Perry County Nursing Home Administrator Brent Hinson released this week the following statement about efforts to deal with COVID-19 at that facility, what he describes as the “heroic” actions of his staff, and the successful vaccination of a majority of residents and many employees.
“Over the past year, the United States and countries around the world have been dealing with the effects of a global pandemic, the likes of which we have not seen since the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak.
“Everyone’s personal lives and all forms of business have been drastically affected by this pandemic.
“However, I don’t believe any group has been more adversely affected as the long term care industry and the residents we care for on a daily basis.
“Nursing facilities around the country and the world have been hit hard by COVID-19. Perry County Nursing Home has not been immune to the virus.
“During the middle of October this invisible enemy, despite constant testing and infection control measures, found its way into our building and changed the lives of those who live and work at our facility forever.
“Following the first cases, we worked to contain the virus through isolation and infection control procedures and by treating the residents who were COVID positive.
“Approximately four to five weeks after the first confirmed cases, we were able to declare our facility once again “COVID free,” but regrettably, the damage had been done. Large numbers of our residents and staff contracted the virus.
“While many of those who tested positive for COVID only had …..
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