Since first hearing about the coronavirus in late January, Mari de Villa has taken a number of precautions to protect our residents and staff. In addition, we have also done everything we could to keep the communication open and all of the processes transparent.
In an effort to continue that transparency we want to inform you that three of our staff members have either tested positive or have the antibodies present that indicate a previous, most likely asymptomatic, infection. On Sunday, a staff member was tested at a local urgent care due to having mild symptoms for Covid-19. On Tuesday morning, that staff member received the results which were positive for Covid-19. The staff member has not been present at work since Friday, September 11th and was last in contact with residents, which was minimal, on the previous day, Thursday, September 10th. Immediately after receiving this information, we began to work with the staff member to trace anyone that they were in contact with for any length of time. The staff member did not have any extended length of time directly with residents nor with any other staff and was not felt to be a serious concern. Between various internal and external consult, it was determined that given the exposure was further than 6’ apart, for less than 15 minutes, and that the staff member was wearing a mask, the risk was low. However, we decided that even with minimal risks, we began immediately administering serology tests for all residents and staff throughout the facility. The serology test that we administer is able to indicate if someone has Covid-19 IgG or IgM antibodies.
* The IgG antibody generally develop 10 days after symptoms begin or they are present if a person has been previously exposed (this includes unknown exposure and a person is asymptomatic). These antibodies can remain in the blood even after the infection has passed.
* The IgM antibody is generally seen first and can indicate an active Covid-19 infection.
Subsequently, due to the facility wide serology testing, we have had two other staff members to present the IgG antibody following serology tests. While the IgG antibody indicates a past infection, we still took precautions and had the staff members exit the building immediately and proceed to have a PCR (nasal swab) test administered. We are waiting results. It is worth noting that we continue to screen all staff and residents every day, and that both staff members who presented the IgG antibodies never had an elevated temperature or indicated any symptoms related to Covid-19. The staff members that were positive or had antibodies for Covid-19 did not work within the nursing department and had minimal direct exposure, if any, to residents. All staff members with positive or pending results will remain quarantined at home until their infection is clear.
In addition, we have administered a serology test to every resident within the facility and not had any resident present with IgG or IgM antibodies. Following the serology test results as well as the continued screening and monitoring, and given the minimal exposure to any residents, we do not feel that there is a serious concern for our residents.
Please know that we are taking every precaution that we can and will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.
Beginning today we will be posting and updating cases to the MDVcontact.com website.
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.