We were notified today that a team member at the NeuroCare Campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member was fully vaccinated and boosted and is now on a 14-day quarantine. Visitation at the NeuroCare Campus remains open, but outbreak testing will continue for clients and staff regardless of vaccination status until we are COVID-19 free for 14 consecutive days. As a reminder, all visitors must wear a mask at all times, including in a client's room. It is preferred that visits occur in the client’s room during outbreak periods. We continue to track our client and staff pending and confirmed cases on the COVID-19 page of our website.
The highly transmittable omicron variant is now present in Michigan and the number of new cases is expected to increase in the coming weeks. We anticipate being in outbreak status more often than not as cases rise in our region. A new study from the CDC shows that people without a vaccine are 10 times more likely to get COVID-19 and 20 times more likely to die from it. Delta is still driving a majority of hospitalizations, while experts say omicron is spreading faster and infecting more people. Doctors say having all three of the COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to avoid getting sick. Get the latest updates on omicron here. We continue to offer vaccinations and booster clinics to clients and staff as part of our vaccine mandate from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). (The CMS vaccine mandate is now in effect in Michigan and 25 other states after a nationwide injunction that prevented a health care worker COVID-19 vaccine mandate from taking effect was narrowed by a federal court to apply only in the states involved in the lawsuits against the CMS.
Our staff continues to follow strict infection control practices at the NeuroCare Campus to keep our clients, staff, visitors, and communities safe. We urge you and your loved ones to remain vigilant in safety precautions as well. Wearing facemasks, maintaining social distancing, frequent handwashing, and getting vaccinated can help reduce the spread of the delta and omicron variants.