Park Manor’s COVID-19 Outbreak and Vaccination Update for December 22, 2020
Great news today!
Park Manor’s COVID vaccine immunization dates have been set for January 8, 2021 and February 9, 2021. Through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Program, Walgreen’s will be administering COVID vaccines to all residents and staff on these two dates. We will be administering the Moderna vaccine, as this is the vaccine the federal government has designated for the state of Wisconsin. The Moderna vaccine is a two dose series with the second dose being administered at least 28 days after the first. The first dose will be administered January 8th with the second dose being administered February 9th. We will also have a third date in March available for new residents and employees who do not start the series until February. Initial testing has determined that full immunity is in place two weeks after the second dose has been administered. The Moderna vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the COVID virus infection.
How will this change life at Park Manor? Initially, not much. While it will be great to have residents and staff develop the COVID immunity, 5 of 100 people who get the vaccine will not be immune. There will also be a certain percentage of the population who will not take the vaccine. So, until the vaccine is available to the general population, many more people get vaccinated, and we see a marked decline in COVID infections, all COVID precautions will remain in place. We will continue to follow the guidance of CMS, CDC and the state of Wisconsin as we move to reopening in the future.
One benefit of the vaccine will be the elimination of COVID infections in Park Manor staff. We had 17 days with no new staff infections, but had two staff members test positive in our last round of testing. As a result, we are still in an outbreak status and unable to lessen our visiting restrictions. While we are still able to admit residents into Rivers Edge, two wings on our second floor were placed in precautionary quarantine for 14 days.
As we progress through the continued uncharted waters of COVID infections and vaccines, we look forward to a day when we can throw open the doors and welcome everyone back in to our building. Until that time we will continue to make life as normal as possible for our residents, your family and friends. Continue to visit as often as you can using social media and window visits.
We encourage all residents, staff and visitors to continue to maintain their COVID precautions at Park Manor, at home and in the community. We also hope everyone gets the COVID vaccine when it becomes available to them. Doing both will help bring the end of the COVID pandemic.
Merry Christmas to residents, families and our community!