The current COVID-19 outbreak situation means that it is critical that we take every precaution possible. We must prevent this virus from entering our center. Protecting our residents’ health and safety is our top priority.
The CDC has done a careful review of theâ€¯death rate in the elderly, especially those with dementia or chronic diseases. Experts are recommending we take action to limitâ€¯individuals from entering our building andâ€¯to ensureâ€¯sick employees stay home.â€¯
Early data shows that
- The mortality rate for people over 80â€¯in the general populationâ€¯isâ€¯15%â€¯inâ€¯China.â€¯â€¯
- The World Health Organizationâ€¯report estimatesâ€¯the mortality rateâ€¯at 21.9% for those over 80.
- At the nursing home in Washington state, there have been 50 residents who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As of March 9, 2020, 19 of those have died. This is a high death rate.
There is a risk that people who appear healthy will enter nursing homes and infect residents. Studies of past viral epidemics where recommending prevention was delayed were not effective. These studies show that the sooner we limit interactions with each other and wash your hands frequently virus spreads more slowly.
These facts have led many to recommend severe limitations on visitors. This describes why we have taken this action now.
We hope this explains to you why we are asking people to limit their visits. This may prevent you from physically seeing your family member or friend. Our residents’ health and safety are our top concern. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect them.
Please feel free to contact The Oaks Nursing Home, Inc. with any questions. Please make sure we have your latest contact information. Thank you for supporting these efforts.