By now, I’m sure that you have all heard the Governors announcement from March 2, reversing the mask mandate and allowing most businesses to resume normal operations. While this is welcome news to our economy and local business, it does present an increased risk to our loved ones in nursing facilities. COVID-19 cases in nursing home cases have decreased by 90% since the vaccine arrived but it is important to understand that not all residents or staff members have accepted the vaccine. Additionally, the vaccine is not 100% effective at preventing COVID-19 with known exposure. We urge you to continue to be cautious and to assist us with ensuring the safety of our staff and residents.
Please consider vaccinating yourself and your loved ones, there is no better time. While we have already completed the 3rd and final scheduled COVID vaccine clinic, we were able to submit a request to Health and Human Services for an additional clinic. Separately, we submitted an application to the Department of State Health to store and administer the vaccine independently. We are waiting approval for both options and will keep you posted as we progress. We believe the COVID vaccine is vital to the health and safety of our residents and we are willing to assist with locating a vaccine HUB for you and/or your loved one.
COVID numbers remain on the rise in Kendall County, with restrictions being lifted we can only expect numbers to continue to increase in the coming weeks. We ask that you help us protect our residents by continuing to wear a mask when participating in high risk activities, washing your hands frequently, following best practices for infection control and accepting your COVID vaccine at your earliest opportunity.
We look forward to seeing our Nation progress toward normalcy very soon, we ask that you do your part to help us protect the safety of our staff and residents by getting vaccinated soon.