An eager reader notices that the Walworth County Care Center reports that over half of its elderly residents have tested positive for coronavirus:
Things don’t always go as planned, but it’s the unplanned that identifies our best- and our best is our residents, their families, and our staff. Positive COVID tests continue to rise in our facility- at this time we have identified over half of our residents. We have a preparation plan in place for this part of our COVID journey. This plan involves temporary housing of some residents at a MRH campus location, as well as extending our in-house COVID unit. A professional cleaning team arrived this afternoon to do a deep, thorough clean of the facility.
A HUGE thank you to the employees for their extra hard work, as well as the Mobridge Regional Hospital for their support.
We will get through this! [Walworth County Care Center, Facebook post, 2020.10.08]
This grim reports comes after the WCCC posted on Teusday that they had identified no positive staff or residents and had passed a state infection control survey last week “with flying colors!”
Note that WCCC is having to house some residents at the Mobridge Regional Hospital, which puts an additional strain on that facility and reduces the resources available for other members of the community who get sick or injured.
Meanwhile, Governor Kristi Noem went to Florida this week to campaign, unmasked, un-socially-distanced, in front of a sweating, shouting crowd, side-by-side with her political pal Corey Lewandowski.
Asked about the risky conditions at her Florida events, Governor Noem said, “If someone is concerned about these type of events, they can stay home.” Noem’s refusal to stay home and work shows she’s not concerned about the events taking place in South Dakota, where coronavirus has kicked the WCCC residents out of their home.
South Dakota has 774 new coronavirus cases today. We all need to stay home for a couple weeks.