It’s been almost a yr since any residents on the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s nursing dwelling in Woodland Hills have examined optimistic for Covid-19, and the ability is taking additional precautions to maintain it that method in the course of the nationwide Omicron surge.
In the early days of the pandemic, 17 residents had been contaminated and 6 died – a sample seen at nursing properties throughout the nation. Rapid testing, quarantining, private protecting tools, vaccinations and many cash had been the MPTF’s keys to success.
During the most recent surge, “MPTF has had several staff members test positive, for the most part with mild cases. They are isolating,” MPTF president and CEO Bob Beitcher mentioned in a press release to Deadline. “No residents have tested positive in nearly a year now and MPTF is making every effort to keep it that way.”
Residents and workers in areas the place workers examined optimistic are being examined twice every week, whereas all others are testing as soon as every week, he mentioned, noting that MPTF can have carried out greater than 1,000 checks this week. Communal eating and social actions have been briefly suspended.
As a part of its strict routine, guests are allowed if they’ve been absolutely vaccinated and might present proof of a unfavourable Covid take a look at inside 72 hours, although that coverage is at present beneath evaluation. Residents leaving campus for greater than 24 hours should quarantine for 5 days, and everyone seems to be required to put on N95 masks to restrict the prospect of spreading.
“Fingers crossed!” Beitcher mentioned.