of our vaccination rates and hope they will continue to improve as people become more comfortable with the idea of being vaccinated. Currently, 89% of our residents and 60% of our employees are vaccinated. According to the CDC, national vaccination rates in long-term care facilities during the first month of the rollout have averaged 77.8% for residents and 37.5% for employees. (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7005e2.htm?s_cid=mm7005e2_w). We are continuing to educate, encourage and assist our unvaccinated residents and employees in obtaining vaccinations from local community resources and providers.
More good news…in the counties where we are located, seven are now green! Only two remain yellow this week – Polk County, Wisconsin and Silver-Bow County, Montana. Because of this improvement, visitation has opened up at all locations. If you have received the COVID vaccination series, please bring your card to show staff when you check-in for a visit. This will help our staff determine the level of personal protective equipment you will be required to wear during your visit.
And finally, we have not had a single positive COVID case in a resident or employee for the entire month of February! We are so very hopeful the situation will stay this promising in the months ahead. Our tenants and residents are participating in socially distanced activities and our dining rooms are in operation once again within the rules/framework the federal government has directed.
With daylight savings time, St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring on the horizon, along with the positive trends the COVID vaccinations have caused, it is much easier to have hope for the first time in a long time!
Dr. Shellie M. Sonnentag, DNP, AGPCNP-C, CD
Vice President of Clinical Services
Real Property Health Facilities Corp.
435 Village Walk Lane Suite B
Johnson Creek, WI 53038