Canyonlands health center affected by COVID-19 epidemic

Prior to last week, the Canyonlands Care Center was one of the few nursing homes in the state of Utah that, since the start of the pandemic, had not seen any cases of COVID-19 in a resident.

Between 11 and 20 residents of Canyonlands Care Center have active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, November 3. All but one resident received treatment designed to reduce the severity and duration of the illness. Photo file

This streak recently ended on October 26. So far, no resident has died from the epidemic.

“Canyonlands Care Center is currently experiencing a Covid outbreak,” said Colette Lyman, registered nurse and nursing home administrator. “We work with the local and state department[s] health as well as [Moab Regional Hospital] to follow all Covid protocols and provide the best possible care to affected residents. “

While the health center periodically saw a positive case among staff members, one resident and one staff member each tested positive on October 26 and the center responded quickly.

“There have been no hospitalizations or deaths,” Lyman said on Tuesday, November 2. “Visits are not recommended until the outbreak is over. All residents and staff are tested daily to try to manage the outbreak.”

Throughout the pandemic, long-term care facilities have been particularly vulnerable to epidemics due to the airborne nature of COVID-19 viral particles and the fact that facilities put many older people vulnerable to the disease in one. group.

Jillian Fryer, director of nursing at the care center, said the we The National Guard was recently sent to Moab to inspect the isolation unit as the center stood up after learning that a local resident had tested positive. She said the force approved the unit, which the Moab Regional Hospital helped set up.

“The Canyonlands Care Center would like to especially thank the Moab Regional Hospital for all of its additional support during this outbreak,” said Lyman.

Fryer said the care center administered monoclonal antibodies to all but one of the residents at the care center, including those who had not tested positive for the disease. The we The Department of Health and Human Services said the treatment shows “promise” and may reduce the risk of serious illness in people who test positive for COVID-19 or who are at high risk for more severe symptoms.

“I was so impressed and so happy to see how much our staff has grown,” Fryer said of the centre’s response to the outbreak. “We have people who put their lives at risk for the safety of our residents. “

As of Wednesday, Nov. 3, the health center had between 11 and 20 cases, according to the Utah Department of Health. Fryer was not immediately able to provide more precise figures, pending an investigation with the chairman of the board that oversees the health center.

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