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Amid ongoing outbreaks, company vaccinates staff and residents at high rate

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - A COVID-19 outbreak took place at Marquis Hope Village Post-Acute Rehab in June and July, and a second outbreak is still active.

A second outbreak at the Marquis Hope Village Post-Acute Rehab care facility in Canby that began in November is still active.

The scope of the outbreak is somewhat in question though. According to the Oregon Health Authority's weekly report on Wednesday, Feb. 10, there have been 47 total cases and nine deaths associated with the outbreak.

However, a Marquis Companies spokesperson said the numbers are a bit different.

"Our numbers are different and believe OHA's numbers may reflect community numbers, which are being attributed to Hope Village," the spokesperson said.

According to Marquis numbers, eight staff members and 22 residents have been infected, and there have been three deaths.

This follows an initial outbreak at the same facility in June and July of 2020, when 33 residents, 43 staff and approximately 37 associated persons were infected, and at least 10 residents died.

"It is important to understand our employees have been on the frontline of this global pandemic since its onset," the spokesperson said. "They are there because of their love and compassion for this vulnerable population. They do the work other people can't — and won't."

The November onset of COVID-19 at Marquis Hope Village PAR mirrors the spike in COVID-19 cases in Clackamas County.

Active outbreaks in care facilities, senior living communities and congregate living settings are defined as three or more confirmed COVID-19 cases or one or more COVID-19 related deaths. An outbreak remains active if new cases are identified within 28 days after the last case onset, which is why the Canby facility outbreak has dragged on.

But amid ongoing outbreaks at the Hope Village campus and at least seven other Marquis campuses around the state, the company has seen success when it comes to vaccinations.

"Marquis Companies has diligently followed the CDC and OHA guidelines and in fact, has been an active participant in rolling out the vaccine to our honored residents, well ahead of schedule," the spokesperson said.

According to a news release from the company, Marquis has vaccinated 82% of staff and 90% of residents and has seen its COVID-19 cases plummet by 53%. This participation outpaces the participation at 11,000 facilities nationwide, where an average of 38% of staff and 78% of residents accepted the vaccines.

"Three of the biggest reasons for our early finish and high registration are: broadly and consistently communicating the science behind the vaccine and why it's safe; using our company-owned CDC 'trusted and approved provider' of the vaccine, Consonus Pharmacy; and having our incredible Marquis nurses administer the shots," said Marquis Companies President and CEO Phil Fogg, who is also vice-chair of the American Health Care Association.

Now, the company is looking ahead to what's next for its facilities.

"With most of our residents and staff now safely vaccinated, we're collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority, the Governor's Office and other agencies on how and when we can safely resume pre-pandemic activities, and with what new protocols," Fogg said.


Kristen Wohlers
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