This past week was a confusing one due to the change in our date for the vaccine for our staff and Meadows residents. The date was initially scheduled for the 30th of December and has now been changed to January 12th. We have received confirmation of this date and are hopeful this holds as our first clinic date. We have received no information about clinics for our Pines unit or for the Independent Living residents, but would expect to hear something soon in this new year.
Admittedly, the initial state roll out of this vaccine has been clunky, but circumstances certainly lent themselves to a difficult start. However, we have seen success in other sites in our area, most notably WEL Doylestown, who had their first clinic that past week! It was a complete success, with all 150 doses administered during the clinic. All of their skilled residents, which is like our Meadows unit were vaccinated, and a little over 100 employees were also vaccinated! There were no serious side effects noted from residents or staff (other than a sore arm!) and the first resident was heard saying ‘I’ve been waiting for this a long time!’
The most recent positivity rate in Delaware County is 12.3%, which is a very slight decrease from the week before, but is still above the 10% threshold. The hospitals continue to be stretched on ICU beds, so we continue to ask that families refrain from onsite visitation at this time. We will continue to revisit weekly based on positivity rate, which is reported every Friday for the last 7 days.