LOGAN — Last Monday, December 14, a COVID-19 outbreak was reported at Westmont Care Center, a long-term care facility in Logan.
Twelve residents and eight staff members tested positive for the virus. This is after the facility did not have any cases since the pandemic began back in March 2020.
Currently though, the staff and residents have been hanging in there, said Wendy Soulek, CEO of KISMET LGN, LLC, the corporation that owns the Center.
"The residents are doing well and in good spirits," added Care Center Administrator Stephen Osborne.
It is unknown exactly how the virus made it into the facility, which has been in lockdown since the pandemic started.
But with the spread in the communities being intense, we knew there was a high risk of an outbreak occurring, Soulek commented.
"We worked so hard and made it [this far] since our lockdown in March," the CEO added.
Since the beginning, testing has been done twice a week on all employees and essential contractors.
The staff has been wearing masks and face shields, too. And of course, the CDC and CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service) guidelines have been followed as well.
The local Public Health Department has been very proactive following the recommended treatment regimens as able from those CDC guidelines, said Soulek.
“We are grateful, [too], that the local hospital is providing Bamianivimab Therapy, which may lessen the severity of the symptoms in some recipients,” Wendy added.
Soulek said the team has really pulled together and she is very grateful for that.
It is so disheartening to have this outbreak occur over the holidays and so close to vaccination availability, she added. We know the residents, staff and facility have a long recovery.
Osborne stated that he is thankful for not only the staff, but also the community who have given gifts to the Center.
"...It has helped keep the residents' spirit up," he said.
We continue to encourage families and friends to reach out by calling us and ask for our Social Services coordinator, Sami Lutz, or Activities coordinator, Mary Mathews.
They will help you set up a virtual meeting with a resident through FaceTime, Skype or Zoom, Osborne said.