COVID-19 UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2021
On Monday, May 10, 2021, we again tested all Lucy Corr staff and all Health Care Center residents for COVID. All test results were again negative. We continue to test staff twice weekly, even as the county’s percent of COVID positivity is at 5.2%, the lowest it has been since September of 2020. We also continue to test residents weekly, especially now that we have welcomed in-person visitation to the Health Care Center again.
If you didn’t see it, the Richmond Times-Dispatch did a wonderful article on Mother’s Day visits at Lucy Corr and included the Health Care Center in their coverage. In fact, one of our long term care residents, Mrs. Connie Stroupe, was featured on the front page of the paper embracing her 4-year-old grand-daughter.
One item that was mentioned in the article about Lucy Corr’s COVID experience is incomplete. The article says that we went the first nine months of the lockdown without a case of COVID, which is true. However, the story goes on to claim we didn’t sustain any deaths due to the pandemic and that is not accurate. While we did not have any deaths in the calendar year 2020, after the first of the year, and before the vaccines were available, some of our outbreaks, even though they were well contained, resulted in the loss of more than a dozen total residents over the first two months of 2021. Out of respect for those residents we lost to the virus (and their families), I wanted to complete what the article mistakenly omitted. Lucy Corr’s staff did a remarkable job keeping COVID out, and keeping what snuck in contained, but our record was not perfect, and it is important to be honest about it.
The pandemic has been difficult on everyone, especially seniors, whose emotions often would swing from being fearful of the virus to being frustrated with the measures taken to protect them from it — namely the lock-down and isolation. This is exactly why we continue to celebrate that we are now seeing a reopening – but also why we are continuing to test everyone for COVID and encourage vaccinations among newly admitted residents and newly hired staff members. COVID is a great risk to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, even when they are “fully vaccinated.”
We hope you had an excellent Mother’s Day. Ours this year was better by leaps and bounds because our residents were not quarantined from visitors and we witnessed so many reunions and hugs that we cried along with those visiting.
Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers. On behalf of our caregivers and staff, we thank you.
— Derrick Kendall, CEO