Wellspring Lutheran dispels rumors of COVID-19 positive patients coming to Fairview

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FAIRVIEW — Wellspring Lutheran has denied rumors that have been circulating on social media that  COVID-19 positive patients are being imported to its skilled nursing facility in Fairview.

“There have been erroneous posts on social media that our Fairview facility is ‘importing COVID-19 positive patients from downstate,’” said Jill Haiser, the Vice President of Mission Advancement for Wellspring Lutheran.

Haiser said, however, the facility has taken the steps to deal with the possibility of COVID-19 patients coming to the facility.

”Our plans focus on the well being of our patients and staff and then secondarily the ability to serve the greater community,” she said. Currently we have no active cases nor are we aware of one in our facility or in the community,” she said.

Haiser said the facility is working under guidelines and guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and skilled nursing facilities across the state of Michigan and have been in active planning for the past several weeks.

She said the protocols in this instance are intricate and detailed.

“The focus is on isolation of the individual and treatment and care delivered by staff who are trained and equipped to do so safely,” she said.

Haiser said the facility is trying to gain access to the equipment needed if COVID-19 is spread in its facility. 

“Over the next several weeks, we are told that suppliers will be in a position to ship more quantities of everything we need. We take the protection of our staff very seriously, and we are monitoring our inventory daily,” she said.

“Like all health care providers, we are procuring the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from multiple sources.  Our inventory is adequate and growing, and we are working daily to procure additional supplies.”

According to Haiser, the facility is following the lead from local government agencies to combat the potential of an outbreak.

We have implemented every guideline, recommendation, and/or new rule provided to us by the CDC, CMS, and the DHHS in Michigan,” she said. “Infection control protocols have been reworked accordingly, and staff have been trained on the new protocols.”

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