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So here is an update:
On Sat I received a text from a lady who works with me on the same unit (where we had covid cases) saying she tested positive. I also received an automated message from the facility later in the afternoon saying we had 2 more residents and 1 more employee test positive.
When I got to work today the number had increased to 17 residents and 8 employees. Since I usually worked on the unit where the cases came from I asked to be tested (even thought we are having facility wide testing tomorrow). Thankfully my test was negative (I had been taking my temp all weekend). I still plan on getting tested again tomorrow, since I really don't trust the "quick" test.
The facility had originally set aside 6 rooms for covid residents, needless to say management had to do some fast thinking. So they decided to lockdown the unit where most of the covid cases where, so that means I won't be working there because we have specific staff for that unit. The rest of the facility is still under strict infection control measures.
So you can imagine it has been very stressful, but we're hanging in there.......................
Stay safe everyone and wear your masks!!
OMG Tammy ... That just goes to show you how fast this virus spreads. I don't go out much anyway, but when I do I wear my mask.
Hopefully tomorrow's test will be negative also. Hang in there, gal!
This thing is so insidious. We just found out our adult granddaughter decided to do some partying in Cancun with friends last month. She started feeling sick about a week after she got home, finally had to go to ER for IV hydration and tested positive for COVID. She described the next 10 or so days as "hell", with every aspect possible of really bad flu. Had to have IV hydration twice. Thank goodness she's all well now. She didn't say anything about contact tracing, but it's not hard to imagine that EVERYONE she came in contact with is vulnerable.
Tammy, you and your co-workers are real heros. Stay strong, stay safe.
I don't go out much anyway, but when I do I wear my mask.
I'm much the same, been out of the house maybe six times this entire spring and summer, mask firmly on my face.
I have physical therapy once a week for my back issue so I go out for that. You have to wear a mask and everyone there is also wearing a mask. You call when you get there and wait in your car until they come to the door and signal you can come in. So there's only one person in the waiting room at a time and they immediately take your temp, have you use hand sanitizer and take you to the individual room for your therapy. I go out every other week to pick up my groceries and I wear a mask even though I don't have to get out of the car because the employee (wearing a mask) comes up to my car window. In the past six months I've been to my son's once, my daughter's once, my sister's once and my mother's maybe half a dozen times. I wear a mask each time. I've also had to go to a couple doctors during this time and I wear a mask. All but one of the doctors' offices were taking temps and making you use hand sanitizer and you had to wait in your car until they called/texted you to come in. The one office that wasn't doing anything other than wearing masks was my primary care physician - the one place I felt the most susceptible because someone else might come there with symptoms to see the doctor. I was very disappointed. The other doctors were specialists where you wouldn't go to be treated for a fever, etc.
My primary care physician told me I should go out and do more than I was doing. She explained that someone in my age bracket (I'm 68) living alone at home was only 1-2% likely to die from Covid-19. I looked her in the eye and told her it wasn't the dying I was concerned about - it was the suffering before I died. She didn't respond to that. And the only reason I went to see her was they were "holding my prescriptions hostage" until I went to the doctor.
I just want to be careful.
I know exactly what you mean by holding prescriptions hostage ---- but those doctors want that Medicare payment and virus be damned.
You sound much like me, except I've only lived in Tucson for a short while and really don't know anyone to go visit. My daughter is in Seattle and is mad because I have forbidden her to come visit me. Fortunately, my doctor did my prescription visit by phone. The weather was so hot last month I started taking a bottle of water out to the mail carrier on days it goes over 100. She said on the really hot days the bottle she brings from home every day is empty by the time she gets to my apartment complex so she appreciates me bringing her some. The women in the management office still work, but the office is closed. I wave when I drop my rent check in the mail slot.
Now that the weather is cooling off a little (highs in the 90s) I should be able to do a little walking. There was a fire in the state park I normally walk in. They just today partially opened, but the bathrooms are still closed, so I'll have to wait a while longer (LOL).
The weather was so hot last month I started taking a bottle of water out to the mail carrier on days it goes over 100.
That brings back memories. When I was a kid (back in the late 50s) for a while we lived in a subdivision where we didn't have mailboxes at the road. We had those little ones mounted on the wall next to the front door and the mailman delivered the mail on foot. When it was really hot it was a really big deal to wait for Mr. Williams on the front porch with a big glass of ice water or iced tea. We got such a kick out of that. Just goes to show it didn't take much to make a 7-year-old happy back then. Simpler times!
Tammy, I hope you stay safe, and your colleagues and residents are all okay in the end.
It's scary how quickly this virus can spread. We had 1 case in the whole country back in early to mid August. That one case then spread to 170 people. Fortunately we have very good contract tracing in place and no new community spread happened outside of contacts of that original person and the people it was spread to. The scariest thing is that they still have no idea how that original person caught it. It is so hard to keep this virus out. The sad thing is we lost three more people to this small outbreak, bring the NZ death toll to 25.
The majority of NZ has no restrictions at all because all the cases were up in Auckland. Auckland's strict lockdown is over as cases have dropped to near nothing, with many days at nothing. They are still having to wear masks and physical distance up in Auckland.
At the beginning when they locked Auckland down the police had to block the roads out of the city because so many people tried to flee, particularly the wealthier Aucklanders who had second homes elsewhere. Because they wouldn't let them out of Auckland unless they had a good reason, the virus has not spread to the rest of the country. The South Island were I live is still 100% covid free. We are doing our best to make sure it stays that way.
We have an election coming up next month. It was supposed to be this month but with Auckland's issues it was put back one month. I'm really confused about who I am going to vote for. I wish I could mash the best bits of both major parties together and vote for that!
So in my previous post I let you all know that we had facility wide covid testing. This morning I received a message from the facility stating that if we haven't gotten a phone call (I didn't) then our test result was negative, so good news for me. Later in the afternoon I got another message. This one was to let us know that after this last round of testing we now had a total of 27 (was 17) residents and 12 (was 8) staff test positive. About an hour ago I went on the facility's Facebook page. There it was noted that 3 contracted employees also tested positive. This would be our Therapy Dept, although they are located inside our building they are a separate company. They work with both in-patients and out-patients.
Now for the sad news, it is with heavy heart that I must share that we lost a resident to covid on Wed. Given the location of our covid unit I'm sure that I took care of this resident on a daily basis. Since I have been off work for the last 3 days I don't yet know who the resident is, I'll know more tomorrow when I get to work.
For those of you wondering, I'm not currently working on the covid unit. The first cases came from the unit I was working on. Our original plan was having 6 rooms set aside for covid residents. When the first few cases appeared those residents were moved to these rooms. However, within 3 days the cases went way beyond the 6 room capacity, so they decided to move the covid unit to the original unit where the cases originated. They have designated staff for that unit and a separate entrance. I am currently on light duty (have a work injury) so I have limited contact with the residents at this time. They gave me the option to work the unit but I declined, not only because of my current injury, but another health issue.
Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers...............
Stay safe everyone and wear your masks!!