31 residents positive for COVID-19 at Cedar Springs nursing home

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Cedar Springs nursing home has 31 residents and 5 staff members who tested positive for COVID-19.

Metron of Cedar Springs confirmed the positive COVID-19 cases to News 8 on Tuesday.

State records show the facility has 77 beds. Assuming all are full, that means nearly half of the residents are infected.

Employees say they were notified last week about a coronavirus case. The Kent County Health Department said the first positive test result at Metron came in on Friday. So far, there are no reports of any deaths at the facility. Only one person in Kent County has died after contracting the virus, a 71-year-old man from Kentwood.

“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,” Director of Operations Paul Pruitt said in a statement.

Pruitt added that the nursing home is taking “all necessary measures to ensure the safety and protection of our residents, staff and community.” 

Mission Point, which owns Metron, says since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, it has 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.”

A woman whose mother is housed at the facility and tested positive for COVID-19 says visitors were banned weeks ago at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. 

“I just want to make sure that my job is secure and that I can stay home,” one employee who spoke to News 8 said.

The employee is worried that the only two options are “bringing a virus home or not going into work and being let go.”

Concerned about speaking out, that person requested News 8 not use any audio and instead use only transcribed quotes.

The nursing home says, “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.”

Metron of Cedar Springs released the following statement Tuesday:

“We have had 31 residents and 5 staff members at Cedar Springs test positive for COVID-19.  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 wellbeing of our residents and our staff members is our top priority as we navigate this global pandemic and unprecedented health crisis.”

Paul Pruitt, Director of Operations

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