There is a lot in the news about Booster shots for the COVID vaccine. This doesn’t mean the vaccine isn’t working it is to boost the effects of the vaccine you already got. Think of it as taking another dose of Tylenol after a headache or fever. Booster shots – Who can get them – easiest said YOU.
Long Term Care settings are usually described as congregate living settings. Studies have shown throughout the pandemic that people who live or work in congregate living settings are more susceptible because of the way the people in these environments live (think of activities, eating, sharing rooms.)
What are examples of congregate living environments?
Once the virus has come into the congregate living setting it can spread quickly, and this is true for many viruses – COVID and FLU.
At this writing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) has authorized boosters for all three vaccines.
Our facility conducts boosters (and new) vaccination clinics for our residents and employees.
Flu vaccination for all staff and residents are also available.
Overall, we are happy to report that our facility is doing very well with the COVID virus and its impact on our residents and our staff.
On behalf of all of us we wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
The public health department will be coming out very soon with guidance to holiday celebrations such as residents going home for the holiday; families coming into the facility to enjoy the holiday with their loved one; or general how to celebrate in the facility. Please communicate with Administration if you have any questions about this guidance.
An Ounce of Prevention (some notes are from the CDC)
The United States recently surpassed 40 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 4 million of these cases reported in the past few weeks. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have generally increased throughout most of the country since the beginning of summer, fueled by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Low vaccination coverage in many communities is driving these increases.
Fortunately for our facility we have had very, very few cases impacting our residents here. We credit this dream to the work we have done and continue to do in ensuring proper infection control standards are followed; our strong dedicated adherence to PPE; screening standards of residents, staff and visitors alike. Our leadership continues to join the State’s Department of Public Health on a weekly call of COVID updates to ensure we have the best and most up to date information.
Although most people with COVID-19 get better within the weeks following illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. A recent CDC study shows that adults who had COVID-19 may experience ongoing health problems that can last four or more weeks after COVID-19 infection. Health problems may include shortness of breath, fatigue, difficulty concentrating (“brain-fog”), headache, fast-beating or pounding heart, cough, joint or muscle pain, dizziness/lightheadedness, or mood changes, among other symptoms. Even people who did not have significant COVID-19 symptoms in the days or weeks after they were infected can have post-COVID conditions.
For those individuals that get COVID-19 despite being vaccinated the chances of them being hospitalized or it leading to death is very small. Vaccinated COVID-19 people are clearly seen with much less symptoms and much less effects than unvaccinated people.
The best way to prevent post-COVID conditions is by getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you can. CDC recommends all people ages 12 years and older get vaccinated, including people who have had COVID-19 or a post-COVID condition. The COVID-19 vaccines recommended for use in the United States continue to offer protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you can reduce the risk of long-term complications by taking steps to protect yourself and others from getting COVID-19. To find a vaccine provider near you, visit Vaccines.gov or our State’s website.
A major concern right now is Delta, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, which was first identified in India in December. It then swept rapidly through that country and Great Britain as well. The first Delta case in the United States was diagnosed in March and it is now the dominant strain in the U.S.
One thing that is unique about Delta is how quickly it is spreading.
From what we know so far, people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus appear to have protection against Delta. A high majority of vaccinated individuals have much reduced symptoms, and few have serious symptoms, or are in need of hospitalization. Anyone who is unvaccinated and not practicing preventive strategies is at risk for infection by the new variant, the doctors say.
Here are five things you need to know about the Delta variant.
The fear now is that if the vaccinated numbers don’t rise dramatically the Delta variant will continue and it will mutate into another strain, and another strain, to evidentially mutate to a strain that is NOT affected by the vaccine. We all need to do what we can to STOP it now.
We are fortunate that we have had very few “breakthrough” cases here at our home. And following the science, majority of those have been milder cases than we saw last year at this time.
We continue to do everything we can to mitigate the continuing threat of this virus. Our stratgeies include:
Testing as Required; needed and suspected
Residents, Family Members, Staff and Visitors,
We hope this posting finds you and your loved ones staying safe and healthy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous disruption in each of our lives. As one of your health care providers or employer, we care deeply about your health and well-being. That’s why we are encouraging everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible if you haven’t already. Getting vaccinated can bring you one step closer to enjoying the activities you miss. It is one of the most important things you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones from this disease. Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Here are some answers to questions we have heard most often from patients:
There are many places where you can get vaccinated, and it’s 100% free. You can
We have provided vaccination information for all three approved vaccinations by copying the link below and pasting either in a browser or a search engine (google):
Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
Text your zip code to 438829
This chart was done by AHCA, a national association of Senior Health Care. What it shows is the dramatic decline of cases in both staff and resident infections in Nursing Homes of the COVID-19 virus. Our programs are working. We are winning the war against this virus. We (collectively) still have some work to do – VACCINATION, and continuing to adhere to CDC Infection Control Protocols to reduce the spread of the virus, but we are winning. This is good news for all of us. It has been a hard road for all us – we have lost so many from this virus – friends, family members, co-workers and residents, but we are beginning to “see the light” from this chart.
As we discussed in previous monthly updates the opening and restricting of access to our facility will be very fluid. One positive case noted in our testing protocols and restrictions for a period of time are required to ensure further spread. We are sure everyone recognizes these safety precautions and we are continuing to ask for your patience during these times.
Please remember- the CDC has not changed their recommendations and guidance to containing this virus – MASKING- SOCIAL DISTANCING- HAND WASHING- VACCINATION are still the frontline barriers between this virus and us.