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Heritage Health in Mendota is the third nursing home in La Salle County to report a coronavirus outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 85-bed long-term care facility has had 22 confirmed cases among residents and staff as of Friday, said Melissa Beaver, vice president of community relations and marketing at Heritage Operations Group. She did not break down how many of those cases are residents because of federal restrictions, she said.
Officials at Heritage Health said they are following federal, state and local guidelines, which include screening staff twice per day, zoning residents within the facility based on test results and exposure and disinfecting the building, among other procedures.
“Our leadership team at Heritage Health-Mendota continues to work with their local health department to ensure we are following their guidelines and protocol with a case of a positive COVID-19 test in the building," said Ben Hart, president and CEO of Heritage Operations Group. "While the caregiving staff continues to adhere to the infection prevention measures we have in place, they continue to provide uninterrupted services to our residents and stability to their daily routine especially during this coronavirus pandemic. We are thankful for all that our employees do and that the families of our residents continue to trust us to care for their loved ones.”
Beaver said Heritage Health has placed an emphasis on communicating any new positive cases with staff, residents and residents' family members. Letters are issued before 5 p.m. the next day after a positive test result at the facility.
The Mendota facility joins nursing homes Aperion Care Marseilles and Ottawa Pavilion with previous reported outbreaks in La Salle County.
The outbreak at Aperion Care Marseilles is considered closed, which means there have been no confirmed cases in the past 28 days. There were 42 cases among staff and residents, as well as 10 deaths from complications related to COVID-19, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at Ottawa Pavilion since mid-June and no residents. The staff members have each recovered and returned to work.
Heritage Health Mendota is undergoing weekly testing. These tests will continue until the facility reports all negatives, Beaver said.