Submitted by Communications Team on February 26, 2021 - 4:42pm
After many weeks of having no active cases of COVID-19, we were notified on the evening of February 25th that a team member at the NeuroCare Campus tested positive. As a result of this:
- Special Tree has initiated contact tracing to identify, monitor, and support individuals who may have been exposed to the virus.
- We continue to track our client and staff pending and confirmed cases here.
- Having one positive case pushes NCC into outbreak status which requires bi-weekly testing of clients and staff beginning next week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Bi-weekly testing will continue until we have no new positive cases at NCC for 14 days.
- Visitor restrictions remain in place at NCC.
NCC Visitation Update
On a positive note, Wayne County's positivity rate continues to go down and is currently at 4.3%. If the rate stays below 10% and we have no new cases for 14 days, we could potentially open up for indoor visitors and begin easing other restrictions next month. We'll continue to keep you informed and are hopeful that clients and their families will be safely reunited soon. 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 COVID-19 Vaccine Update
- We will be holding our third and final NCC vaccine clinic on Thursday, March 4th.
- Clients and staff who did not receive the vaccine at Special Tree will need to seek other arrangements that are available in the community until we have further options available to us.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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