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COVID-19 Update | February 15, 2021

NCC Vaccine Update
Special Tree held their second COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the NeuroCare Campus on February 4th.  We’re pleased to share that 70% of our clients and 107 staff are now fully vaccinated so far.  Staff who received their first dose on February 4th will get the second dose at the third and final NCC vaccine clinic on March 4th.  Our staff have expressed their excitement and hope about receiving the vaccine and see it as a critical step towards protecting our clients, their team members, and others in our community.   

Although many clients and staff are now vaccinated, we will continue to strictly follow our current COVID-19 safety practices and protocols to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 including PPE usage, visitor restrictions, social distancing, and other precautions from state and federal agencies.  Last week, the CDC changed guidance for COVID-19 quarantines after vaccination for healthcare workers.  Staff who've received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and are exposed to someone with the virus, no longer have to quarantine for 14 days as long as they remain free of symptoms.  This guidance applies to healthcare workers only and does not apply to residents of long term care facilities. The CDC recommends that residents continue to quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Many families have inquired about visiting their loved one after vaccination.  At this time, vaccination status has no impact on eligibility for indoor visitation.  We are waiting for formal guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with regard to client, staff, or family vaccination status and will keep you informed.  

    NCC Visitation Update
    We know you are eager to visit your loved one.  There are several factors that determine when long term facilities like Special Tree can safely lift visitor restrictions. According to the MDHHS guidelines, Special Tree can host in-person visitation, if there are no new staff or client cases within our facility for a period of 14 days AND the county positivity rate is below 10%.  Here’s where we are today:

    • Wayne County’s positivity rate is declining and is currently at “yellow status” or 5.8%.
    • Our last positive COVID-19 case was on February 4th. 
    • Plans are in place at NCC to safely welcome back visitors when visitor restrictions are lifted. 
    • We’re aware of how difficult this is for everyone and will continue to help you connect with your loved one virtually or through window visits.  

    NCC Testing Update

    • Mandatory bi-weekly testing continues for NCC staff and clients per MDHHS requirements.  If we have no new cases of COVID-19 for 14 consecutive days, we can reduce the testing frequency to once a week.  
    • We have no new active cases of COVID-19 from last week’s testing cycle.  
    •  As a reminder, you can follow pending and active cases on our website.

    More Updates:

    • All community outings remain suspended at this time. Only essential physician appointments are allowed and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • We are aggressively managing our supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are following best practices for disinfecting and cleaning our facilities. 

    Gratitude
    We are immensely grateful for all the efforts of our Special Tree team to keep our clients healthy and safe.  Since April 2020 we have not had any clients test positive for COVID-19!  From managing PPE to symptom tracking to frequent communications, their efforts have not let up since the pandemic began last year.  We’re also grateful for your continued support and patience through these difficult times.   We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date as we have news, and encourage you to reach out to your Case Manager with your questions and concerns.