During this unprecedented time, our commitment to families of patients and residents, as always, is to provide timely and accurate information. As it relates to COVID-19, effective communication is an important part of containing the virus. We continue to communicate the latest in preventative measures as well as actual cases in our center through phone calls, letters, and by updating our website.
As we have entered a new year, it is hard to imagine how different things are from just a year ago. The COVID-19 global pandemic has encouraged us to be flexible, to be patient, to grow and to be resilient. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we want to ensure our families have easy access to the most up to date information and are committed to keeping this information as up to date as possible. As of mid-December 2020, our centers began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and continue to schedule additional vaccination clinics for our residents and staff.
We are optimistic and looking forward to this highly anticipated vaccine. Our residents have witnessed and participated in vaccination programs that have eliminated smallpox and taken the fear out of polio. The new COVID vaccines can have the same impact. According to the CDC, the vaccine will require two shots, it cannot cause COVID disease and the side effects have been those typically seen with other vaccinations like a sore arm at the injection site, chills, muscle pains, headache and a low-grade fever. All have only lasted for a brief time. We encourage you to learn more about the vaccine from our state health department or through the CDC’s website by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.
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We are closely following information as it continues to evolve under COVID-19 in order to implement new recommendations and protocols from the CDC and Ohio Health Department. Infection control remains a vital part of every protocol we follow as well as ongoing daily education for our staff. Safety is not a new priority here at MacIntosh and in continuing to protect our communities through safety, transparency and communication, we have been keeping a close eye on each community. Below you will find a regularly updated graph the lays out our COVID-19 data by each MacIntosh community.
The top priority at the MacIntosh Company is the health and well-being of our patients, residents and employees. Therefore, we are taking extra precautions at this time to ensure our centers remain guarded against the spread of viral infections. We are in close communication with State and Federal officials to ensure we are taking appropriate actions.
We understand that we care for our country’s most vulnerable population and are committed to ensuring their health, safety and comfort. Every member of our centers teams are dedicated to this mission, diligently operating with our residents’ best interests at heart.
Staying connected has never been as important as it is during this stressful time. That is why we are pleased to provide our residents and their families and friends innovative communication options with Virtual Visitation and MacIntosh Messaging. Click here for more information regarding these communication options.
MacIntosh residents can enjoy coordinated indoor visitation with residents and their families at our communities with stringent visitation policies to mitigate the risks to our population. For more information regarding indoor visitation, please visit our Indoor Visitation blog.
We appreciate and thank you for your ongoing support during this time. For additional information, please contact our COVID-19 Hotline at 1-614-385-2121.
Additional One-Click Resources
Restart Ohio – Guidelines MacIntosh is closely following.
Guidance for Infection Control & Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Nursing Homes via Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Prevention strategies for Long-Term Care Facilities via Centers for Disease Control & Prevention