As the various vaccines continue to rollout, we are working with the State of Missouri, St. Louis County as well as Omnicare Pharmacy (a subsidiary of CVS) for guidance and instruction. We will be required to partner with a pharmacy during this early round of vaccines, which we have organized with CVS. It was originally indicated that we would be receiving Pfizer’s vaccine, however in recent days that has been adjusted and we have been informed that it will most likely be Moderna’s vaccine, following their FDA approval. The earliest projection for administering the vaccine at Mari de Villa would be December 28. Regardless which vaccine our facility will have access to, each resident will be required to have a signed consent form completed prior to their first dose. We are hopeful to receive the consent forms any day, as we were told that they would arrive beginning on December 14. Once we have physically received the forms, we will begin contacting all responsible parties to coordinate having the forms signed and returned.
This process has been and remains very fluid among the different agencies and we will keep you informed as we receive the information.
Symptom Monitoring and Testing
Since February we have remained consistent with our symptom screening process that includes temperature checks twice per day for residents and at the beginning of each shift for employees. That screening continues today for all individuals that do not present any symptoms or that are negative for Covid-19.
In May we began serology tests screening among all residents and staff. This was supplemental to our screening process as well as PCR testing when symptoms occurred, or concerns would arise for Covid-19. This also continued if we had any positive cases.
Beginning at the end of October, we began weekly testing for Covid-19 among all of our residents and staff with a combination of nasal PCR and Antigen tests. While each individual’s response to Covid-19 is different, there have been many situations where symptoms have not presented until days after a positive test.
In November we were able to secure a rapid antigen test machine that will allow us to administer tests with results on site, within 15 minutes.
We will continue to test everyone at a minimum of once per week until we have had multiple weeks of all negative results.
Should an individual test positive for Covid-19, we will continue to monitor them for all symptoms as well as measuring oxygen levels every two hours. In addition, our nursing staff will continue conversation with the resident’s family and doctor to adjust any orders or to make any changes should there be a change in condition.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Video Calls and Window Visits
We are finalizing the schedules for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will be adjusting them to offer as many Video Calls and Window Visits on those days. In an effort to allow as many residents visits as possible, we are asking that families combine visits together. We will send out another email in the next couple of days to notify everyone when the calendar is open.
Food Drive Results
Thank you to everyone that donated to the Food Drive last week! We were able to deliver over 1500lbs to the Circle of Concern!
Every situation is unique and we are here to work with each resident and family at Mari de Villa. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions. We appreciate everyone’s understanding throughout all of this.
All of us at Mari de Villa understand this is a very difficult time for our families and we want to do everything we can to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of. We are continuing to provide the same level of care, and then some! Please reach out at anytime for updates, questions, concerns.
As always, we can be reached 24 hours per day. Do not hesitate to reach out at any time.