Nursing homes take extra precautions

STAFF PREPARED — Cloverlodge Care Center staff members, l.-r., Diana Reichert, Catie Czarnick, Eydie Schrad and Sandy Johnson in protective masks.

All area facilities are COVID-free so far

Area nursing homes and long term care facilities have been focused for several weeks on preventing any outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their facilities.
So far, the actions taken by the facilities and their staffs have proven successful.
There have been no COVID-19 cases at Good Samaritan Society, Albion, Cloverlodge Care Center, St. Edward, or Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home/Newman House in Newman Grove.
Coronavirus has taken a heavy toll in certain nursing homes from New York to Texas to Washington state, so there is plenty of awareness. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes and updates a long list of steps to be taken by long term care facilities each day.
Fortunately, all Boone County area nursing homes instituted “no visitor” policies early. There have been some active COVID-19 cases reported in surrounding counties, but so far none in Boone County.
Still, nursing home residents are more isolated than the average population.
Complete story about the steps being taken by all three area nursing homes in this week’s Albion News print and e-editions.