REDDING, Calif.- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, local nursing homes are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of their staff and the people who live there.
Administrators at Oak River Rehab and Nursing facility in Anderson tells Action News Now one of those steps is limiting the number of people that can come in and out to only staff and local vendors.
Visitors are not allowed and administrators say all employees are screened and must have their temperature taken.
About 95% of the people that live at the facility are considered “high-risk” since they’re over the age of 65.
People keep in touch with their loved ones either through phone or facetime and activities have been limited. When it comes to dining, they must eat in their rooms.
“We want to make sure that everyone is protected and I just want to personally thank the employees that work there because they’re strong and compassionate for the patients that are there and want to make sure that they’re safe and comforted right now,” says Greg Hollingsworth, administrator at Oak River Short Term Rehab and Skilled Nursing.
Hollingsworth tells Action News Now there are currently no coronavirus cases at the facility.
If that were to change, the facility does have a backup plan. Hollingsworth tells Action News Now, the facility has an area in the building where the person would go to and receive special medical care.
All nursing staff are required to wear masks. Oak River Rehab and Nursing tells Action News Now family members have stopped by and posted artwork outside their family members’ window to bring a little cheer.