Canby care facility has 3 COVID-19 diagnoses, more expected
Despite state-mandated precautions that were in place, Country Side Living in Canby got some bad news in the last 24 hours.
The care facility had one patient confirmed with COVID-19 on Sunday and two more confirmed Monday. The first is still in the hospital, but alive, while the latter two are back at the facility and under vigilant care.
It was a bitter pill to swallow after so much effort was made to keep the infection out of the facility.
"I was hoping it wouldn't hit us, and it stayed away a long time," said owner Erik Berkey. "I'm sure this won't be all of them as this is highly contagious."
Berkey said that there were a lot of rumors out there, much of which were incorrect. Country Side wasn't closed due to the positives of the last two days, but closed to visitors on March 13 as part of the mandated closure from the governor. Since then, the facility has been in lock-down with efforts made to keep its residents safe from infection.
"I kind of thought we were ahead of the game, but it still got in here," said Berkey, who said one employee had also tested positive for COVID-19.
"We are just trying to contain it," Berkey said. "It's in our north building and our hope is that it doesn't get into our south building."
Most residents are taking meals in their rooms and are being helped to keep a distance from others. Berkey also noted that the Canby Fire District and CDC had been informed of the positive tests.
He said that strict safety guidelines are in place and have been since March 13.
The employee who tested positive is at home, of course, and any other employees who show any signs of illness are being sent home.
Berkey, in the midst of giving this interview, was on kitchen duty.
"Anyone with symptoms, we send them home," said Berkey, who noted the facility had some needs. "I'm in need of gowns and N-95 masks. They are the good ones that separate out 95 percent of bacteria and viruses.
"As an owner, it's scary because it's hard to keep out," he added. "I'm applying for payroll loans to keep us afloat. Our employees are scared and right now."
Berkey said that Country Side is looking at a couple of tough weeks ahead at this point and that "we are dealing with it as best we can. We are taking all the precautions – no visitors allowed – that we can at this point."
While Country Side has been closed, Berkey said that dementia care assistance via Thelma's Place is still available by calling 503-260-7595. The facility is closed, but a phone call will get a response.
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