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St. Francis Home reports surge in COVID-19 cases Staff




Tiffin, Ohio — St. Francis Home is reporting a total of 26 residents and 12 staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of Tuesday.

According to Gabe Stoll, executive director of St. Francis Senior Ministries, all residents in the facility will be tested again on Jan. 5, 2021, or before if any resident shows signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

All staff members will be tested again on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

“Because of new federal requirements if we receive a positive test we are required to test all residents and staff every 3-7 days until we have no positive cases in the facility,” Stoll wrote in a letter to St. Francis residents and family members.

Stoll said St. Francis has had to stop their indoor visitation for residents due to the surge in cases.

“As soon as we are clear of all COVID-19 in the facility for 14 days we will resume visitation. We now have to quarantine all residents to their rooms and stop beautician services at this time,” Stoll said.

Stoll said St. Francis is working with local and state health officials to ensure they are taking all the appropriate steps for COVID-19 safety. He encouraged family members to still connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.

St. Francis had its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Sunday. That clinic was for the first shot of a two dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine. The date for the second dose of the vaccine has been set for Jan. 25, 2021. All staff and residents will have the opportunity to get vaccinated, Stoll said.