Higher coronavirus case counts mean more guidance and possibly more mandates to curb the spread.
Monday, the governor and state officials say the nursing home industry can expect aggressive steps to protect a community that’s been hit very hard. And by mid-week, we could learn of more action to help slow down the community spread.
Spared for months, the heartache in long term care, Sayre Christian Village began seeing the loss all to common to those caring for those in the twilight years of their lives last month.
“When it gets into a facility like ours, in congregate setting, it spreads very very rapidly,” said Karen Venis. “We have to date, 35 residents who are positive.”
State health leaders announced new aggressive measures to combat the spread, such as discouraging outings, and requirements of quarantines upon return.
“So I actually agree with the guidance that has come out. I think it’s good guidance. To put their health and safety first,” said Venis.
If things don’t improve by mid-week the Governor says there will be some additional steps announced. But he also cautions what he will suggest or mandate will be much different than what he mandated in March and April.
Beshear says those steps will be a more targeted approach to stop the community spread.
“We right now are suffering from avoidable loss,” the governor said. “Meaning we have had loved ones who have died that we can stop. That we can prevent.”
Beshear said there are almost 1,600 active cases of residents and 970 staff in long term care facilities.
According to the governor’s numbers compared to last week’s, there are 200 more people hospitalized from a week ago and 60 more people in intensive care.