TIFFIN — St. Francis Nursing Home is delaying the start of outside visitations that was supposed to begin July 20 after an individual at the facility tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a letter dated Wednesday, July 8, which was sent to residents and family members, St. Francis Senior Ministries received confirmation that an individual at the home has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Outdoor visitation for nursing homes in Ohio is set to begin July 20, but St. Francis will be restricting visitations at this time due to the positive case.
St. Francis is currently working with the Seneca County General Health District to get every resident and staff member tested.
“We understand that you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus,” the letter from St. Francis Senior Ministries Executive Director Gabe Stoll states. “Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.”
“Resident and staff safety is our top priority. We are doing everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of COVID-19 within St. Francis, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps,” the letter states.
“We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available. Please know that we are strictly adhering to all directions from the local and state health department.”