6 Oct 21
Residents and Family Members,
It has been a busy week on campus. With the convoluted rules, we are conducting outbreak testing for all Chateau residents and staff based on guidance that a positive point of care also known as a rapid test initiated the protocol, but we are not designated in outbreak. The positive test was followed by a PCR test through the state lab to validate our on-site results. Per current guidance, indoor visitation is suspended for the Assisted Living until we have two rounds of negative tests. The first round included our staff who had the positive rapid test and the PCR was also positive. No other positives were identified for either staff or residents. We tested again yesterday and will test again on Friday. These tests will allow us to make the determination for indoor visits at Chateau. Vaccination status has no impact on the criteria applied for the direction to temporarily suspend visitation.
During this period of no indoor visitation at Chateau, outdoor visits can be scheduled so you may still see you loved one. Call the facility to schedule a visit if desired.
The COVID booster clinic is scheduled for Friday, 8 Oct. We requested assistance from state personnel to perform the clinic and all who desire the booster (must have had Pfizer series initially) will be offered if 6 months or greater since second shot of the series has passed.
No change to this paragraph as contains the latest information. Active outbreaks have increased by another 3 to 21 active in the community with no new outbreaks in health facilities. Daily positives have been trending up since the beginning of the month and 1372 positives have been reported through 29 Sep while the rolling average for positive results for individuals tested in the last 7 days increased to 9.8% from 8.4% according to the county report. Parkview Hospital hospitalizations related to COVID is currently 40 cases while St Mary Corwin has 6 COVID case in their care. Parkview reported occupancy at 213 while St Mary Corwin is reporting 53 for occupancy. This leaves 19 available beds between the hospitals.
Reviewing CDC COVID data for Pueblo County, cases have increased 5.4% in the last week. Positivity has shown a minimal increase with testing increasing by .6% to 7.5%. New hospitalizations have dropped by 11% however beds in use remained the same with ICU bed usage decreasing 6.1%. Vaccinations for all county residents increased to 52.9% of residents with one does and 47.9% fully vaccinated.
This letter is provided electronically either through email or our website. We do mail a copy the first week a new admit joins us if no email has been provided to share the information how to receive future copies via the website. If you are not receiving by email and would like to do so, let us know your address. Please contact the facilities with your questions.