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Nursing home in Cedar Springs reports 36 cases of coronavirus

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 13:39:11-04

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — A nursing home in Cedar Springs is reporting that 31 of its residents and five of its staff have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Metron of Cedar Springs made the announcement today in a statement by Paul Pruitt, its director of operations.

The nursing home is a 77-bed facility offering 24-hour skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services and "clinically complex care" to patients, according to its website.

The rest of Pruitt's statement on the situation is below:

"These individuals are all located in one section of our community, which has been isolated. Two of those residents and the staff members are currently receiving care outside of our community. One of those residents is expected to return back to our community within the next few days. The rest remain in our care, are stable, and it does not appear as if any of them are at risk to be transferred at this time.

"We have been working closely with local, state and federal health departments. As a member of Spectrum Health’s High Performing Network, we have also been in continuous contact with the health system, its doctors and staff. We are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety and protection of our residents, staff and community.

"Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been closely monitoring and implementing the recommendations and requirements outlined by our local, state and federal health departments as well as the CDC, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is all in addition to our extensive health and wellness processes and procedures.

"As other facilities around the country have done, we have restricted visitors, guests and non-essential medical personnel to the building. Those essential visitors entering the facility, including doctors, are heavily screened prior to entry. Every staff member goes through the same screening process, including having their temperature taken prior to starting every shift. We are fully stocked with all necessary personal protection equipment, and our staff members are wearing these items throughout their shifts to care for our residents and for their own protection.

"The health, safety and well-being of our residents and our staff members is our top priority as we navigate this global pandemic and unprecedented health crisis.”