March 9, 2022
Dear Regina Health Center Community,
It has been a while since I last provided a COVID update, and I want to keep everyone informed of our status relative to the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, we have two residents who recently tested positive. Thanks be to God, neither one has serious illness – just cold-like symptoms. These are the first positive cases since just after the New Year. We will be conducting targeted testing on the affected units, per CMS directives. If your loved one is affected in any way, we will be in communication with you. These two positive cases, along with one positive employee case, are reminders to us that coronavirus is still a threat, despite the fact the pandemic seems to be subsiding. Since the end of last year, when the omicron variant surged, none of our residents or employees have experienced serious symptoms; none have needed to be hospitalized or needed extensive treatment. But this promising factor must not be interpreted as a victory over COVID and an end to the pandemic. Despite the CDC’s recent recommendation to the general public that COVID precautions can be relaxed, these recommendations do not apply to us. Healthcare institutions operate under the auspices of CMS and the Ohio Department of Health, and their directives have not changed. All employees and visitors are still required to wear a mask at all times, and all are required to have their temperature taken and answer a wellness questionnaire each visit. We are happy to comply with this precautionary measure to ensure the health and well-being of our residents. This small, reasonable request of wearing a mask while in the facility is certainly worth the minor inconvenience, as it supports the wellness of our residents. Pray that soon, even this precaution will be unnecessary!
May God continue to bless you and those you love.
Deacon Mark Yantek